Yes, I am aware that the cake that follows is not a "true" Boston Cream Pie, but it tasted pretty darn good. Don't knock it until you try it.
Since I wasn't feeling up to a totally homemade cake, I swallowed my pride and picked up a mix for a butter cake at the grocery store. I don't usually like these mixes, especially when they are topped with canned frosting, but since I was making everything else fresh, I figured it would save some time. I mixed it up according to the instructions and popped it in the oven.
Instead of a traditional pastry cream filling, I got a little creative. I still wanted fluffy and vanilla, but I didn't want a custard. Instead, I purchased some cook and serve vanilla pudding. I made the pudding on the stove and put it in the fridge to cool. Since it wasn't as light as I wanted, I decided to get out my Kitchen Aid Mixer and make some fresh whipped cream. I only added vanilla extract to the whipping cream, since the pudding was already sweet. Once the whipped cream was complete, I folded it into the cooled pudding.
While the cake was still baking, I decided to start on the chocolate topping. I don't like sweet chocolate, so I opted for a dark chocolate ganache. If you've never made ganache before, you are missing out. You simply melt the chocolate in hot heavy cream, and stir until it's melted. Be careful not to burn the cream or chocolate. Let it cool to room temperature.
After the cake was baked and cooled, I created by Boston Cream Pie. I put a hefty amount of the pudding/whipped cream filling between my two layers. I then poured the chocolate ganache on top. It dribbled over the sides. Are you drooling yet?
My cake was a huge success. Much to my dismay, every last piece was devoured, and I didn't have any extra to take home. Try it out and let me know what you think.