Baking | Tropical Cream Pie … The Boston Cream Pie just got a tropical makeover!

“Your idea of that dish has evolved, and if you’re a cook, you can start thinking in different ways about it, maybe even a different way than I think about it.”
Thomas Keller

Tropical Cream PieThis Tropical Cream Pie is reminiscent of a phase of my life which encouraged me to ‘think out of the culinary box. A long long time ago I was a part of a food event run at Project Foodie. The event was called Leftover Tuesdays and it encouraged you to get creative with leftovers in your fridge, pantry, freezer; a chance to create something fun and intriguing with stuff you had but didn’t have plans for! I fell off that bandwagon years ago yet the ‘creative leftover idea‘ became a ‘part of me’! Tropical Cream PieWe had some rather delicious desserts out of the kitchen recently – Filled Pate a Choux Swans and Pineapple Mascarpone Cake. Sadly decadence like this does the disappearing act pretty soon. Luckily enough, there is a rather delicious upside … ingredient leftovers, and this is the part I love most! I had some crème pâtissière from the Pate a Choux Swans and homemade mascarpone from the Pineapple Mascarpone Cake. Both made from scratch and wonderful ingredients to get creative with. You could whisk them together and serve them over cake or fruit {or both}Tropical Cream Pie… OR you can do better than that!! I have always wanted to make a Boston Cream Pie and the knowledge that it used crème pâtissière gave me something new to try! More ‘fridge type spring cleaning‘ later resulted in the pâtissière getting an indulgent uplift thanks to the mascarpone … the filling became smooth & silky!Tropical Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie is a remake of the early American”Pudding-cake pie”. Cooks in New England and Pennsylvania Dutch regions were known for their cakes and pies and the dividing line between them was very thin. This cake was probably called a pie because in the mid-nineteenth century, pie tins were more common than cake pans. The first versions might have been baked in pie tins.

Tropical Cream Pie Just in case you wonder why my cream pie looks like a cake and not a pie, it is actually a cake but is called a pie.

A Boston cream pie is a round cake that is split and filled with a custard or cream filling and frosted with chocolate. Created by Armenian-French chef M. Sanzian at Boston’s Parker House Hotel in 1856, this pudding and cake combination comprises two layers of sponge cake filled with vanilla flavored custard or crème pâtissière. The cake is topped with a chocolate glaze {such as ganache}. In 1996, the Boston Cream Pie beat the Nestle Tollhouse Cookies and Indian Pudding to fight it’s way to become the official dessert of Massachusetts.

Tropical Cream Pie Del Monte has paired with IndiBlogger for a contest using Del Monte products. Stuff like this inspires me and the dream begins! Give me a palette to play with and my creativity takes wings! This is my variation of a good cake that got a tropical makeover! The result was delicious and it looked good too!Summer Fruit JellyI really like the Del Monte Fiesta Fruit Cocktail; great flavours and textures in there. I’ve used them before in the summer fruit jelly above which we loved – they offer a riot of colours and taste great too. This time I pushed my luck further to use it in a pie filling … and it worked! Beautiful flavours and colours rewarded us when we cut through the cake.Tropical Cream PieThe chocolate on top surprisingly tied the cake together, in line with the traditional ganache or glaze that crowns the Boston Cream Pie. The grated chocolate on top, a non Boston Cream Pie feature, was thanks to a leftover portion of milk chocolate to add some texture. It’s a good make ahead cake and if you do the filling from scratch like me, it would need a days advance planning to make the macsarpone and crème pâtissière.Tropical Cream PieIts a good idea to let it sit for a couple of hours to allow the flavours to marry and the cake to get moist and delicious. The sponge is a breeze to make {do read the recipe through twice} and don’t over bake the cake. As compared to my normal sponges, this one has some added fat in the end, which makes it ‘strong enough’ to hold a generous layer of filling!

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. It looks delicious
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  2. First pineapple mascarpone cake and now this! Leftovers can’t get any better! You are truly creative Deeba, the pie cake looks gorgeous, makes me greedy for dessert!
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  3. It looks beautiful. What a wonderful thing to create with leftovers! Btw, I have never ever heard of leftover chocolate before, never happens in my home.
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    • I always have some bits at my place Indu. I have a sweet tooth only for bitter chocolate {you’ll never hear of left over ‘that’}… and the remaining stash is far away from kids eye view!

  4. That definitely is a gorgeous pie and a big fruit punch Deeba…
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  5. Whoa! Beautiful pie and love the story of how it came about. Wish all my leftovers would morph into something so utterly delicious!
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  6. That pie is sooo gorgeous and soooo fresh looking…with all those fruits but i wish they werent canned :-p hehehe….Read about the Del monte event but their prizes did not inspire me to cook….lol….i have a thing against samsung stuff 😉
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    • I guess everyone has their one perspective MJ. For me, its the inspiration which gets the creativity going, and the end result isn’t the bait. It’s the involvement to see how far I can push the boundary, and to see if I can express myself. In a consumer driven market, one mans meat is anothers’ poison – Samsung survives for a reason I guess!

  7. That’s an heavenly dessert……looks extremely drool worthy…..
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  8. Candyce says:

    Its a perfect kind of dessert…Thank you for sharing the recipe…I will make this in our home on my dads birthday..My family will love this also..

  9. Your Boston cream pie is splendid! A wonderful dessert.



  10. The pie looks great. Great to have this as a dessert when calling everyone for a dinner or so. Looks really yum with all the fruits in it.

  11. Aah so those pictures that lured me on fb are a fruity cream pie. I love such fruits in a cake and I am sure you know it by now :-)
    Your pictures are really inspirational stuff.
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  12. This is beautiful, Deeba! Looks delicious and tempting… I am sure it tasted heavenly! Ongoing event at my blog –
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  13. Wow Deeba! I’m in awe! When we think that there os one pefect recipe you come in and make it even better… can’t believe that! Absolutely fabulous!
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  14. looks heavenly…and knowing you, i know it tastes absolutely heavenly too :)
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  15. My mom always made me a Boston Creme Pie for my birthday. This tropical version with homemade mascarpone is a winner.
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    • How sweet is that Val. While I wrote this post, I was hoping I would find a Boston Cream Pie connect somewhere. So glad I did, and even gladder it’s with you! I still remember our good old Blogger Aid days…miss them too! xo

  16. A Boston Cream Pie is my brother fav dessert. This twist sounds yum to me :)
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    • Yay Helene … you are the second Canadian who had a Boston Cream Pie connect {Val from MTBT was the other!} Now that Devils cake with the Midnight Ganache is intriguing me … and how! Big hugs!

  17. Tamara says:

    Absolutely fabulous!I cant wait to try this cakes…Its a perfect kind of desserts…

  18. Love it…love it….amazing, I just love your cakes and dessert. I am going to make this tomorrow. Thanks Deeba for sharing the recipe.
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  19. Wowsa! Beautiful and decadent. I’m really enjoying your blog.
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  20. I am going to copy (literally , even the way u have decorated it)this cake soon and even it comes out half as good as yours I will let you know!!
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  21. This looks gorgeous as usual D! I hope you win the Del Monte thing :)
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  22. Did you know that Boston Cream Pie cheesecake is one of S’s favorite? But I rather have you cake version! Love this, reminds me much of fruit of cream cake I love so much. Adore you much and your honesty in everything you do.
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  23. The cake looks wonderful. I love this twist to a classic.
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  24. panchali says:

    WOW! I guess, we have a winner here~ All the best~

  25. Very interesting jazzed up take on the Boston Cream Pie. I am a Bostonian myself. I always did think that cake was a little boring!
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  26. Very interesting take on the Boston Cream Pie! I am a Bostonian myself. I always did think that cake was a little boring!
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  27. Hi Deeba, you are so inspiring! Come over to my blog, there is some love for you and more coming up!
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  28. Mansi says:

    Hi Deeba – question on your sponge recipe. The ingredients say you need 3 eggs, but then the steps require 2 egg whites and then 2 whole eggs plus 1 egg yolk. In step number 6, did you mean to write 2 egg yolks and 1 whole egg? Thanks

  29. Wow! Indeed a winning recipe…purely reminded me of my aspiration of food and beverage. Truly loved this post, picture and recipes and all that creativity you wielded when allowed to play around. Many congrats and yeah keep baking :)
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  30. mihaela says:

    hi! what is the diameter for this cake(in cm if you could tell me)? Thank you

  31. Great post! We will be linking to this great post on our website.
    Keep up the good writing.
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