Chocolate on Chocolate Boston Cream Pie with Rum Ganache Glaze

Today I had to make something special for the love of my life as we are celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary. The best 11 years of my life, my best friend, my equal, my love is forever lasting.
 It's so unusual to have four straight stormy days here in Florida. I was so hoping for a clear day. I started out with cutting the cake in half wrong, so I made another one. Then I made a huge mess, so  I will give you some tips about melting chocolate into hot heavy cream. Then when it rains it pours is the expression?  Well it started pouring when I took this shot, so if you see bubbles or raindrops on this cake it won't surprise me!  The good news is this one tasted just as I thought it would, decadent.
 It wasn't the best looking cake  and it had it's ups and downs today, but in the end it's like a great  marriage with imperfections. As long as there are more ups than downs, as life has it, 
 well then we have the perfect recipe with both! I am truly blessed...

This was the second mishap uneven cuts!
 The phone rang, someone was at the door and then the roof was leaking ugh! So of course not paying attention to time and getting preoccupied by everything,  I over beat the batter. So the cakes cracked! 
 I just thought the heck with it, that will be on the bottom of the dish anyway, so don't tell anyone our secret!

Using cocoa powder on the bottom of a greased pan looks so much better on chocolate cakes!


Chocolate Cake
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 egg
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla

Beat all ingredients on low for 2 minutes. Pour in prepared greased round  pans dusted with cocoa powder  ( I make two of this recipe).
Bake at 350 degree oven fo 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Prepare filling while baking.

Chocolate Pudding Filling:  Adapted  from the Barefoot Contessa

6 extra-large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons very good cocoa powder
Pinch salt
2 cups milk
1-ounce very good semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons heavy cream


Beat the egg yolks and sugar until light yellow and thick in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on medium-high speed. On low speed, add the cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt. Bring the milk to a boil in a medium saucepan and, with the mixer on low, slowly pour the hot milk into the chocolate mixture. Combine well, then pour the mixture back into the pan.
Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon, until thickened. If the mixture begins to curdle, remove it from the heat and beat it vigorously with a wire whisk. Remove the pan from the heat, add the chocolate, butter, vanilla, and heavy cream and mix until the chocolate and butter are melted.

Topping:  Chocolate Ganache
1 cup good grade bitter sweet chocolate run through a food processor
1 cup heavy cream

  • Place chocolate in medium glass bowl.  in a small pan heat cream bringing to a boil.( TIP: Watch closing as you add the chocolate the cream can spill over if not a deep enough bowl. )When the cream begins to boil, pour in the chopped chocolate, whisk till smooth. Stir in rum.  Cool slightly. Start in center of cake pouring over the top working outward.

  • Assembly:
    After the cake is cooled but still slightly warm, slice the cake in equal halves. Carefully spoon pudding on the cake, place second layer on top of that. Pour ganache over the the top layer. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

    Unfortunately for me, hubby had to work late and as I said earlier I'm on vacation this week. He has just started a new job so there was no way to get the day off.

     I had a nice afternoon with my son and his girlfriend. We had some lunch, watched a movie. My son set up our new dvd player I bought for an anniversary present for my hubby. When they left I went to get everything for dinner knowing we would really celebrate tomorrow  night since he is off.

    We had an awesome evening even though it was late. I cooked filet mignon on the grill, some crab legs, baked potato, a toast of Cabernet. After looking at our wedding photo's 11 years ago we talked about how fast the time flew by and  after digesting a little, we had our dessert.  It really was the perfect ending to our dinner and now for some quiet alone time... cheers

      thanks for reading~
    +claudia lamascolo  Author


    Belinda @zomppa said...

    Happy anniversary!! What a lovely photo!! I'll have a slice for you. =)

    Big Dude said...

    Happy anniversary and the cake sounds awesome - chocolate, stuffed with chocolate, topped with chocolate.

    Greg said...

    Happy Anniversary! No matter how many problems you had, the cake still looks good.

    Melynda said...

    Claudia, it sounds like a great day! Great job on the cake, and your right of course, the imperfections are what keeps life interesting! Take care.

    Denise @ Creative Kitchen said...

    Happy Anniversary! That cake still looks decadent....I want to dive right in. You all make a beautiful couple. Here's to many more years!!

    Denise @ Creative Kitchen

    Curt said...

    First off, great looking cake. That's a lot of chocolate.

    Second, that's a great photo. You two make a great looking couple.

    And third, happy anniversary! Off work or at work, it's your relationship that counts anyway. Glad you enjoyed your evening together!

    Mari said...

    You made a yummylicious dessert! Congratulations on your 11th anniversary! Cheers to many more years of love and happiness together!

    Claudia said...

    Happy anniversary, Claudia! Even if everything didn't go according to plan - it turned out beautifully, didn't it? The food, the day.. the cake. Sometimes some "alone" time is all you need (and some wine and chocolate cake).

    Beloved Green said...

    Happy anniversary!

    This looks like two slices of heaven. Gorgeous!

    Paper Plates and China Recipe Blog said...

    Happy anniversary! Sounds like you had a wonderful dinner and delicious dessert!

    kita said...

    Congratulations on your anniversary, though its a shame your hubby had to work late :(

    This cake looks wonderful, though!

    Dawnie @ The Coach's Wife's Kitchen said...

    Happy anniversary! The cake looks fantastic.

    M.J. said...

    Happy Anniversary! The cake looks delicious! I love chocolate!!

    Tina said...

    Happy Anniversary Claudia! I will have to come up with a way to ward off the chocoholics first before I make this cake. Buzz Buzz!

    Federica said...

    Happy Anniversary dear ^__^ It's nice to feel so much love in your words as the first day. I wish you many more years of happiness and love together. The cake you choose to celebrate is amazing. Bye, have a wonderful we

    Joanne said...

    Love anniversaries!
    The cake looks amazing.

    Cookin' Canuck said...

    Happy Anniversary to you and your husband, Claudia! This chocolate beauty looks like a wonderful way to celebrate.

    Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

    Happy anniversary! The cake looks divine indeed. Chocolate boston cream, hello delicious!! I had NO idea that over beating the cake batter would cause cracks in the cake. I learned something today, thank you!

    Reeni said...

    Happy Anniversary Claudia! Your cake looks delectable! Chocolate is the perfects sinful treat. xoxo

    Sandra said...

    Happy Anniversary Claudia, and I wish you both many many happy years to come. I am in love with your cake..I was just thinking few days ago about Boston Cream Pie..Oh yours is double chocolate..Delicious stuff:))
    Have a great day!

    Non Chef Nick said...

    Claudia, I want to wish you a most Happy Anniversary! Love that cake!!

    Jersey Girl Cooks said...

    Mmmmnnn chcolate. Happy anniversary Claudia!

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

    Anything with this much chocolate has to be delicious! Happy Birthday to you and your hubby!

    Catherine said...

    Dear Claudia, I am so happy for you! Cheers to the past 11 years and to many, many happy and healthy years ahead. I am wish you and your family fun and much laughter to make many happy memories. Your friend, Catherine xo

    anthony stemke said...

    What a lovely chocolate filled chocolate cake, my BW is here drooling all over the keyboard. I must get the groceries and make this cake.

    Thank You - and: Happy Eleventh.

    Shia said...

    Happy Anniversary! That is such a beautiful pic of you too =)

    Erin said...

    Happy Anniversary! It sounds delicious, even if it doesn't look like you want it to!

    Lizzy said...

    Happy anniversary, Claudia! Your cake looks so would certainly be popular here! You and your husband make a beautiful couple~

    Kate@Diethood said...

    Happy Anniversary!!!
    The cake is ah-mazing!

    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny said...

    Happy Anniversary Claudia!! You and your hubby make a beautiful couple! And WOW this pie looks incredibly decadent and delicious, yum! :)

    redkathy said...

    Happy Anniversary! Distractions are just so annoying besides the fact that you are baking in the summer. Double Kudos for the multiple attempts. i'm sure the hubby appreciated that ;)

    I know what you mean about the rain. The power outages drive me crazy!

    Have a wonderful anniversary and a great weekend Claudia.

    Blackswan said...

    Love the shots! I'm sure your hubby felt your love & hardwork making this cake.

    Happy Anniversary, Claudia! May u have many more to come :)

    Ann said...

    Claudia - the boston cream pie looks amazing! I wish you many more happy years together! Buzzed this one!

    elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds said...

    Cemt'Anni...Auguri! Happy Anniversary, Claudia! Love the photo of the two of you...such a beautiful couple!
    The cake is amazing...drooling here, just looking at the oozing chocolate. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe. The filet mignon doesn't look so bad either...yummm!

    It's been really raining hard, on this end of South Florida, as well, for the 4th. straight day. Not a whole lot you can do about it, we really needed the rain~

    Vicki Bensinger said...

    Happy Anniversary! That's a fun twist on Boston Cream Pie. I'm making a cake today in celebration of my kids birthdays who just turned 22 and 25. I thought of making a Boston cream pie but my son preferred a chocolate cake. It didn't occur to me to use chocolate instead of vanilla. So instead I'm making a multiple layered cake that's part sponge, devils food, and filled with a yummy mousse. Hopefully I will be able to share my creation soon.

    I'd love a bite of yours. Thanks for sharing your version of this cake. Hope you had a wonderful celebration!

    Christine's Pantry said...

    Happy anniversary! I like the photo.

    Trix said...

    Happy anniversary! What's better than a cake made with love?

    TheChocolatePriestess said...

    Now if only Boston cream pies had this much chocolate I might like them.

    Happy Anniversary!

    Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

    HI Claudia! Happy Anniversary a little late! I know that you celebrated in a most loving way! I want to feature your super chocolate-y cake, but am unable to copy and paste your photo. If you'd like to be featured, please send me a file of your photo to


    I'd LOVE to know how you lock your photos to prevent photo stealing. Could you tell me in your email?

    Thanks, Roz

    Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

    Claudia . . . SUCCESS! The photo came through and is now posted as one of the featured posts from last week. What a cake! One of my family favorites, but nothing quite like your version! MMMMM! I'd love it if you could come back on over and share 2 or 3 more recipes! Thanks!

    Love, Connie (er I mean Roz)