Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes for a Birthday Celebration

Hello, Dear Friends - can you believe that 
March is almost over? Time just flies, 
 especially when you celebrate another birthday! 

This time it was my dear Ramblin' Man's special day, 
and of course, I had to bake his very favorite 
dessert, Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes! 

Don't they look so good? 
Serve these with lots of napkins! :)

These freeze beautifully, so you can make them ahead
and transport them while they are frozen,
which keeps everything intact. 

They defrost quickly and will be ready to eat 
by the time the meal is over. 

They are so easy to make....

Start with your favorite yellow cake mix. 

Follow the directions on the box to bake cupcakes. 

While they are baking, 
make the filling......

Simply add 1 and 1/2 cups cold half and half cream
to one package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
and whisk well. 

This will make a thick filling;
enough for 24 cupcakes.

Set aside, covered with plastic wrap, 
 in the refrigerator until needed.

When done baking, 
let the cupcakes cool completely. 

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper 
to catch drips, remove paper cupcake liners
(if used for baking), and as you go, 
cut cupcake in half, spread with cream filling, 
and replace top. 

To make the chocolate glaze, 
mix together 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
with 2 tablespoons baking cocoa. 

Add 4-5 teaspoons hot water
to form a glaze that is not too thick and not too thin. 

Add a little bit of powdered sugar if too thin, 
or hot water, a teaspoon at a time, if too thick. 

You want a consistency that will stay put with 
just a little bit of dripping over the sides. 

You might have to make a second batch to cover 
all the cupcakes, depending on consistency. 
My glaze was on the thicker side, so I had to make two batches. 

Place each cream-filled cupcake on a clean, waxed paper
lined baking sheet, inside a decorative cupcake liner
which will catch each wonderful drip :) 

Using a full soup spoon, drop a blob of chocolate glaze 
over top of cupcake, using back of spoon to gently spread 
to edges, allowing excess to drip. 

Oh my! Can you say Yummy Yum, Yum? 

To freeze them, simply place the whole tray in the freezer
without any covering, for several hours or overnight. 
Then, lay waxed paper over top
 and wrap the whole tray with plastic wrap. 

The waxed paper will keep the glaze from sticking, 
as long as they are frozen,
but remove all coverings before defrosting. 

I baked these for the birthday celebration 
a few days away, but kept a few 
reserved for taste-testing by Ramblin' Man. 

He noticed them as soon as he arrived home
from work and they were gone 
by the next day. 

I did have to wipe some chocolate covered kisses
from my cheeks  <3

Here they are at my daughter's house for the celebration......

After a delicious meal of pork chops and gravy, 
thyme mashed potatoes, and shredded Brussels sprouts

(Thank you, Heather and Eric for a lovely party)

We sang a Happy Birthday to the patriarch 
of our family. 

The cupcakes were good, 

but the grandchildren were the very best part of the day, 

I consider myself blessed, indeed. 

Happy Birthday, Ramblin' Man! 
Thank you for sharing your life with me! 


  1. Loved the photo of you and the birthday boy. :)

  2. Love those cupcakes AND that stove! I had one similar to it many years ago. I miss it!

  3. What a great recipe! You do make it look easy. I know all my people would love it. Your dinner looks delicious too! You are an inspiration! Thanks for you lovely comment on my humble patio. Happy spring! I know it will all be beautiful for you.

  4. Oh my gosh, these Boston cream pie cupcakes look amazing, Karen! I want one.....or three hahaha. Happy Birthday to your dear husband. Your daughter's table is lovely for the celebration, and the red plates really add a pop of color. The meal looks delicious. Pork chops are one of my favorites. It sounds like a wonderful day in every way, Karen.


  5. Karen, what a lovely photograph of you and Ramblin' Man! I am going to make your Boston cream pie cupcakes soon. They look delicious! Thank you for the step by step tutorial. ♥

  6. AWWWW-How nice to see a picture of you and your sweet Rambin' Man. He looks like he enjoyed every single moment of his special day and I would LOVE to try one of those cupcakes. OMGosh- my mouth is watering just thinking about them. You have the BEST recipes here, Karen. Thanks for sharing them!!! xo Diana

  7. Happy Birthday Ramblin' Man 🌟🎉🌟
    Those grands look as sweet as those cupcakes!
    Wonder if I could make them gluten free?
    Lovely post Karen...
    Linda :o)

  8. Popped over to your blog from "The Beautiful Matters." These look delicious and thank you for the recipe. I seem to always have a need for a good recipe, especially dessert.

  9. Oh Karen what a yummy birthday treat!

    And your RM looks so happy - that's the best part of all.

    And gosh you are just so pretty! : - )

    The grands are beyond adorable!!

    Hugs. ♥

  10. Dearest Karen,
    Happy Birthday to your husband and how special to make him the Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes. They look like being a derivative of our Dutch Bossche Bollen! http://www.holland.com/global/tourism/destinations/more-destinations/den-bosch/bossche-bollen-pastries-from-den-bosch.htm
    Who knows did the recipe travel to the New World ages ago?
    Got the big dinner behind me. Yesterday was a hectic day but I managed again to pull it off for Pieter's club. Several people couldn't come so I only had a table of 9 in the dining room to serve. Usually I had to add 2 more tables in the kitchen. This was easier for me and I ate after the program was done in our living room. Meanwhile I had handled the dishes and by the time they left, my Miele dishwasher just popped open after finishing one load. Today was a lazy day for me and only choir practice in the evening.
    Feeling happy!
    Sending you hugs and wishing you many more years in good health together; you both are still young!

  11. Such sweet photos of the birthday party, Karen!
    The cupcakes look delicious, clearly the key ingredient was used. :)
    Wishing you all a happy day! xx

  12. They do look absolutely delicious. x

  13. Those cupcakes look so yummy .....love the special glass cover you have to keep them ready for eating! And such wonderful photos of hubbie with the grandchildren, but such a sweet one of the two of you together!

  14. Hello Karen, what a yummy post in every way! Thank you for your easy to follow recipe, complete with gorgeous photos. I'm sure my hubby would also love these beauties... and I love the fact that there's not too much work involved in making them. The fact that they can be frozen is a big plus as our Son, who will be visiting soon, is someone else who will love them. You're going to make everyone happy over here too ;D)

  15. Hello, happy birthday to your hubby! Your cupcakes look delicious. Boston Creme would be my favorite too. YUM! Sweet photos of you and your family. Enjoy your day!

  16. OHMYGOSH I could eat everyone of those cupcakes they look so good!I have quit eating sugar for the 10th time in my life and it's just now screaming at me especially since I read this post

    Well Happy Birthday to the man anyway LOL

  17. What a lovely birthday celebration for your dear ramblin' man. Those cupcakes look and sound so amazing! Have a wonderful week. Hugs. Pam

  18. Oh boy, that is my husbands favorite pie. I may have to make these for Father's Day! His birthday is in September and I can't wait that long. Happy Birthday Ramblin' Man! Great picture of you two.

  19. Hi Karen ~ Belated Bday greetings to Ramblin' Man. Love the photo of the two of you.

    Those cupcakes look so yummy. Boston Cream Pie was a favorite of my husband also.

    Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

  20. I always look forward to your posts. They detail your life with your sweet family so beautifully. Love seeing the photo of you and your hubby, too. It's nice to put faces with names. Have a wonderful rest of your day.

  21. I can see why your face was covered in chocolate kisses. Those look pretty delectable. Yum Yum! It's always a treat to come and visit. Beautiful photos of your dear ones.

    Wishing you a beautiful day, Karen.

  22. Oh my gosh.....I love Boston Cream. Looks great.

  23. The Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes look absolutely yummy for your dear Birthday Ramblin' Man! I loved the picture of the both of you and also those sweet grand babies. Love and blessings!

  24. Oh my I can see why they are his favorite, they look so delicious!! And great that you can make ahead and get out as needed! How wonderful to celebrate with the family, Love the picture of the two of you together, sweet couple!!

  25. happy birthday to your husband! You guys look so good together! And the cupcakes look pretty good too:)

  26. ah ...love is such a out of the world feeling isn't it?
    you love for you dear husband and family shines through your beautiful writing!

    How interesting to make something different instead of just cake for birthday ,it is wonderful idea.
    these beauties look just perfect and mouthwatering!
    thank you for sharing the recipe my friend.

    you really are so blessed because you have a precious heart to realize the blessings all you have in life and he is also lucky to have you dear!

  27. Chocolate covered kisses? What could be better! Happy birthday to your Ramblin Man! Those cupcakes look amazing. My goodness!

  28. Aw how sweet. You guys are a cute couple. Happy Birthday to your special man. He looks very happy. I think you're both blessed.
    xx Beca

  29. Happy Birthday to your Ramblin Man and I can see why he loves those cupcakes. They look out of this world.

  30. Me too, Happy Birthday to your Ramblin Man and I agree, those cupcakes look incredibly delicious :)

  31. Also meant to say sweet photos of your family :)

  32. Your cupcakes look delicious.

    What a lovely post, and so good to see photo's of you and your husband, and your lovely grandchildren.

    Happy Birthday Wishes from me to your Ramblin Man ...

    Enjoy the rest of March and good wishes for the new month which will be here so soon!

    All the best Jan

  33. Dear Karen,

    Many happy returns and birthday wishes for your Rambling man. The cupcakes look divine and such a great way to celebrate a birthday. Lovely photos of your dear family too.
    Happy weekend and yes, I can't believe how fast March went by, in a flash.

  34. I like the idea of these cupcakes. Looks delicious and of course your husband would eat them. So would mine! Glad you had a great time celebrating with family and adorable grandchildren are so fun to be with. Thanks for visiting my blog. It's always good to hear from you!

  35. The kids are adorable and oh my, the cupcakes look delicious!

  36. great tutorial on those cupcake/cakes, they look so good and not too difficult. your daughter did such a great job for the celebration and dinner...and that rambling' man is not too shabby at all!!!! happy birthday to him!!!

  37. Liebe Karen!
    Zuerst nachträglich herzliche Glückwünsche zum Geburtstag an Deinen Mann! Es war ein harmonisches Fest, das kann man so gut spüren...
    Und von den kleinen Kuchen hätte ich auch gerne etwas abbekommen...Aber dank Dir habe ich ja jetzt das Rezept, so dass ich sie selbst backen kann...Danke!

    Ich hatte gestern auch "einen Geburtstag"...einen etwas anderen Geburtstag - es war der 1. meines Blogs...
    Ich diesem einen Jahr habe ich soooo viele liebe Menschen kennen lernen dürfen - das Bloggen ist eine Bereicherung, die ich nicht mehr missen möchte!
    Alles Liebe

  38. Happy birthday to Ramblin Man! ;)
    And oh my - for yummy on the cupcakes!! Wish it were my birthday. Lol! Love the tip about freezing then too.

    And look at those sweet Boys! Both getting so big already. They are adorable - as are you & your hubby. Great photo of you both!

    Blessings on your weekend ahead. Xoxo

  39. What a lovely photo of the two of you. Wishing your man a very happy birthday. Those cakes look sooo delicious. B x

  40. What a sweet picture of the two of you Karen! Those cupcakes look so yummy, and what a classic! Do you know I've never made these? I should remedy that! I loved seeing all the pictures of your homey kitchen. it looks retro and stylish and cozy all at once. Happy birthday to your Rambling Man! xo Deborah

  41. Haven't enjoyed a visit to your kitchen for quite awhile Karen, but your cupcakes are looking very yummy. I love the photo of you and your husband, and your little grand baby is just precious!!

  42. Hi! I wanted to stop by to tell you how much I appreciate your prayers for my surgery last Monday. Diana posted a prayer request on her blog and I am full of gratitude! I am slowly recovering but wanted you to know how very much I appreciate you thinking of me. :-) Happy belated birthday to your husband. Hope you have a wonderful week.


  43. Aww that is so special and happy birthday to your rambling man. The cupcakes looked really good. Thanks for the recipe.
    Enjoy the week.


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