by Jared Ranahan for USA TODAY 10Best

A brief history of the Boston cream pie

Boston is known for a lot of things:

New England clam chowder, lobster rolls, a rebellious tea party and, of course, the Boston cream pie.

The Boston cream pie has been around since the mid-1800s.

At that time in the baking world, the words “pie” and “cake” were used interchangeably.

Boston cream pie is an anomaly in the world of pies.

It’s made with sponge cake that’s pumped full of vanilla custard and topped with chocolate icing.

Who created the Boston cream pie?

It’s not clear exactly, but most sources say the dessert was created by chef Anezin at the Parker House, a historic hotel near the Boston Common.

Parker House opened on October 8, 1855.

During that time, chocolate was more commonly used in liquid desserts. And it was the sweet chocolate glaze that vaulted the Boston cream pie into the public eye.

By 1958, the Boston cream pie grabbed the attention of General Mills’ Betty Crocker.

They introduced a boxed cake mix based off of the Parker House’s original recipe.

On December 12, 1996, the Massachusetts legislature declared the Boston cream pie as the official state dessert.

The Omni Parker House is a destination for dessert lovers who want to try the famous dessert at its birthplace.

But locals also recommending trying Mike’s Pastry and Union Square Donuts.

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