New England clam chowder, lobster rolls, a rebellious tea party and, of course, the Boston cream pie.
At that time in the baking world, the words “pie” and “cake” were used interchangeably.
It’s made with sponge cake that’s pumped full of vanilla custard and topped with chocolate icing.
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.
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.
They introduced a boxed cake mix based off of the Parker House’s original recipe.
On December 12, 1996, Massachusetts legislature declared the Boston cream pie as the official state dessert.