7 Best Boston Cream Pies (and Cakes and Doughnuts)

Boston cream pie - Boston Moms Blog
Boston Cream Pie at Omni Parker House. Photo courtesy Jeremy Thompson.

My dad loved Boston cream pie.

Perhaps the word “loved” is an understatement here. My dad lived and breathed for the chocolatey-puddingy goodness of a Boston cream anything. Pies, doughnuts, cakes — if it was labeled Boston cream, he was game. At the mere mention of the confection, his eyes would light up like a kid on Christmas morning, and he would tap his fingers together in joyful anticipation of the deliciousness to come. One of my favorite childhood memories is of him happily hopping into the car to drive downtown and get a box of “the best Boston cream doughnuts goin’!” on a weekend morning.

My dad passed away in 2012, and every year since, I have honored his birthday with a Boston cream doughnut toast.

I recently found out October 23 is National Boston Cream Pie Day. So, in honor of my dad, Dave, here is a compilation of seven of the “best Boston cream pies goin’!” in the Boston area.

Parker’s Restaurant at the Omni Parker House :: Boston

Come eat the delicious pie where it all began! The inaugural chef at Boston’s Parker House Hotel is credited with creating the Boston cream pie recipe in 1856, and it has been a menu staple since. The original recipe is made of marbled dark and white chocolate, with a toasted almond exterior. And it most certainly is something to write home about.

Flour Bakery :: Boston and Cambridge

I can quite seriously say I have never gone wrong with any baked good at Flour Bakery. Their Boston cream pie is no exception! It may not be traditional, but the coffee-soaked sponge cake is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Combined with the vanilla cream center and chocolate ganache coating the top, this pie is simply decadent.

Union Square Donuts :: Boston, Brookline, and Somerville

Union Square Donuts was literally voted the best doughnut in Boston. So it’s no surprise that their Boston cream is in the running for the “best doughnut goin’.” The doughnut filling is the perfect vanilla flavor, and the delicious cake is topped with an amazing Belgian dark chocolate frosting. Prepare to eat your prize there, though — I have heard they don’t travel all that well! Though you probably wouldn’t be able to wait until you get home to eat it anyway!

Veggie Galaxy :: Cambridge

If you are looking for an old-school diner vibe — and a delicious vegan twist on an age-old classic — head on over to Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge. The 100% vegan confection boasts a delectable vanilla bean pastry cream sandwiched between two layers of yellow cake and glazed with a heavenly dark Taza chocolate ganache.

Blackbird Doughnuts :: Boston and Cambridge

The Boston cream bismarck is a staple at all four of Blackbird Doughnuts’ Boston-area locations. This buttery brioche doughnut is stuffed with a luscious vanilla bean custard and topped with a rich chocolate ganache. It can be a breakfast, a snack, a dessert — or a full meal if you want it to be! You can even pre-order your treats online to skip the wait!

Blacker’s Bakeshop :: Newton

Blacker’s Bakeshop in Newton boasts an absolutely delicious Boston cream pie, which comes highly recommended by some of our Boston Mom’s Blog contributors! As if the taste of the pie wasn’t good enough reason to rush to this bakery, it is also a kosher, pareve (dairy free), and nut-free bakery, which offers vegan options, making it a wonderful option for those with allergy concerns.

Montillio’s Baking Company :: Brockton

This one’s official, folks. For my Dad’s 61st birthday, he held his two-day-old granddaughter for the first time and was presented with a Boston cream pie from Montillio’s Baking Company in Brockton. He deemed it one of the happiest days of his life and said the pie was, in fact, the best Boston cream pie goin’. I agree. It was delicious. That whole day was pretty darn sweet. Go there. Eat the pie. Make a toast to Dave while you’re there.

Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at https://eighteenmoreyearsofburpsandfarts.wordpress.com


  1. Loved this article! My grandpa was a big lemon meringue pie lover and his last few months were spent enjoying as many as possible before he passed at 96. He swore the lemon meringue from Veggie Galaxy was THE best he’d ever had (considered he’s had way more pie than me I was happy to take his word for it). I think of him often whenever I am at Veggie Galaxy and see the pie. His birthday was in June so next June I’m doing to take the day to enjoy some pie in order of grandpa. Thanks for the lovely suggestion.

Comments are closed.