Boston Cream Pie in a Jar

This whole weekend was a bit of a blur.

Not the college weekend or spring break type of blur…grow up, y’all.  The kind of adult-blur where you are driving to and from sports games for your kids, trying to catch up on stuff like laundry, cleaning and filing away receipts and expenses.  When did I get boring?


But, check it…I totally made a spreadsheet for my expenses…in Excel.  Are you impressed?  I have to say, looking at my super-official spreadsheet I felt kind of like I was winning at being an adult.


We will glaze over the fact that after I made the spreadsheet I watched an episode of Punk’d and then went to the QuickCheck in pajama bottoms and bought popcorn shaped gummies. Whatever.

In my quest to become a full fledged grown-up I also decided to make a big girl dessert…ie, no candy involved.

THEN I thought better of the situation and put the dessert in a jar, which not quite as “adult”, but undeniably cute and convenient.

What can I say?   I’m trying.
PhotobucketI know I am a little late to be jumping on the whole “in a jar” bandwagon, but they’re just too dang cute!

My friend, Shaina has even written a whole stinking book about Desserts in Jars…so my jar investment is totally justified.

Justification of unnecessary purchases is basically my second job.  AND having a second job is a really adult thing to do…sooo…


I made the whole deal with boxed stuff…boxed pudding, boxed cake and canned frosting…feel free to make everything from scratch, I won’t judge you.


Boston Cream Pie in a Jar.

First up, pudding…
Then make some cake. I baked mine in a 1/2 sheet cake pan because you’ll need thin layers of cake. If you don’t have a 1/2 sheet cake pan, you can divide the batter in half and bake it in 2, 9×13 pans.

Cut your cake into rounds that will fit in the jar. I used a 2″ cookie cutter, which was perfect, but if you don’t have one just trace your jar lid on a piece of clean cardboard and use that as a template to cut around.
Heat up your frosting in the microwave so you can pour it into the jar…

Then start your assembly process.
First pudding…
Then cake…
Then chocolate…
Repeat finishing with chocolate…
Top with some whipped cream and a cherry if you want. Whipped cream is always a good idea.

Here are some other fun Boston Cream Pie inspired desserts from around the internet:

Boston Cream Pie Twinkies

Boston Cream Pie Whoopie Pies

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

and finally traditional Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie in a Jar
makes approx 14 jars
  • 2 (1.4 oz) boxes French Vanilla or Custard Pudding, prepared and chilled according to package directions
  • 1 box French Vanilla Cake Mix, prepared and baked according to package directions
  • 1 (16 oz) can chocolate frosting
  • 14 (8 oz) jelly jars
  1. Bake cake according to package directions in a ½ sheet pan (12"x18") and let cool in pan.
  2. Prepare pudding according to package directions and chill until set up.
  3. Open chocolate frosting and microwave for 45 seconds to thin.
  4. When ready to assemble cut cake into circles. I used a 2 inch circular cookie cutter.
  5. Start with a heaping tablespoon of pudding followed by a cake round and then a tablespoon of the chocolate frosting. Repeat the process again, ending with the chocolate frosting.
  6. When finished store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  7. Garnish with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry if desired.
If you don't have a cutter that is the same size as the opening on the jar just create a template by tracing the opening of the jar on a clean piece of cardboard and cut the cake into circles using the template as a guide, using a sharp knife.

Can be made a day ahead, if necessary.


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You make me popular! I take your desserts to parties and everyone says I don’t know how you come up with this stuff! Lol, I don’t! Keep it up, we love it!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

It looks so good and I am so impressed by how perfect your layers are! Just yesterday I was making something and trying to be so perfect getting it into a wine glass for pics and I had more smears, messes, and paper towels involved for 1/2 cup of mixture…it was almost comical 🙂


Looks like a great treat for Mothers Day dessert!

Rachel J

love your ideas shelly!

Lynna H.

oh, these look so adorable! 😀

Glory/ Glorious Treats

Everything is better in a jar! And these look delicious!!


You can also use the mouth of the jar as a cutter. Perfect size every time, as long as the mouth os the same width as the rest of the jar! 🙂


If making an excel finances spreadsheet is necessary for being an adult…then I’m basically screwed. Oy.

but if I’m never an adult then maybe I’ll always get summer vacations?? That would be a definite win.

Food in a jar is just cuter. Especially pie in a jar!

Erika - The Teenage Taste

Desserts in a jar are usually cute, but these look out-of-this world! I want to eat them all! 🙂


I too am way impressed with how perfect the layers are. I always smear it all over the sides!!! And who wants to be old and grown up anyway if it means giving up candy! Dessert in jars is always way cute:-)

Janine (

Oh, my hubby will think he’s died and gone to heaven! P.S. At first glance I thought those were sour popcorn flavored gummies! Grossed myself out for a sec there.


ohhh YUM! That looks awesome and if it tastes as good as it looks then I’ll be one very happy girl 🙂

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

This sounds so yummy! And pretty too. Love it!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

so cute! And I think jars are very adult, you have to wash them, no kid would do that!


These look so delicious. I love the packaging too. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you!

Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray)

Sounds like…umm…a fun weekend? Those popcorn gummies are unreal, how fun! Can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂


This is such a fun idea!! Love it.


This is absolute brilliance! love love love it! Can’t wait to try it, but I know its going to be amazing 🙂


I looooove boston cream pie! These are beautiful!

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

these are so cute! I love individual desserts…they always feel so special and regal…and I love that it always seems like they include more volume to eat 🙂

Lori @ RecipeGirl

I need to get into the “desserts in a jar” craze. It’s totally cute. These rock!

Emilie @ Emilie

these are adorable! and expense sheets in excel ARE fancy. I have one right now for my wedding and when I’m feeling particularly diva-ish, I look at it to remind myself that I’m an adult 🙂

Minnie Kitchen

This is genius! What a clever idea and beautiful too!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

I love all jar desserts – so cute! I need to try this sometime, my mom would LOVE it!


I really love Boston Cream Pie. But my favorite part here, is that the easy pudding and prebought frosting makes it so much easier!

Melissa @ mymeller

O.M.G! That looks amazing!! Lately I’ve been obsessed with Boston Cream Pie, and totally want to eat that right now!

Tracy {Pale Yellow}

I’m glad you joined the desserts-in-jars bandwagon, I”m still nervous to join. A beautiful dessert, I can’t wait to try. BTW – the gummy popcorn look a little gross, were they tasty?


You’re my new idol!!!

Jen @ Jen

I’m confused… sour popcorn gummies? What has the world come to? Why on earth would you eat popcorn gummies when there’s obviously boston cream pie in a jar available?!


Yum! This is so much fun. And those cherries are just perfect. Is it wrong that the cherries are my favorite party? Mmmm…

Katrina @ In Katrina

Love love of course. And I need popcorn gummies in my life. Like- in a major way.


I’m such a sucker for stuff in a jar! Also, you’ve reminded me that I need to go balance my checkbook lol. 😉

Kathleen Dungan

I soooo love desserts in a jar! You do a great job. Keep it comin!

Mildly Entertained

Wow, beautiful pics! So….is one jar one serving?!:)

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

You just made my favorite pie ever even better! These are so damn adorable!


love all jar desserts – so cute! I need to try this sometime, my mom would LOVE it!