Boston Cream Pie in a Jar

Image of boston cream pie in a jar with a cherry on top

Boston Cream Pie in a Jar is the cutest dessert! Made with box pudding, vanilla cake mix, and chocolate frosting, this pie in a jar recipe will take you almost no time at all to assemble! For all of the Boston Cream fans out there, this dessert is for you.

 

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.Four jars of Boston Cream Pie in a Jar topped with whipped cream and a cherry

Easy Boston Cream Pie in a Jar Recipe

I 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.

How to Make Boston Cream Pie in a Jar:

First up, pudding…
Vanilla pudding in a large glass bowl
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.A rectangular pan of vanilla cake

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.
A round biscuit cutter being used on a vanilla sheet cake
Heat up your frosting in the microwave so you can pour it into the jar…
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Then start your assembly process.
First pudding…
A spoonful of vanilla pudding being put in a jar
Then cake…
A circle of vanilla cake being put on top of vanilla pudding in a jar
Then chocolate…
A spoonful of chocolate sauce being layered in a jar with vanilla pudding and vanilla cake
Repeat finishing with chocolate…
Boston Cream Pie in a Jar made up of layers of vanilla pudding, vanilla cake and chocolate sauce
Top with some whipped cream and a cherry if you want. Whipped cream is always a good idea.Boston Cream Pie in a Jar topped with whipped cream and a cherry

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

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Boston Cream Pie in a Jar

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 20 min
  • Total Time Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield Yield: 14 jars 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

Boston Cream Pie in a Jar is the cutest dessert! Made with box pudding, vanilla cake mix, and chocolate frosting, this pie in a jar recipe will take you almost no time at all to assemble! For all of the Boston Cream fans out there, this dessert is for you.


Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Bake cake according to package directions in a 1/2 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.

Notes:

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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Erin Corbin
July 8, 2020 8:55 am

Can these be made the day before or will the cake get too soggy? Thank you – they look delicious!

August 27, 2012 5:46 am

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

May 14, 2012 11:02 am

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

Mildly Entertained
May 11, 2012 7:56 am

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

Kathleen Dungan
May 8, 2012 8:36 pm

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

May 8, 2012 4:34 pm

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

May 8, 2012 2:47 pm

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

May 8, 2012 8:59 am

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

May 7, 2012 11:27 pm

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?!

Teri
May 7, 2012 10:46 pm

You’re my new idol!!!

May 7, 2012 9:20 pm

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?

May 7, 2012 6:15 pm

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

May 7, 2012 4:45 pm

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

May 7, 2012 4:18 pm

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

May 7, 2012 3:32 pm

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

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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