Martha Stewart's Boston "Scream" Pie (sorta)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pumpkin Boston "Scream" Pie
Inspired by Martha Stewart's Boston "Scream" Pie

In the October 2008 issue of Martha Stewart Living, she has a cute Boston "Scream" Pie. It's a Halloween themed Boston Cream Pie: chocolate-pumpkin cake filled with a spiced pastry cream and topped with chocolate ganache.

Well... I came close!

Pumpkin Boston "Scream" Pie
By the way, I brought this into work on Wednesday, but I think this cake is really appropriate today considering the Red Sox and Tampa Bay game! What a comeback by Boston!

Pumpkin Boston "Scream" Pie
Cake: The chocolate-pumpkin layers (8-inch rounds) came out moist and a perfect blend of chocolate and pumpkin (it uses a full 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree!)

Filling: Okay, the spiced pastry cream...Ugh. I tried to make this TWO times but it was Fail. Fail. I thought I took it to exactly 160 degrees, but it jumped into the pastry cream abyss and fell way, way down into a truly messed up pile 'o yuck. Luckily, no photos of the mess!

So, I ended up making a spiced cream cheese filling: 1 block of cream cheese, 1 cup of powdered sugar (sifted), 1/4 t each cinnamon and ground ginger, and a bit of nutmeg and vanilla.

Pumpkin Boston "Scream" Pie
Cake + Filling + Ganache

Topping: I made the ganache in the morning before toting this heavy weight cake into the library. I cut the recipe in HALF and still ended up with too much. Wow, perhaps Martha and her staff have a chocolate addiction or something. (I only used cream and chocolate and skipped the corn syrup).

Pumpkin Boston "Scream" Pie
Boston "Scream" Pie. It's frighteningly good.
Recipe here on Martha Stewart's website!
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kimberly salem said... [Reply to comment]

yum!! it looks soo delicious. great pics! also, cream cheese filling is much better than pastry cream anyway ;)

Coco Cake Land said... [Reply to comment]

wow! this looks incredible. what kind of camera do you use for your pics BTW?

CB said... [Reply to comment]

Ditto kim. Way to adapt the recipe and come out smelling more sweet! I am drooling just looking at the pictures. I bet your CWs loved you. ;)

Janssen said... [Reply to comment]

I agree that cream cheese anything is the higher road :)

Patricia Scarpin said... [Reply to comment]

I prefer your version. By far!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Ditto with the previous comments...cream cheese sounds so much better than pastry cream! This cake looks so good. I'm really happy that it's pumpkin-eating season...yum!

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

If I scream really loud can I have a piece?? Looks divine!

Jenny said... [Reply to comment]

Now that, my dear is one gorgeous looking pie/cake! I'll have a slice to go!

Ashley said... [Reply to comment]

That looks really good! I, as another commented, prefer your filling also :)

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

wow delicious cake. The top photo is really really nice.

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

Looks absolutely incredible!!

Ingrid_3Bs said... [Reply to comment]

Your photos look like something from Martha's site!! Talk about good!

Sorry to hear about the pastry cream. Cream cheese sounds just as good and way easier!

I'd really like a slice, please!

Anna said... [Reply to comment]

That slice is so perfectly cut! I adore the second picture; fantastic photography and the whole cake looks to die for. Ganache, mmmm...

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

This looks simply luscious! I like the change you made for the filling. It sounds scrumptious, not to mention the ganache! I have an award for you...check out my blog when you can.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

That sounds even better than Martha's pie and that's a big compliment in my book! Haha, really, it looks delicious. Great pictures too =D

Di said... [Reply to comment]

I'm with Kim--I'll take cream cheese filling over pastry cream any day. I don't think I've ever tried pumpkin with chocolate, but I may have to give it a try after seeing your cake. Yum! =)

PheMom said... [Reply to comment]

Mmmm... I've been dreaming about Boston Cream Pies lately. This looks great! I'm with Kim and CB -I think I'd rather have the cream cheese in this case too.

Jules Someone said... [Reply to comment]

That looks just delicious!

Cakebrain said... [Reply to comment]

Oh I so hate it when a part of a recipe doesn't work properly! I think your filling is better anyway. The dessert looks so good. What fantastic pics!

Leonor de Sousa Bastos said... [Reply to comment]

Your cake looks divine!!

The pictures are beautiful and the cake must had been fantastic!

Audrey said... [Reply to comment]

I wish my cooking disasters would turn out so well...What a gorgeous cake!


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Mmm, I would prefer your cream cheese filling over pastry cream anyday. Your cake looks amazing!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I totally agree w/ Audrey, but the best part is that I tasted it and LOVED it. Thanks for letting us be your guinea pigs.

Prudy said... [Reply to comment]

My husband is leaning over my shoulder and begging me to make this. All right, all right! It looks fabulous!

Patsyk said... [Reply to comment]

That cake looks incredible! I love a cream cheese filling... makes it so decadent!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Mary Ann said... [Reply to comment]

This dessert looks sooo good and the flavors sound even better! I want to try it!

The Blonde Duck said... [Reply to comment]

It looks terrifyingly addictive!

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Wow this cake looks stunning! I love the second photo. Sorry to hear the pastry cream didn't turn out.

Satisfying my Sweet Tooth said... [Reply to comment]

This looks amazing. It is so beautiful and adding the pumpkin is a great idea. Go Martha! Your pumpkin muffins look great too. I do like your name for them a lot better!

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow this looks utterly delicious. The cake layers look so tender. Love the pumpkin chocolate combo.

Y said... [Reply to comment]

Ooh I love those photos of the chocolate icing in mid drip. The spiced cream cheese filling sounds brilliant too.

Donna-FFW said... [Reply to comment]

Had to let you know I posted bot this today on my blog .. I remembered it from a while back, it looked so delicious, even though you had to change the filling:)

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