Boston cream doughnut
Alternative namesBoston cream pie doughnut
Boston cream pie donut
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateNew England
Main ingredientsDough, chocolate icing, custard

The Boston cream doughnut (or Boston cream pie doughnut, also spelled donut) is a round, solid, yeast-risen doughnut with chocolate frosting and a custard filling, resulting in a doughnut reminiscent of a miniature Boston cream pie.[1][2]

The doughnut was inspired by the Boston cream pie[3] which was, in turn, created by chef M. Sanzian at Boston's Parker House Hotel in 1856. The cake consists of vanilla-flavored custard sandwiched between two-layers of sponge cake and topped with chocolate glaze and has been popular in Massachusetts since its creation.[4] The doughnut adaptation of the pie is popular not only in Massachusetts but throughout the United States and Canada.[5]

State doughnut of Massachusetts

Interior view of a Boston cream doughnut
Interior view of a Boston cream doughnut

The Boston cream doughnut was designated the official doughnut of Massachusetts in 2003 (the Boston cream pie itself had already been chosen as the state dessert in 1996).[6] Although the doughnut's popularity made it the natural choice for the state, it is one of only two official state donuts—the only other one being the beignet, the state donut of Louisiana .[7][8]

See also


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  2. ^ Steinberg, Sally Levitt (2004). The Donut Book: The Whole Story in Words, Pictures & Outrageous Tales. North Adams, Mass.: Storey Publishing. pp. 146–147. ISBN 9781580175487. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Massachusetts State Donut or Desert Emblem: Boston Cream Donut".
  4. ^ "Boston Cream Pie Fun Facts | Mobile Cuisine". 23 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Massachusetts State Donut | Boston Cream Donut". 20 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Dunkin' Donuts Celebrates the Official Donut of the Commonwealth - the Boston Cream Donut" (Press release). Dunkin' Donuts. 31 January 2003. Archived from the original on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  7. ^ Anderson, L. V. (2014-08-24). "The United Sweets of America". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  8. ^ "Beignet State Doughnut | State Symbols USA". 3 June 2014. Retrieved 2022-02-16.