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Boston Cream Donuts

Easy Boston Cream Donuts ready in less than 30 minutes! A buttery fried donut filled with a thick vanilla pastry filling and topped with a rich chocolate ganache!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 donuts
Calories: 305kcal


Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pastry Cream



Chocolate Ganache

  • Add chocolate chips to a small glass bowl and set aside.
  • Add the heavy cream to a saucepan and bring to a light simmer, immediately remove from heat and pour over the chocolate chips.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and allow the mixture to sit for 3 to 4 minutes before whisking into a rich chocolate ganache. Allow the ganache to cool while you prep the donuts.

Pastry Cream

  • Whisk together the pudding mix, heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla bean paste if using for 2 minutes, then set aside to set up.


  • Remove the biscuits from the cans and separate them.
  • In a deep heavy-bottomed skillet or dutch oven (preferably cast iron), heat at least 2 inches of vegetable oil until it reaches 350 degrees F, the oil will sizzle when you drop a few drops of water in it.
  • Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set aside.
  • Fry the doughnuts in batches until golden brown all over, about 1 to 2 minutes per side, use tongs to flip. Drain and cool on the paper towel-lined baking sheet.


  • Transfer the pastry cream to a piping bag fitted with a #2A round tip.
  • Use a paring knife to slit a hole in each of the donuts and insert the piping tip into the donut to fill it with cream, the donuts should puff slightly as you fill them with cream.
  • Gently dip the top half of the donuts into the ganache and place on parchment paper to let the ganache set.
  • Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container until ready to consume.


  • Consume within 24 hours when kept at room temperature or up to 2 days when stored in the refrigerator.
  • The donuts themselves can be made up to 2 days in advance before filling and topping.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 159mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg