Washington Cream Pie

Posted on May 6 2009 - 4:36am by RetroRuth

cover001Welcome to this week’s Mid-Century Menu!  Normally, this is where I cook a terrifiying recipe from the 1950s or 1960s and serve it to my poor husband for dinner, but if you have been reading my blog this week you know that I am visiting my parents in Wisconsin.  So, my post for this week is going to be the Washington Cream Pie that I made to go with the Frankfurter Pie I made two weeks ago.  Hooray for a post that contains something edible!

This recipe comes from another cookbook inherited from my grandmother.  The recipe for Washington Cream Pie isn’t exactly in this book, but it is in spirit. But first things first.

What the heck is Washington Cream Pie, anyway??

Well, according to some frenzied internet searching, Washington Cream Pie very similar to Boston Cream Pie, in that it is a spongecake, not a pie, has cream filling, and it is named after a city. 

The major differences are that there is no chocolate in Washington Cream Pie (bummer) and while Boston Cream Pie has two layers, Washington Cream Pie has four.  In later versions it is served with a can of cherry pie filling on top, but the original is only supposed to be dusted with powdered sugar.

So, here is the spongecake recipe I used, which was the one that was used in the cake book for Boston Cream Pie. cake001a

Here are the ingredients, all prepped and waiting their turns. frankfurter-pie-014

I had only small eggs, so I used three. In retrospect, it was a mistake, but now I know, right?

Here are the cakes ready for the oven. frankfurter-pie-015

The batter was incredibly light, which I was happy about.

While the cake baked, I made the cream filling. Here is the recipe for the filling, which is from the same book as the cake recipe. cake002a

I had never made cream filling before, and this stuff was GOOOOOOOD. It was hard not to eat spoonfuls of it out of the pan while it cooled.

The pros of using cream filling – you don’t have to wait for the cake to cool completely before you fill it. frankfurter-pie-019

Yum!  frankfurter-pie-023

The texture of the finished cake wasn’t everything I had hoped for, but I think that it was good for my first attempt at a spongecake.  The filling was amazing, and I will definitely be maked that in the future to be eaten in other cakes and pasteries.


The verdict: Good

Hubs and I agreed that the cake was too eggy, but since I had stupidly added extra egg, I couldn’t blame the recipe for that.  It was blissfully edible, too, and we both ate a huge piece for dessert after the Frankfurter Pie.

As a side note, this is the first cake I have ever made since living with Hubs that he didn’t eat the whole thing before it went south.  At the end of the week I had to throw part of it away, which was sad. No worries, though. I was happy to have made a good mid-century recipe for once.

Sorry this one isn’t as nasty as some of the previous ones, but even Hubs needs a break once in a while!

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4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. 50s Pam May 6, 2009 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Yum. So did you split the two 8″ layers again horizontally to make four? This looks like it would also benefit from a bunch of chocolate poured over it – like Boston cream pie or an eclair! Nice that you made something edible this week. Someday soon – I DO want to be a guest recipe maker, Ruth! Enjoy Wisconsin.

  2. Tikimama May 6, 2009 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I agree with pouring chocolate all over it. Actually, I say that about lots of things!

    Nice that you got to eat something delicious for a change!

  3. Miri May 6, 2009 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    I love your mid-century recipe posts! In our house “interesting” means disgusting and don’t ever make this again. Glad you got an edible cake this week…keep those recipes coming as long as your stomachs hold out 🙂

  4. sablemable May 11, 2009 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Looks gooooooood to me!

    Told my husband about your recipes-from-Hades, Ruth and all that they entail and how you now have a cult following and he never laughed so hard!

    Just don’t make us drink the Kool-Aid.

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