The Bostini Cream Pie Challenge (Daring Bakers October Challenge)

Bostini Cream Pie

It is time for the Daring Bakers to take over the blogging world again. And this month the storm is the luxurious Bostini Cream Pie, a challenge set by the gorgeous Mary of Alpineberry.

This challenge is sweet as all other daring bakers´ previous ones. But this pie has its special origin. I have heard of Boston cream pie, but bostini cream pie is something unusual to me. So what is bostini cream pie exactly? It consists of a light orange chiffon cake, served over creamy custard and topped up with a rich chocolate glaze. The recipe comes from Bistro Don Giovanni restaurant in San Francisco and obviously this is their signature dessert. Having made this, I understand why people go crazy over it. The dessert has all the combination that ones can love. The three components are simple but well put together. The end result is flavors that we all can relate to yet so elegant and classy…

Bostini Cream Pie

Personally this dessert is a winner for me since it tastes good without all the fuss. I would use it for my dinner party since almost everything (except for the chocolate glaze) can be prepared a day in advance.

As you see, I have played with dessert plating in this post. When Mary first posted the challenge, I had no idea how this pie looked like. But a google search revealed several photos of the pie. The plate version is inspired from these photos. I take the idea to my imagination though. I just love the idea of a chocolate covered star floating in the sea of custard sky. The contrast of colors is just truly amazing…

Bostini Cream Pie

The glass version is inspired by an idea from Fanny. This girl is a genius, and you will see a lot of daring bakers eventually choose her format. Why? Since you can see different layers of chocolate, custard and in my case some tiny bit of the cake. This version is so classy if you host a party!

And since someone asked me about preparing these glass dessert… Here is what i did:

Prepare some colored sugar (I used store bought)

Dip the glass rim to some wine or egg white, then dip into the plates full of colored sugar. Set aside.- Prepare the custard, spoon it into the glasses (1/3 full) – chilled.

Cut the cake into small cubes, spread them into layers in glasses

Prepare the chocolate ganache. pour over just before serving.

Last but not least, I have put my candles buying hobby in good use. The candles create such a romantic setting and yes, I love them!

Bostini Cream Pie

All other Daring Bakers will be posting their personal experience today. Please check them out! And for those who love to see the recipe, please head to Mary´s blog for it!

102 Responses to The Bostini Cream Pie Challenge (Daring Bakers October Challenge)

  1. Julius says:

    My goodness, Anh, your bostinis are *gorgeous*. I just love your plating style and how you composed the shots.

  2. Asha says:

    That is so gorgeous. I love the first photo Anh! Bostini is new to me too. Looks like a Heavenly dessert. Enjoy!:))

  3. Truffle says:

    Absolutely lovely Anh! Yours look so very elegant.

  4. glamah16 says:

    Wow! So elegant. I love the martini version with the citrus rim.

  5. Annemarie says:

    You’ve probably won for most seductive-looking bostini! They look fab.

  6. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    They look fantastic! I love the rim on the martini glass!

  7. Quellia says:

    How lovely Anh!

  8. indosungod says:

    Lovely, the star floating in the custard is just lovely. I am just imagining how it must taste :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Where are the instructions for how to make deserts in martini glasses? I tried the links you gave, but they all went to a blog’s homepage, instead of to a post with instructions. Well except for the one that just went to a collection of links.

  10. Anh says:

    Thanks all for your sweet words!

  11. Nabeela says:

    I love the elegant dessert!

  12. Graeme says:

    I don’t know which I love more – The Pie or the photos.

  13. tigerfish says:

    Gorgeous! Can I have some?

  14. Dwiana P says:

    I enjoy every single pictures you have here. they are all look…. beautiful! I bet the taste is yummy too:)

  15. Arfi Binsted says:

    mmmm… I should try one of the recipes DBers have tried. This one looks special.

  16. Sig says:

    Oh My… Gorgeous dessert, I LOVE the glass version…. the colors are sooo beautiful!! I can just imagine this as the highlight of my next party :)

  17. Belinda says:

    Anh…you always have such a flair for elegant presentation, and your Bostinis turned out so beautifully. The candles do add a nice touch, I agree. You did a lovely job with this challenge. :-)

  18. Maryann@FindingLaDolceVita says:

    Beautiful job, Anh. I like the martini glass :)

  19. Elle says:

    Anh, your photos are always beautiful, but the one with the martini glass (how appropriate!) are stunning. This does make a great party dessert.

  20. Brilynn says:

    Your photos make me think of old hollywood glamour! Very nice!

  21. kellypea says:

    Some very elegant presentations! I had fun plating mine different ways, too.

  22. eliza says:

    yet another creation of bostini cream pie. a very classic composition Anh!

  23. Baking Soda says:

    So elegant! the citrus rim really adds a whimsical touch

  24. Pille says:

    Anh – I love the star-shaped chiffon cake, but the bostini cream pie glasses are simply gorgeous. Great presentation!!

  25. Ilva says:

    Anh, this is so elegant! Brava!

  26. Nora B. says:

    Hi Anh, your presentation always look so beautiful. And today it also looks romantic :-) I love orange and choc and custard….this will certainly be a favourite for me.

  27. Coffee & Vanilla says:

    Wow, I love it!! I will have to try to make it. Looks delicious.

  28. myriam says:

    YUM! love that one! look at your pictures, they are gorgeous!

  29. veron says:

    gorgeous,gorgeous,gorgeous! Perfect plating and I love how golden yellow your custard got.

  30. Lis says:

    Any way you plate the Bostini, Anh, is simply gorgeous and elegant. I can’t decide which I like the best! =)

  31. valentinA says:

    Just a click on your blog & my mouth’s watering already!

  32. eatme_delicious says:

    The dessert looks so cute and different in the martini glass, great idea. :) And I love the way the star cake is plated too, floating in custard.

  33. Mishmash ! says:

    “chocolate covered star floating in the sea of custard sky.” Thats exactly what this is !! :)

  34. Lydia says:

    Beautiful! Once again the Daring Bakers have come up with something I wouldn’t dare try to make!

  35. DaviMack says:

    What truly professional looking desserts! Beautiful!

  36. skrockodile says:

    Very dramatic presentation!

  37. Bake your cake and eat it too says:

    Your presentation is wonderful. I have to say your custard is a lovely bright yellow. Mine wasn’t that stunning. Probably the difference in eggs maybe. Love it!

  38. Cris says:

    Bostini is new to me too, I love the way yours turned out, very elegant!

  39. Shandy says:

    Beautiful! The candles are such a romantic touch with the white rose. . .and your pictures are perfect for illustrating the whole atmosphere and dessert. WoW! I agree with truffle; very elegent.

  40. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Yes, your candles really give it the romance it deserves! Nice work Ahn!

  41. Sandeepa says:

    Anh…you have presented them so well. Very elegant

  42. Katie says:

    I love the star shape. It looks great floating in its sea of custard

  43. Anita says:

    Super gorgeous Anh! It looks you own the most elegant restaurant around!:)

  44. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    I love your bostini martini – so elegant! Good job, Anh.

  45. Laura Rebecca says:

    Such a *sexy* food pic — nice work!

  46. Kate says:

    And the award goes to ….Anh …for the best version of the Boston Cream Pie ! U must be a romatic at heart as no one would’ve thought of doing a romantic n sexy setting for this not so ooh -ha -ha dessert !

  47. Megan says:

    I want to make it again just to play with the plating. Excellent job!

  48. Laura says:

    They both look exquisite Anh well done!

  49. Andrea says:

    Beautiful settings, Ahn! As always, I really enjoy your photos.

  50. BC says:

    Yep, I agree with Annemarie. You have very seductive Bostinis! I’m feeling romantic. Now, where is that husband of mine?

  51. slush says:

    I couldnt agree more, so very romantic. Beautiful!

  52. Virtual Chef says:

    Fantastic and delicious…!

  53. Chris says:

    I love your Bostini! The martini glass is so fantastic…I am definitely going to remember that one. Well done!

  54. Callipygia says:

    What a clever name and interpretation. Lucky for us that we don’t need to live in San Francisco or Boston to enjoy such a treat!

  55. Simona says:

    I also love the idea of a starry cake floating on a sea of custard and bathed in chocolate glaze: your pie looks amazing.

  56. Mary says:

    The sugared rim is the perfect touch. Very pretty!

  57. breadchick says:

    Anh, your presentation is absolutely stunning! Great job on the challenge. Did I mention how gorgeous your Bostini were?

  58. joey says:

    I love both preparations! The chiffon star and the bostini-martini! :) Everything is so elegant…and yes, very romantic :) I agree with you that this is indeed a great dessert for a dinner party…

  59. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Wow, breathtaking! Really wonderful looking!

  60. Retno Prihadana says:

    Wouw…looks amazing and romantic!

  61. Sheltie Girl says:

    Simply gorgeous. I love the Martini glass presentation.

  62. Mandira says:

    Anh, your bostinis are absolutely beautiful! I love the martini version :)

  63. Jen Yu says:

    Simply lovely and delicious looking! Fantastic job on the plating and the bostinis themselves :)

  64. Deborah says:

    I love the star, and I love the sugar on the glass! How creative!!

  65. Christina says:

    Wonderful pictures! And I like the touch of the sugared rim for presentation.

  66. Claire says:

    Such vibrant color! Looks great.

  67. Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen says:

    Lovely plating, it looks very elegant!

  68. Amy says:

    Your photos are absolutely stunning! I love the contrast and the star cake in a sea of custard is really beautiful. :)

  69. Cynthia says:

    Anh, you my dear friend have the gift!

  70. Kelly-Jane says:

    Great pictures and great Bostini! Your stars are lovely =)

  71. sagari says:

    beautiful photographs

  72. Kevin says:

    Great photos and presentation!

  73. Pam says:

    Wow, lovely! I love the martini glass one!

  74. Paz says:

    Lovely, lovely presentation.

  75. Oh for the love of food! says:

    Anh, your cream pie looks so amazing and you’ve styled it so well too!

  76. Judy says:

    Gorgeous presentation, especially the martini glass with the encrusted rim. Too pretty to eat!

  77. neil says:

    Wow, that looks so great. Very romantic setting too, hope that didn’t go to waste!

  78. East Meets West Kitchen says:

    Wow, wow, wow!

  79. maybahay says:

    these look simply stunning.

  80. Eva says:

    Well, I’m obviously not the first one to say this but anyway… This looks so romantic! Makes me wish for a candle light dinner asap…

  81. sher says:

    I love your presentation, particularly the one in the glass. I look forward to making this over the holidays.

  82. african vanielje says:

    Anh as usual you make everything look like pure art. I loved your pic on tastespotting.

  83. Sylvia says:

    Anh this a very elegant and classy dessert.I love the orange and chocolate combination.

  84. Susan says:

    The sugar “salt” on the martini is so creative!

  85. Alita says:

    it looks fantastic! so elegant! I’ll try it for a christmas dessert :)

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  87. Mandy says:

    Anh, are you starting up a dessert bar/restaurant soon? All the photos made me feel like I am sitting in a 5-star restaurant! Well done, gal.

  88. Sia says:

    “stunning2 is the word anh…

  89. marias23 says:

    Simply beautiful! J’adore!

  90. winedeb says:

    Anh, it is so beautiful and romantic! The black background is so mood setting. Good Job:)

  91. Tartelette says:

    Wonderful job! Your pictures really make it a classy dessert! I am glad you enjoyed it!

  92. Julie says:

    Your colors really are lovely! Such beautiful plating and photography! I like the idea of the Bostini martini because it gives you just the right amount of custard. Well done!

  93. Peabody says:

    Yay another star maker. Lovely job as always!

  94. Rose says:

    There is magic in your phtos Anh. It’s so romantic that I can feel it from where I am. I love the candles and the ambiance that they add.

  95. kitten says:

    how eloquent! the martini glass is the perfect size serving also. great for a big party.

  96. Dharm says:

    My dear Anh! What wonderful photos! How on earth do you manage the black background?? The pics are lovely and all your platings look so divine! Great job!

  97. Dolores says:

    Okay… I’ve looked a well over 100 Bostini in the last four days. I should be Bostini’ed-out.

  98. Inne says:

    (comment number 100!) Great pictures Anh – the star shaped chiffon looks very cute and the martini one moorish!

  99. Gabi says:

    Beautiful presentation and photos- nice job!

  100. Anonymous says:

    Thanks anh! So simple now, but for a non-creative type, it looked daunting at first =)

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