Boston Cream Pancakes + iPhoneography

Boston Cream Pancakes + iPhoneography - offbeat + inspired

It’s been forever since I last posted, so I’m long overdue for some life updates and serious recipes. I’ll start with a recipe because pancakes. (Life stuff soon though because soo much exciting stuff has been going on!!)

Anyhoo, if you follow me on Steller or Instagram, you may have seen these decadent little things already. If not, I hope you’re in the mood for some intense spring brunching and a recipe that takes pancakes to a WHOLE new level.

I was playing in the kitchen one day and decided to take a stab at making a real Boston Cream Pie. I did, and it was goooood. I was expecting it to be pie, but it was actually a cake! A two-layer cake with a slathering of vanilla custard in the middle, topped with chocolate glaze. Wonder of wonders.

Boston Cream Pancakes + iPhoneography - offbeat + inspired

Boston Cream Pancakes + iPhoneography - offbeat + inspired

Boston Cream Doughnuts were a childhood favorite of mine, so now that I had experienced (and loved) Boston Cream Pie too, I wanted to experiment and make a Boston Cream Something-Else. Pancakes seemed like a perfect candidate because I could layer them just like the “pie” and use a chocolate sauce instead of syrup! The result was a raving success.

Boston Cream Pancakes + iPhoneography - offbeat + inspired

If you’re a springtime brunch-er, give these a try. Or if you’re just a lover of breakfast and all things vanilla’d, chocolatey and cake-y…OR if you just want these pancakes on the table ASAP. Recipe and detailed instructions are at the bottom!

Boston Cream Pancakes + iPhoneography - offbeat + inspired

But before the deliciousness, this is the first recipe I’m posting on the blog that was photographed 100% with my iPhone 6. I’m a tad obsessed with iPhone photography (aka, “iPhoneography”). It’s so easy to take snaps during the cooking process, and so much faster to snag those end shots before all the hungry taste testers turn on you. Let me know what you think of the look!

Boston Cream Pancakes + iPhoneography - offbeat + inspired

Boston Cream Pancakes + iPhoneography - offbeat + inspired

Check the bottom of this post for a list of the apps I use for editing!

Lastly, because I got a Plus, I’m selling my regular 6 (the one I used to photograph this post)! E-mail me if you’re interested in buying it!

Boston Cream Pancakes + iPhoneography - offbeat + inspired

Boston Cream Pancakes + iPhoneography - offbeat + inspired

yields 8 pancakes, or 4 “pies”


2 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp. pure cane sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. fine sea salt
2 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla bean paste, or 2 tsp pure
vanilla extract
2 tbsp. melted butter, plus more for the


1 cup sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
½ tsp. kosher salt
½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped and set aside
6 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups milk
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, chilled
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream

Boston Cream Pancakes + iPhoneography - offbeat + inspired

Boston Cream Pancakes + iPhoneography - offbeat + inspired


I suggest you make the cream the night before!

Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, salt, and vanilla seeds in a small saucepan.

Add yolks and whisk until smooth.

Stir in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened, about 10

Remove from heat and add butter one cube at a time, whisking until smooth.

Stir in vanilla extract.

Transfer pudding to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap; chill at least 2 hours, until firm.


Put the chocolate chips into a medium glass bowl and set aside.

Pour heavy cream into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.

Immediately pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips and stir until smooth.

Set the sauce aside and let it cool for about 15 minutes.

Boston Cream Pancakes + iPhoneography - offbeat + inspired


Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

Add the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Stir until just combined, but still lumpy!

Stir in the melted butter.

Scoop onto a buttered griddle with a 1/4 cup measure and cook until bubbles rise through the batter and the edges of the pancakes are light golden brown. Flip and cook until the bottoms are lightly browned.


Spread a thick layer of cream over one of the

pancakes, then sandwich it with another pancake and spoon a generous amount of chocolate sauce on top.

Serve with hot coffee right away! QUICK!!

Apps I use for editing my iPhone photos:

VSCO Cam – for great filters and manual edits
Snapseed – for manual edits while preserving image quality
TouchRetouch – for spot removal
ArtStudio – for distorting image perspective to straighten lines

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  1. Firstly, pancakes. Yum. Secondly, phones are getting serious with their cameras! Very nice! Thirdly, I am incredi-jealous of your butterfly Anthro mugs. I had one until I got a puppy. I have since learned that crying is ok and to not leave dishes out for puppies to knock in the floor and break. Also, I learned that Anthro literally has tons of beautiful mugs so I feel less bad now, but it was a major first world problem back then!!!

    P.S. My apple + peanut butter seems less satisfying for breakfast now. 😛

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      HAHA I laughed so hard at “I have since learned that crying is ok”! 😀 I know the feeling all too well. I’ve lost MANY an Anthro treasure to my own (or my own pet’s) clumsiness. So glad Anthro’s dishes aren’t ridiculously overpriced! ANDDD, apple + PB sounds AMAZING to me. But yes, you do need these pancakes in your life. 😀 Thank you for reading!!! <3

  2. I see the ingredients for the pastry cream & the chocolate sauce, but not for the pancakes, am I missing them, are they hiding from me, are they afraid of being devoured?

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      AHH I’m sorry!! Just added that in! Can’t believe I missed it! Thank you so much for letting me know!!! They actually were afraid of being devoured, but I gave a little pep talk and they gained the courage to go public. 😀

  3. First of all – LOVE this idea of Boston cream pancakes. Secondly, the photos look amazing! I love how more and more people are just using their iphone for blog photos. This is a perfect example of how you can make really great photos without an expensive DSLR camera. Bravo!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Yayy thank you so much!! I’m so glad you like the iPhone photos too! It’s so true that great photography can happen without a DSLR! 😀

  4. Love all of this, Tiffany! Boston cream pancakes are too, too genius (now I’m thinking why would I have it in pie when I could have it in pancakes!) and these iPhone-only photos are absolutely beautiful. You are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Awww girll thank you!! I hope you make themmm and I would LOVE to see one of your stunning photographs of them!!! 😀 I’m so glad you like the photos sweets!! YOU are so inspiring!! 😀 <3

  5. I love iphoneography too, the photos are gorgeous and these look delicious! 🙂

  6. Oh!! This looks soo yummy! I would love to try it. And the photos look really good! Thanks for this beautiful post!

  7. Recipes like this is why breakfast can be eaten for any meal! Thank you for sharing this post. We really like what Off Beat and Inspired has been doing, and that is why you have made our list of the Best Cooking Blogs If you get a minute, I would love to have you check it out. Thanks again, and keep up the good work!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      AWww YAY thank you so so much! I’m so glad you like!! And I totally agree, breakfast can (and should) be eaten for any meal! <3

  8. I love this idea.. It’s fantastic. I am going to do this as a mini series inspired by you, of course! x

  9. Thank you for sharing the post! This pancake photo make me want to make one although I have just had my breakfast.


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