I had the pleasure of visiting Boston a few weeks ago and am still admonishing myself for neglecting a specialty that is not only the namesake dessert of the city, but also the official dessert of Massachusetts. (And who doesn't love a state with an official dessert?) While inherently tasty, Boston cream pie is a slightly confusing concoction. It's named "pie," but it is more accurately a cake, composed of white cake layered with a creamy egg custard and topped with a smooth chocolate glaze. The peculiar naming likely stems from the fact that the original bakers of Boston cream pie—our forefathers, the American colonists—didn't own cake pans, utilizing pie tins for their baking needs.