Bouillie Cake (Boo-Yee Cake)

Julie Guidry Recipe

By Julie Guidry JulieG

40 Min
40 Min

My husband is from south Louisiana, Cut Off to be exact and I'm from deep east Texas. Over the years I've tried to learn all his favorite foods to make him feel at home here in Texas. A Bouillie custard is a Cajun staple but, rather than just in a pie (which is typical) his cousin told me about this cake. Basically you make the cake super moist by adding a bit of custard to the batter, then top it with the left overs. I tweaked the recipe a little. (You can also take the custard and add Nilla wafers as it cools. Yummo!!) Everyone in his family loves this recipe, hope you love it too.

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1 box
butter cake mix
2 can(s)
condensed milk 12oz cans
2 can(s)
6 Tbsp
4 tsp
vanilla extract
1 c
1 c

Directions Step-By-Step

Heat Oven to 350 and grease 9x13 pan. You will need another bowl for left over custard.
In a large pot on medium low heat melt butter, add your milk and water. As that is melting, mix butter cake batter as directed on box and pour into cake pan.
Mix sugar, eggs and cornstarch and set to the side. When butter is completely melted add your egg mixture and whisk until pudding like consistency, making sure to stir bottom of pot. DO NOT BOIL, the custard will burn very easily. Turn off heat stir in vanilla. Remove from heat.
Ladle booyee over cake batter evenly to cover do not overfill cake pan. You will have a good bit left over. Bake cake as directed.(I like my cake a little gooey so I do not bake quite as long as directed. Taking it out 2 or 3 minutes before done)
After cake is removed from oven and cooled for about 20 Minutes cut into squares, place on plate then ladle one booyea-custard over baked cake.

This cake is a little labor intensive but well worth it. Refrigerate leftovers, if you have any.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Other Tag: Heirloom
Hashtag: #custard

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Feb 22, 2013 - Amy Alusa shared a photo of this recipe. View photo
Amy Alusa amyalulsa
Feb 22, 2013
I was curious so I looked up the Bouille cake online. There were several hits, but I especially liked this one as it gave a little history of the cake and when it came to be. I suspect your recipe is better than the one provided on the link; but I hope this pic helps people get an idea of it!
Julie Guidry JulieG
Feb 23, 2013
Thank you for the picture. I have only made the cake twice and didn't think to put this recipe on here until the other day or even take a picture of what I made for that matter. Guess I should have checked to see if other recipes were on here.
Amy Alusa amyalulsa
Feb 25, 2013
I didn't check either! Oops! Anyway it sound like a fun cake to make! I love southern cooking!
Bonnie Rodriguez binnier
Mar 8, 2013
I'm from Louisiana but I live in Texas but when I went visit my Sister in law made one, it was so good I think I could've ate the whole thing. Everyone loved it. This recipe looks delicious!
Victorya Richard Victorya79
Mar 10, 2014
I'm from deep south Louisiana born and raised. My family owns a bakery and they make the real version Tarte a la Bouille. (pronounced boo-ee no y) Like a lot of our cajun words the ll's are silent. Lol. We serve this at every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is one of my weaknesses. So I'm excited to see this new take on it being a cake instead if a pie. Our bakery actually uses or tea cookie recipe dough as the crust sometimes. Talk about yummy. :) I will definitely be giving this a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
Telisia Dodd Mstexas1
Mar 10, 2014
I'm from the south as well Texas born and rasied. I have never heard of this cake my question how did you make the icing on the cake or is that icing?.
amy bourgeois stumpy_74
Mar 18, 2014
Yes in Deed!!! You should pray for will power before making this cake!!! Omg!!! It's sooooo good!!
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Jeanette Brunet jeanettebrunet
Oct 20, 2014
Hi! I am from and still in southeast Louisiana, and my maiden name is also GUIDRY! My Dad was from Raceland, and mom from Golden Meadow. We grew up in Galliano and my husband and I are still here! This recipe sounds fabulous. We often eat the cake topped with homemade bouille, but I never made this combined one yet. Will soon. My grandkids will love this!
Monique Mayo mmayo1966
Jun 18, 2015
Hi!! I live in Dulac Louisiana and I like to make the Bouille pie filling amd put it on top of my home made bread pudding. It's awesome!! Also, some of my friends order the tarte a bouille pie made with vanilla wafers inatead of the tea cookie dough!! It's also really good made with coconut!! I add coconut milk, coconut extract and coconut flakes and everyone loves it!!
Julie Guidry JulieG
Jun 19, 2015
That sounds great! I love coconut, and drink coconut milk so I will have to try it. Typically everyone down there uses the Nilla Wafers, but the cake is sooooo good I prefer it that way.
Thank you!!
Julie G.
Roxanne Lebouef Lacoste RoxanneLacoste27
Jun 20, 2015
Hi I live in Theriot La I never made it that way before it would bake my cake first then it would break my cake up in pieces then I would pour my bouillie over the of cake
Lois Autin Lois_Autin
Jul 19, 2015
My mom would make cake and pap, which we all loved!! It's pretty much the same, except she would make a regular yellow cake and top it with the "pap" that she made from scratch. The best pap, pudding, custard, or whatever it is called you ever had!!! Me and my sisters have never been able to make it quite like hers, but we will keep trying!! Lol. I gonna try this recipe..... It is best served hot!! Hot cake, hot pap!! From Houma Louisiana
Jul 21, 2015
This is my sis n law recipe! Cajun food is the best!