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Pistachio Cake {With Cake Mix}

Easy pistachio cake recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Starts off with yellow cake mix, pistachio pudding and topped off with whipped cream. Super soft and moist!

This is such a classic cake recipe that’s found in most vintage cook books. If you are fond of pistachios, you must also try these Pistachio Carrot Cupcakes. Both of them have such a wonderful nutty flavor. Also, these would be great to serve on St. Patrick’s Day because of their green color. For more green food inspiration, check out these Green Desserts (St.Patrick’s Day Desserts).

Easy Pistachio Cake With Cake Mix on White Plate

How to make pistachio cake recipe with cake mix?

  1. Make cake batter- By mixing together cake mix, instant pudding powder, green food coloring, eggs, oil, milk.
  2. Mix- Until just combined.
  3. Pour batter- In greased/floured cake pan.
  4. Bake– Until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  5. Let cake cool– Until room temperature.
  6. Spread frosting– Whipped cream pairs perfectly with this cake flavor.

Can you add pudding to box mix?

Yes, you can add it and it gives the cake a new flavor and also adds moisture.

Is this the same as watergate cake?

No. Even though they are both green in color, watergate cake also has coconut and lemon flavor.

Homemade Pistachio Pudding Cake With Spoonful Removed on White Plate

Variations for pistachio pudding cake

Pair with other frosting- I like to keep the frosting very simple so that the flavor of the cake shines through. It’s a simple whipped cream. You can use homemade or store-bought whipped cream like Cool Whip.  If you are fond of buttercream, you can use my American Buttercream Frosting or this Cream Cheese Frosting.

Decorate- Sprinkle white chocolate chips, white chocolate shavings, roughly chopped pistachios, shredded coconut, sprinkles or maraschino cherries.

Pistachio bundt cake- Use sour cream- This makes it firm and works better in a bundt pan. Replace milk with 1 cup sour cream and reduce oil to 1/2 cup.

Add extracts- Such as almond extract or coconut extract or rose extract.

Add zests- Such as 1 tbsp lemon zest or lime zest or orange zest.

Poke cake– Prepare the cake as explained below. Then, make holes all over the cake with a bubble tea straw. Prepare the pistachio pudding mixture. Then, pour it all over the cake. Chill for 1 hour. Then, spread whipped cream on top of the cake.

Make layer cake- Make multiple round cakes with this recipe. Then, stack them with whipped cream and chopped pistachios between each layer.

Closeup Shot of Green Cake With Whipped Cream on Parchment Paper

Tips and Techniques

Don’t use butter instead of oil– Because that makes the cake very heavy and dense.

Don’t use fat free milk– Because that doesn’t add any moisture or flavor to this cake.

What cake mix flavor to use? Use white cake mix, butter cake mix or yellow cake mix. I prefer the yellow cake mix since it has the best overall flavor. The brand of cake mix does not really matter.

Don’t over mix cake batter-Because that makes a tough cake.

Cool cake completely before frosting- Because the warmth of the cake will melt the frosting and lead to a sticky mess.

Don’t over-bake cake- Because that will make it dry and crumbly.

All ingredients should be at room temperature- Because they mix together smoothly and evenly.

Cake Mix Cake with Pistachios and Whipped Cream on White Plate

Storage

Refrigerate– Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freeze– Unfrosted cake can be stored in a sealed container for up to 1 month. When you are ready to enjoy it, let it thaw until room temperature and then frost it and enjoy.

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Pistachio Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Easy pistachio cake recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Starts off with yellow cake mix, pistachio pudding and topped off with whipped cream. Super soft and moist!
Yield: 12 Slices

Ingredients

  • 3 Eggs, Large
  • 3/4 cup Oil
  • 1 cup Milk, 2% or Whole
  • 1 box Yellow cake mix
  • 1 box Instant Pistachio pudding , Dry powder, 3.4 oz
  • Green food coloring
  • 2 cups Whipped cream

Instructions 

  • In a mixing bowl, add eggs, oil, milk and mix until smooth.
  • Add cake mix powder, instant pistachio pudding powder, green food coloring and mix until just combined. 
  • Pour batter into a greased/floured rectangle cake pan (Dimensions: 9×13).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes OR until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool down completely and spread whipped cream on top. 
  • Decorate with maraschino cherries or chopped pistachios and enjoy!

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 336kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 340mg, Potassium: 76mg, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 160IU, Calcium: 130mg, Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 336
Author: CakeWhiz

16 comments on “Pistachio Cake {With Cake Mix}”

  1. This is a must-make!! Looks fantastic!5 stars

  2. I love financiers! I”ve made a raspberry version, but your pistachio mini cakes look fabulous, too!

  3. What can we use to replace pistachio pudding mix as it’s not available in our area4 stars

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