Pistachio Cake

Saturday, February 22, 2020
What's not to love about Pistachio cake made from a mix created in the late 1960s?


This pistachio cake is terrific with coffee, tea, milk, cocoa.


Hearty pound cake that can be served plain with powdered sugar, fruit-topped, pistachio pudding frosting, or just whipped cream.


How much versatile of a quick easy delicious cake can this recipe get?


I have used yellow, white and lemon cake mixes, they are all fantastic!


Pistachio flavor is my very favorite and I love Pistachio Cookies, Amaretto Pistachio Fudge and even a Pistachio Pesto Pasta dish, just to name a few!


This is the perfect color cake for St. Patrick's Day or the Christmas holiday because it's green and yummy!


Scroll down to the recipe card to print this easy Pistachio cake recipe off!






this is pistachio cake made with a cake mix topped with heavy cream and pistachio pudding with slivered almonds on top








Bundt Pans and More



This pistachio cake is like a pound cake and bakes perfectly in any kind of pan.


I usually use a bundt pan as mom used to bake it in but I have also used sheet pans, round pans, and square pans.


The cake is semi-homemade and not dense like a scratch cake because it starts off with a cake mix.


I have often used something other than what mom used in the 60s and 70s which was yellow cake mixes.


Lemon, white and even chocolate have all been delicious!


I also added more pistachios or sliced almonds in the batter at times.





this is a vintage recipe for a doctored cake mix with pistachio pudding in it to make a pistachio cake





Ingredients You Will Need To Make Pistachio Cake

scroll down to the printable recipe card for exact measurements



  • yellow or white cake mix (or use a yellow funfetti cake mix for a pretty party cake or any flavor for a change IE lemon or chocolate)
  • eggs
  • water
  • almond extract
  • instant pistachio pudding
  • oil (I use canola)
  • pistachios 0r sliced almonds
  • Optional: 4 drops green food coloring, 1/2 cup chopped pistachio.








this is a sliced piece pistachio cake and a scoop of pistachip ice cream with a cup espressso in the backroud using a cake mix and pudding in the mixture with a pistachio whipped cream and garnished with pistachios and shaved chocolate





Holiday and Festive Cakes!




Pistachio cake is a fabulous treat and I always look forward to a slice with my espresso every year for my birthday celebration or even perfect for Christmas or even St. Patrick's Day is green!



During the Christmas holiday, you can decorate the cake with maraschino cherries on top with the chopped green pistachios around in a circle making wreaths.



This pretty green cake can be a festive delicious centerpiece for any table.



I have even made this cake with a festive Christmas Sugar Cone Trees in the middle, it's a winter scene cake.




this is a vintage recipe for a doctored cake mix with pistachio pudding in it to make a pistachio cake




Fun Recipes Using Pistachios




I love pistachio anything, ice cream with hot fudge is another favorite of mine.



Here is my pistachio ice cream recipe.



I eat pistachio's plain for a snack. I can never get tired of eating them. I love my pistachio cookie biscotti, have you tried them?






this is a pistachio cake using a cake mix and pudding in the mixture with a pistachio whipped cream and garnished with pistachios and shaved chocolate





Suggestions and Tips


  1. Substitute lemon soda for water or lemon-lime.
  2. Add more nuts like pistachios or almonds
  3. Don't overbake this
  4. Do heavily grease whatever pan you're using
  5. Add sprinkles to the batter to make a fun children's party cake!
  6. Add chocolate chip for different pistachio and chocolate chip cake





This is a yellow cake mix with pistachio instant pudding added to the mix getting to bake in a glass baking 13 x 9 sheet cake pan




Great for a Picnic or Holiday!




Sometimes I bring this one for pot lucks and just dust it with powdered sugar, for food safety reasons.



I never bring anything with cream frostings or anything with mayonnaise in it, even if it's dairy-free.



I always am very conscious of food born illnesses.



You can also just sprinkle the top with chopped pistachios and funfetti for a festive look especially for Holidays like St. Patrick's Day or Christmas!



I love pistachio so much I even make this Pistachio Witches Fingers for Halloween!!!



I have a pretty shamrock cookie for St. Patrick's Day here also.




I also use pistachio pudding in my Pistachio Ambrosia Salad




This is a pistachio cake made with a yellow cake mix and pistachio instant pudding baked to a golden brown color in a glass rectangular sheet cake pan




Chocolate on Top Is Awesome!




I love two flavors together, pistachio and chocolate, it's also my favorite way to eat pistachio ice cream, hot fudge over pistachio are the best!



This cake is also great with adding mini chocolate chips to the batter.



Or you can add shaved chocolate or even warmed hot fudge over the top.



This pistachio cake with hot fudge is perfect with this whipped cream icing.








Pistachio Cake Has Been Around A Long Time



This vintage Pistachio cake recipe is so easy to make.



It has a bold pistachio flavor and the cake made with pistachio pudding is very light in texture, not heavy.



The whipped cream pistachio frosting is also light and fluffy.



This pistachio cake tastes great with or without the frosting, you really don't need anything else it's so good.



My memory of mom in the kitchen making this every year gives me a warm feeling, I will always cherish her making me this cake every year.





this is a pistachio cake using a cake mix and pudding in the mixture with a pistachio whipped cream and garnished with pistachios and shaved chocolate






Don't Forget To Try Some Of My Other Pistachio Recipes!



Shamrock Cookies

Pistachio Ambrosia

Pistachio Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Pistachio Cake with Sugar Cone Christmas Trees

Halloween Pistachio Witches Fingers

Pistachio and Amaretto Fudge








Pistachio Cake Pin for later




this is a pistachio cake using a cake mix and pudding in the mixture with a pistachio whipped cream and garnished with pistachios and sliced almonds











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Pistachio  Cake

Pistachio Cake

prep time: 5 Mcook time: 35 Mtotal time: 40 M
This is a delicious pistachio cake popular in the 60s and 1970s. It's been my favorite birthday cake ever since mom first made it.

ingredients:

  • 1 package yellow or white cake mix (or use a yellow funfetti cake mix for a pretty party cake or any flavor for a change IE lemon or chocolate)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 package instant pistachio pudding
  • 1/4 cup oil (I use canola)
  • Optional: 4 drops green food coloring, 1/2 cup chopped pistachio. (The pudding makes it light green.)
  • Note: you can make your own funfetti cake without buying the mix. Just use whatever cake mix you like and add 1/4 cup mixed colored sprinkles to the batter
  • chopped pistachios, shaved chocolate or sliced almonds for garnishing are optional

instructions:

How to cook Pistachio Cake

  1. Place all in a bowl, using an electric mixer beat for 3 minutes.
  2. Pour into a 13 x 9 greased pan or bundt pan.
  3. Bake 350 degrees until the middle comes clean with a toothpick.
  4. Around 30 to 45 minutes depending on the pan you use.
  5. Frost or dust with powdered sugar.
  6. Frosting:
  7. 1 - 8-ounce tub of whipped topping or heavy cream sweetened and whipped
  8. 1 box  pistachio instant pudding
  9. 1/2 cup cold milk
  10. Mix both pudding and milk together until blended evenly, fold thawed whipped topping or real whipped cream into the mixture. Spread on cooled cake. Refrigerate. I like to decorate the top of mine with whole pistachios and some chopped or shaved chocolate.
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Pistachio Cake Pin for later



his is a pistachio cake using a cake mix and pudding in the mixture with a pistachio whipped cream and garnished with pistachios and shaved chocolate





Don't forget to try these favorite Pistachio Recipes:



Halloween Pistachio Witches Fingers


Pistachio and Amaretto Fudge


Pistachio Biscotti


Pistachio Ricotta Cookies



this is a vintage recipe for a doctored cake mix with pistachio pudding in it to make a pistachio cake





Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2016. It was edited and re-published in 2020.

13 comments

  1. I love using pistachios in desserts and this pistachio cake looks and sounds so delicious! Saving this recipe for the weekend!

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  2. My family would love this, too! What a fun birthday cake recipe---easy and always a hit!

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  3. Instant pistachio pudding used to be one of my favourite flavours when I lived in Canada. Alas, I'm in the UK now and can't get it!

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  4. I've never tried pistachio cake before. What an amazing colour!

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  5. We love pistachios! This cake looks absolutely delicious. I think I'll make if for our next family gathering event. Yummy!

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  6. Oh my goodness! I've never seen this before. I LOVE pistachios and this looks like a great dessert to highlight them too!

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  7. Pistachios were the "on trend" food of the 1970s - I think 2nd only to Jello dishes! LOL I like that this cake is easy to make ... and love the story about your mom making it for birthdays and family gatherings!

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  8. I love pistachios and love how you're putting them in so many different things. Thanks for this recipe!

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  9. This cake looks like such a fun dessert! I love your idea, Claudia! And it look so moist and heavenly :)

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  10. I agree with you pistachios are amazing. I love pistachio ice cream too so good would pair really well with this delightful cake you are suggesting. Wish I could have a slice now.

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  11. I love pistachios, but have never had them in a dessert recipe like this! Sounds so good!!

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  12. I love pistachio in my desserts and this sound so absolutely delicious. Such a pretty color on this cake. Bet it tasted heavenly.

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  13. I am like you .. I love everything pistachio! I had no idea it was this easy to make a pistachio cake!!!! Love this recipe, super easy and made with just a few ingredients ..perfect!

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