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Pistachio Cake

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  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Box Pistachio Pudding Mix
  • 4, Room Temperature Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Ounce, Chopped Chocolate
  • 1 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3-6 Tablespoons Boiling Water
  • 3 Tablespoons, Chopped (Optional) Pistachios

Pistachio Cake

A super easy and delicious cake with great pistachio flavor!

1 hour, 15 minutes

Serves: 12-16


The flavors of pistachio and chocolate come together in this unique cake that's easy to make and is topped with a quick chocolate drizzle.

Pistachio Cake Ingredients

This Pistachio Cake is really easy and fun to make. It’s not technically a Grandma Jackie recipe but it’s been in the family for years and is certainly a vintage classic. It’s another great cake that is all based around adding to a boxed cake mix and of course, adding in a packet of pudding mix as well. Other than the cake and pudding mix boxes, you likely have everything on hand. You’ll find this is the perfect dessert for a party or just to jazz up your weeknight dinner.

Making this pistachio cake is super easy and other than the oven and a tea kettle, no real dangerous equipment is needed making this a GREAT cake recipe for little chefs. The steps are simple: dump in the two box mixes; crack, beat and add the eggs; measure and add the liquid ingredients; pour half into a prepped bundt pan; add cocoa to the remaining batter and mix; and then add to the bundt pan and bake! Decorating the cake is also a breeze with a simple chocolate drizzle made from powdered sugar, a bit of chocolate and boiling water. I added some chopped pistachios to the top which I think looks nice and also gives people an idea of the flavor of the cake before they cut into it.

I hope you give this cake a try. If you do, please let me know what you think in the comments or share a pic of the final product with me on Instagram (@bdhbakes).






  • Preheat Oven to 350º 
  • Prep Bundt Pan 

    Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray for baking or butter the pan and dust with a light layer of flour.

    Pistachio Cake Prep Pan
  • Add Cake and Pudding Mixes 

    In a large mixing bowl, add the yellow cake mix and the pistachio pudding mix. Whisk together to combine and evenly distribute.

    Pistachio Cake Dry Ingredients
  • Add Beaten Eggs 

    In a separate small bowl, add all four (room temperature) eggs. Gently beat them and then add them to the big mixing bowl.

    Pistachio Cake Four Eggs
    Pistachio Cake Beat Eggs
    Pistachio Cake Add Eggs to Mix
  • Add Liquids 

    To the large mixing bowl add the Orange Juice, Vegetable Oil and Water.

    Pistachio Cake Orange Juice
    Pistachio Cake Vegetable Oil
    Pistachio Cake Water
    Pistachio Cake Add Liquids
  • Mix to Combine 

    Whisk all ingredients together until just combined and there are no lumps. Do this by hand to keep the cake from getting tough or dry.

    Pistachio Cake Mix Batter
  • Pour First Layer 

    Pour about half of the cake batter into the prepped bundt pan and flatten the top.

    Pistachio Cake Layer One
  • Add Chocolate Layer 

    To the half of the batter that remains in the mixing bowl, add the cocoa powder and mix (again by hand) until it is all one uniform color and smooth. Add the remaining chocolate batter to the bundt pan on top of the first layer and smooth the top.

    Pistachio Cake Add Cocoa Powder
    Pistachio Cake Mix Chocolate Batter
    Pistachio Cake Add Chocolate Layer
  • Bake the Cake 

    Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 50 - 60 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

  • Cool the Cake and Unmold 

    Cool the cake on a wire rack in the bundt pan for a minimum of 10 minutes. Gently run a wooden skewer or butter knife around the interior and exterior edges of the cake. Place the serving tray on top of the bundt pan and flip the cake over to unmold. Allow to continue to cool for at least an hour before frosting.

    Pistachio Cake Cool Cake
    Pistachio Cake Unmold Cake
  • Make Chocolate Drizzle 

    Once the cake is completely cooled, make the frosting by placing the powdered sugar in a large (4 cup or so) measuring cup with a spout. Add 1 ounce of chocolate, chopped to the powdered sugar. Next add 3 Tablespoons of boiling water and whisk until smooth. Add additional boiling water by the Tablespoon (up to 6 total) until the mixture is the desired consistency. You want it so when you drop a bit on your finger it pools and doesn't run.

    Pistachio Cake Sugar and Chocolate
    Pistachio Cake Add Boiling Water
  • Finish the Cake 

    Drizzle the chocolate mixture over the cake so that it covers the top and runs down the sides. If you'd like to add chopped pistachios, be sure to do that quickly before the chocolate drizzle sets.

    Pistachio Cake



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