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Pistachio Cake Recipe

Pistachio Cake Recipe

Mom is well-known for her holiday cookies, candies and cakes. This delicious dessert starts conveniently with a cake mix and instant pudding. You're sure to get requests for second helpings when you serve it. -Becky Brunette, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min. + cooling YIELD:12-15 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, toasted
  • Whole red shell pistachios and fresh mint, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes; stir in walnuts.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat milk and pudding mix on low speed for 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over cake. Sprinkle with pistachios. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes before cutting. Garnish with whole pistachios and mint if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 479 calories, 29g fat (7g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 443mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein

Reviews for Pistachio Cake

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Reviewed Jul. 23, 2014

"Awesome recipe. Used club soda instead of lemon lime soda to cut down on the sweet. It was awesome!!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"This is much better than the original that used the powdered whipped topping mix. The thawed topping makes it fluffier, I actually used the "creamy" version. It was slightly softer, but looked exactly like the photo. No walnuts for us : )"

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2013

"Excellent; lighter, fresher, more flavorful than the recipe I have had for 30+ years that uses four eggs, club soda, and no nuts"

Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"Love this easy recipe!"

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"I don't t think it's fair for me to give this cake a rating because everyone else here seems to have love it, and I didn't. The cake baked up nicely, but it's way too sweet - and I have a huge sweet-tooth, but this had too much sugar. I'm also disappointed at how the cake took on a walnut flavor and the pistachio flavor just disappeared. And, why were walnuts listed? Why wasn't chopped pistachios called for? I would not make this cake again; it won't make my recipe box, as there are other recipes more worthy to try out."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"This recipe is a homerun! I made it for work and everyone raved about how moist it was. The icing was spot on! I would definitely make this recipe again."

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"I remember this recipe as a child and just discovered it again. I don't use the walnuts either as the nut flavoring from the pudding is enough. I also make it as a layered cake for a change"

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"This cake is so moist and delicious! And the frosting is just great! The one change I made in the recipe is I eliminated the walnuts (my family doesn't like them) and used chopped pistachios instead."

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"This is a huge hit every time I make it even with those who don't like pistachio's or people like my husband who don't like frosting they love this."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"I can't believe how good this cake is! I am the person who brings all the cakes and pies to family gatherings and this cake is my biggest hit yet. I'm always being asked to make it. A delicious cake. I will be making 2 today to give to people. Definitely 5 stars!"

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2009

"THis was really good. I made it for the family, but it made alot so will make for work next time. Thanx."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2008

"I'd forgotten about this recipe! It was a huge favorite at our house, first when I was a teen at home, then when I served it to my family as a parent myself.

Thank You!"

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