Pistachio Cake Recipe
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Pistachio Cake Recipe

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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
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Pistachio Cake in Taste of Home December/January 2002, p35

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Funlilgirl User ID: 7901683 82756
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2014

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

Ally_Pramen User ID: 7209705 41901
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 : )"

CCCate User ID: 7104410 53086
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"

Teresa1971 User ID: 3133770 53045
Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"Love this easy recipe!"

sherry_vinigrette User ID: 5009498 58763
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."

cooks4u2 User ID: 5945334 91356
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."

witkowski User ID: 3842263 98671
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"

tracidhaley User ID: 1237610 82754
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."

pinkiepie User ID: 5517629 34762
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."

lauritex User ID: 3712073 104271
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!"

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