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 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 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 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 53045
Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"Love this easy recipe!"

sherry_vinigrette 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 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 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 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 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 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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