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Pistachio Pudding Cake Recipe
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Pistachio Pudding Cake Recipe

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This recipe has been under lock and key for years in our family. Everyone who's ever tried this moist, one-of-a-kind cake can't believe it's a mix. The dessert is perfect for St. Patrick's Day…and you won't need the luck of the Irish to whip it up! —Suzanne Winkhart, Bolivar, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

482 calories: 1 slice, 28g fat (8g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 555mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein .

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, soda and oil; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in walnuts.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream, milk, pudding mix and confectioners' sugar on high until stiff peaks form. Frost cake. Sprinkle with walnuts. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Pistachio Cake in Simple & Delicious February/March 2011, p17


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moon07
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2016

"This has become a staple in my home and office! I actually skip the frosting all together! It doesn't need it! (I figure it saves me time and calories!) The girls in the office treat this like a "breakfast cake!" LOL! The WHOLE cake disappears in a half a day with 10-15 employees! I've made it for Christmas even! (Added a touch of green food coloring and topped with a strawberry glaze! :D) It's SO moist! It has a great "sturdy" body to it, so it does stand up like a bread. I'm about to make 2 this week so I can send some home with the people who love it! THANK U SO MUCH FOR THIS RECIPE!!!"

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Sarah6534
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2016

"Just made this for work and everyone loved it! People say they had a hard time with the frosting, but I followed the exact recipe and it turned out perfect. You really need to whisk it. I used my kitchen aid mixer and put it on a high speed for several minutes until it peaked."

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Phall2013
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"Made this for the first time, it was easy and delicious. I followed the cake directions to the T. The frosting directions I omitted the walnuts and added chopped pistachios on top of the frosting. In making the frosting I followed the directions however, I started with a quarter cup milk and added as I went . A 1/3 To a 1/2cup of milk is what I believed is used. 3/4 is way too much. Hope that helps with the frosting issues. Thank you for the recipe."

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brewster86
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2016

"Made this cake today for a ladies' luncheon; it was delicious, so delicious that everyone had a second piece. I had no trouble with the frosting but instead of 2% milk I used Almond milk. Has anyone tried using a different flavor pudding?"

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Sharon mcfarland
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"Cake was good. I too had problems with the icing getting it to form stiff peaks after beating it for an extended time. I added more powdered sugar. I will definitely make it again but I think I might reduce the 2% milk adding more whipping cream."

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dhbarber2010
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"Cake was great but i did have trouble with the icing. I agree with another comment I saw someone should spend time to tweak the icing recipe. I could not get mine to full stiff peak. I stuck it in the fridge hoping that would help. It was good but still soft sliding down my cake. I think i should haved used more powdered sugar."

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cmdp
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2016

"I've had this cake for a number of years known as Watergate cake and was always good. The recipe was on the pistachio pudding box."

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happy homesteader
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2016

"So good. I use for coffee hour at church."

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erinn624
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"I LOVE this recipe - I've made it several times using a white cake mix because that's my favorite! The frosting is delicious - not too sweet. I get rave reviews every time!"

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TheDix
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"Good cake, nice mild flavor, moist. I made the frosting w/Dream Whip. Very Good!"

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