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Easy Pistachio Tube Cake

Mixes make this light cake easy, and a fluted tube pan gets it holiday party-ready. Go for the pistachios on top—the extra crunch is worth it. —Dina Crowell, Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Finely chopped pistachios, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Dust with confectioners' sugar. If desired, sprinkle with pistachios.
Editor’s Note: To remove cakes easily, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted tube pans.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice (calculated without pistachios): 266 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 416mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Allison
    May 8, 2020

    Followed it exactly as written. I always do the first time I make any new recipe, as I find I’m in a much better position to then adjust it to my family’s liking. That being said, I couldn’t even add a picture because it didn’t last that long! 100% serious!

  • Bea
    Dec 24, 2018

    No comment left

  • adamsme47
    Feb 8, 2018

    I have a similar recipe from an old magazine that uses 2 boxes of pudding and have been making it for years and it is a wonderful cake everyone loves and ask to make it over and over. Very light.

  • Nina
    Mar 17, 2017

    I give this cake 0 stars. I am an experienced baker and made this cake twice today. Both times with fresh ingredients and both times while cooking it looked wonderful, but when I took it out of the oven within three minutes it fell. I am so disappointed today being St Patrick's day I wanted a green dessert and this sounded like a good one. Any suggestions???

  • LindaLeeMcKinney
    Mar 26, 2016

    This cake is light and moist, it was a big hit at my Ladies Club meeting! I am making one for Easter now.

  • LindaS_WI
    Jan 15, 2016

    I am a pistachio fanatic and love almost anything made with it. This is going to be made again and again in my house. Everyone loved it. You can dress it up as mamaknowsbest said below but I really don't think it needed it. It was delicious on its own and was really good for breakfast the next morning. :-)

  • mamaknowsbest
    Jan 12, 2016

    This is a fantastic cake that is moist and light! A great alternative to heavy deserts. A simple way to dress up this cake is with a light frosting. One box of pistachio pudding mix, 1 1/4 cups 1 % milk and a package of Dream Whip. Whip for a few minutes with the electric mixer until soft peaks form. As a volunteer food editor for Taste of Home I enjoy making recipes that guests ask for seconds!