Homemade Pistachio Pudding Cake

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Homemade Pistachio Pudding Cake with Pistachio Buttercream Frosting
Homemade Pistachio Pudding Cake

I knew once I delved into the evil, evil realm of those pistachio pudding cookies that I made last week that I was a changed girl forever. I had finally caved into trying out pudding mixes in cookies. I’m a convert, I gotta admit it. Then again, we all know that there’s no food snobbery happening around this website, so we’re cool.

When I made those cookies, I had people chiming in from all over on Instagram and Facebook about how much they loved pistachio pudding cake. Of course, I had to google this right away.

Wow. Mind blown.

I also knew that I wanted to create a homemade, non-cake mix, pistachio pudding cake. This would take it over the top, I was sure. To omit the cake mix and create a gorgeous from-scratch cake would blow my mind even more.

A slice of Homemade Pistachio Pudding Cake in a white plate

Oh you guys. It did.

This is, bar none, the best cake I have ever baked up. I have found Nirvana. Seventh heaven. Whatever you want to call it, this cake is the bomb. Moist, fluffy, perfect cake. This cake made me swoon. I teased you all with a photo of it last Sunday and there were more than a few of you swooning as well. I just can’t stop looking at it.

Pistachio perfection.

Close up of Homemade Pistachio Pudding Cake with Pistachio Buttercream Frosting in transparent cake holder

The icing on the cake (see what I did there?) is literally my new Pistachio Pudding Buttercream Icing recipe. There are all sorts of pistachio pudding icings out there but not a single buttercream one and you all know my fixation with buttercream icing. I didn’t want a whipped cream based icing, I wanted a delicious, melt in your mouth buttery one.

Close up of Homemade Pistachio Pudding Cake with Pistachio Buttercream Frosting in transparent cake holder and a slice in white plate

I am sure you now can all foresee more cakes in my future and there will be more coming, I have a few more ideas. I’m totally into the pudding cakes from scratch now and have a few ideas on how to make them completely from scratch, pudding included!

If you want to try cookies, my pistachio cookies using pistachio pudding are amazing and one of my favorite cookies!

Happy Baking everyone!

Love you more than pistachio pudding,

Karlynn

I’ve noticed that either people nail this cake, or it falls. If it falls, you didn’t bake it long enough. PLEASE TEST THE CAKE FOR DONENESS! TEST IN THE MIDDLE, TEST BY THE HOLE IN THE BUNDT PAN. Make sure that it’s absolutely cooked! This IS A BUNDT CAKE AND THEY TAKE FOREVER TO BAKE!!

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Homemade Pistachio Pudding Cake

Homemade pistachio pudding cake, no cake mix involved, just a gorgeous, perfect crumb bundt cake with pistachio pudding mixed in.
4.95 from 121 votes
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Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
55 minutes
Total Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Course
Dessert
Cuisine
American
Servings
16
Calories
307
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
 

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups of white granulated sugar
  • one 99 grams package of jello instant pistachio pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup chopped pistachios 1/4 cup reserved to the side for topping
  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a standard Bundt pan.(the 12 cup capacity)
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt then set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer on medium speed with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.Add in the DRY pistachio pudding mix and combine thoroughly.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, making sure each is thoroughly incorporated.
  • Mix in the chopped pistachios.
  • Combine the milk, oil and vanilla extract in a large measuring cup or bowl.
  • Starting with the dry ingredients, alternate pouring a third of the wet and dry ingredients into the bowl, incorporating thoroughly after each addition. You will end on the wet ingredients. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes after the last addition.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. 
  • I CAN'T ASSERT ENOUGH - IF YOUR CAKE FALLS, YOU DIDN'T BAKE IT ENOUGH!!! TEST IN THE CENTER AND TEST BY THE INNER HOLE IN THE BUNDT PAN.
  • Invert the cake onto a baking rack to cool.
  • Frost with Pistachio Pudding Buttercream Icing when the cake has completely cooled and sprinkle the remaining pistachios over the icing.

Recipe Notes

If you live at a higher altitude use a larger bundt pan so that it doesn't overflow OR leave out a good 1/2 cup of batter 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 307kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 247mg, Potassium: 217mg, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 380IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 82mg, Iron: 1.1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Wendy says

    Hi! I really need a pistachio pudding layer cake recipe. Is there anything you might do to your recipe to change it so it will bake in layers nicely? I am trying to avoid the box cakes if possible! Thanks!

  2. Nicole says

    I made this exactly as written and it turned out perfectly! I frosted it with your pistachio buttercream and everything is just divine. This is a keeper!5 stars

  3. Tim says

    A very good cake. Easy to make, easy to eat. I didn’t apply any icing, as I’m not a big fan. I’ll be making this again.5 stars

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