Pistachio Cake

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Pistachio Cake

Pistachio Cake


  • Servings12 slices

For the cake:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 100 grams pistachio pudding powder approximately one 4-serving box, don’t use low fat or low sugar variety
  • 4 eggs
  • green gel food colouring
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • butter and flour for greasing the cake pan

For the frosting:

  • 8 oz (220 grams) full fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons half and half
  • chopped pistachios for garnish (optional)


  1. Prepare a 9-inch by 13-inch rectangular baking pan by greasing it with butter and coating the inside of the pan evenly with a thin dusting of flour
  2. Set aside
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes)
  4. Add the pudding powder and whip on high speed until incorporated
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition
  6. Add a tiny amount of green gel food colouring after the eggs, if desired
  7. Combine the milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl or pyrex measuring cup and whisk with a fork to combine
  8. Add the milk mixture to the butter mixture slowly, mixing well until combined
  9. Add the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt, and mix on low speed just until the batter forms and no streaks of flour appear
  10. Finish mixing by hand with a rubber spatula to be sure the batter is well combined
  11. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 60 minutes
  12. Let the cake cool completely in the pan before adding the frosting
  13. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, whip together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy
  14. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time and whip on high speed until smooth
  15. Add the half and half one spoonful at a time until a spreadable consistency is reached
  16. Spread the frosting over the completely cooled cake and top with chopped pistachios, if desired
  17. Slice and serve

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