Pistachio Cupcakes Recipe


When I was in elementary school, I discovered pistachio pudding. It was honestly a revelation – the buttery, smooth flavor with a hint of cherry was one of the best things I’d ever eaten.

Even the cool, green color was gorgeous, making me feel like I’d been robbed for all my years. Here I’d been settling for chocolate and vanilla, when this magical pistachio flavor existed!

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When I discovered how simple it was to make instant pudding myself, it was all over. Whisk in some milk, cover the bowl with foil, and hide in the fridge behind a head of lettuce.

Breakfast for a week!

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As a child, I was quite a snack hoarder. I remember wishing I could be like candy-hoarding Claudia Kishi of The Babysitters Club.

I’d often try to hide Twizzlers or candy bars in my room like she did, but it always lost it’s thrill. Have you ever eaten Twizzlers that sat under your mattress for two months? Not so fabulous.

I still have nothing but love for instant pistachio pudding. It’s honestly one of my favorite comfort foods, and I love trying to find new ways to work it into a dessert. 

So you can imagine my surprise when I realized that I’d never made pistachio cupcakes. How have I even been living without them for all this time? What is this madness?

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I used pistachio pudding in both the cupcakes and the frosting in this recipe, which was a stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. A splash of almond extract in the cupcake batter boosts the pistachio flavor, and the frosting is one of my favorite recipes.

It’s creamy, light, and not too terribly sweet.

If pistachio isn’t your thing, you can sub the puddings in the batter and frosting for any other flavor. Banana pudding? Cookies and cream? The possibilities are endless!

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Pistachio Cupcakes Recipe

Kristan Roland
Pistachio Cupcakes are a delightful treat for children and adults alike. Full of pistachio flavor.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 1 cupcake
Calories 249.86 kcal


  • 1 White Cake Mix
  • 1 Instant Pistachio Pudding (3.4 ounces)
  • 1 Sour Cream
  • 0.5 Water
  • 0.5 Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Egg
  • 0.75 Milk Cold
  • 1 Instant Pistachio Pudding (3.4 ounces)
  • 0.25 Powdered Sugar
  • 4 Whipped Cream Cheese
  • 8 Cool Whip Thawed


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 cupcake tins with liners and set aside.
  • Combine cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, water, oil, and eggs in the bowl of your mixer.
  • Beat on low for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Fill prepared cupcake tins 2/3 full, and bake for about 15 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched in the center.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together milk, pudding, and powdered sugar until thick and smooth. 
  • Whisk in cream cheese until fully blended, then fold in Cool Whip. 
  • Place in the refrigerator for an hour to firm.


Calories: 249.86kcalCarbohydrates: 29.29gProtein: 2.71gFat: 12.21gSaturated Fat: 4.88gSodium: 299.09mgFiber: 0.13gSugar: 9.59g
Keyword Baked, Baking, Comfort Food, Cupcakes, Desserts, Easy, Nuts, Party Food
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