Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes

Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes from thelittlekitchen.net

I love the color green and I love pistachios…pistachio ice cream, you name it. My former co-worker used to make a pistachio cake with pistachio ice cream that I loved. He used a cake mix and extended it. I love those kinds of recipes. When Amber asked me to join in on celebrating Jamie and her first baby, I knew I wanted to make cupcakes (because Jamie loves them!) and then I thought why not pistachio cupcakes. They are perfect for a baby shower (for a boy or a girl), for a birthday or even St. Patrick’s Day. The green color isn’t technicolor green, it’s a subtle green color. The recipe for the cupcakes is from scratch and the pistachio flavor and color come from adding pistachio instant pudding mix to the cake batter.

Celebrating Jamie

I’m so excited to be a part of a group of bloggers who posted recipes today in honor of Jamie. She’s expecting a little sweet pea, a little girl, her first baby soon! Make sure you hop around and check out the other recipes. Congratulations, Jamie!!!!!

Amber from Bluebonnets & Brownies | Lemon Strawberry Cupcakes
Julie from The Little Kitchen | Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes
Jen from My Kitchen Addiction | Sugar and Spice Cookies
Shaina from Food for My Family | Vanilla Raspberry Mini Meringue Kisses
Glory from Glorious Treats | Modern decorated cookies
Cheryl from TidyMom | Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream
Katie from Good Life {Eats} | Raspberry Hibiscus Soda
Aimee from SimpleBites | How to freeze a big batch of homemade waffles
Amanda from I am Baker | Heath Bar Cake
Steph from Steph Chows | PB oatmeal cookies
Allison from Some the Wiser | Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
Megan from Stetted | Strawberry Jalapeno Palmiers
Shelly from Cookies & Cups | Bacon Cheddar Scones
Emily from Jelly Toast | Meyer Lemon Scones
Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen | Samoa Layer Cake

Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes from thelittlekitchen.net

This recipe is a little different, once you add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients minus the whole milk, it looks like a cookie dough.

Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes from thelittlekitchen.net

Then, add the milk and blend it for 30 to 60 seconds with your hand mixer or in your stand mixer and it becomes a super smooth cake batter.

Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes from thelittlekitchen.net

I know you’ll fall in love with these just like I have. I can’t wait for you to try them! Cupcakes for everyone!

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Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes Recipe

Yield: 15-16 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes



  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3.4 ounce box of instant pistachio pudding

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 egg white

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening

  • 2 pounds (1 bag) powdered sugar

  • 3 Tablespoons clear vanilla extract

  • 3-4 Tablespoons whole milk, cold



  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.

  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt and box of instant pudding. Whisk or mix together with a rubber spatula. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vegetable oil and vanilla extract and mix until well blended. While still mixing, add eggs in one at time until completely incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.

  4. Add dry ingredients and incorporate with a rubber spatula until most of the dry ingredients are moistened. This step takes seconds and it's okay if there is unincorporated flour. Add milk and mix with hand mixer or in your stand mixer using the paddle attachment on the lowest speed for 30 seconds. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix for another 20 to 30 seconds. The cake batter should be smooth except for the pistachios from the pudding.

  5. Fill cupcake liners with 1/4 cup of cake batter. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into one of the cupcakes comes out clean. (If using a 3 Tablespoon cookie scoop to portion out cupcakes, bake for about 16 to 18 minutes.)

Vanilla Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer cream together butters and shortening until well blended. Add vanilla and mix well.

  2. Add powdered sugar in two batches, in halves or thirds and mix well at low speeds. Be sure to cover the stand mixer with a clean towel or it may go everywhere. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.

  3. Add milk one tablespoon at a time and blend. Scrape down the sides of the bowl in between adding milk. Stop adding milk until you have reached the desired thickness. For thinner icing, add even more milk. Blend for 5 to 6 minutes. Store buttercream in the refrigerator when not in use.

  4. Use a decorator bag and tip to frost the cupcakes. If not frosting the cupcakes the same day, store them in a closed, airtight container and frost and serve them within 24 to 48 hours.


You can use pure vanilla extract in your buttercream but you won't be able to get a bright white icing if you do.

Cupcake Recipe from The Little Kitchen; Buttercream recipe from CakeCentral.com

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Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes from thelittlekitchen.net

68 Responses to “Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes”

  1. 41
    Jenny Flake — January 15, 2014 @ 7:58 pm

    Julie, these sound like a dream cupcake! I wanna get my hands on these asap :)


  2. 42
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — January 16, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

    I’m not even the biggest cupcake fan, but you had me at pistachio. They look amazing!


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  4. 43
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — January 18, 2014 @ 9:43 am

    I love pistachio anything, but have yet to try it in cupcake form. Love this!


  5. 44
    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — January 19, 2014 @ 12:28 am

    I just had to come say..beautiful!! Just beautiful cupcakes and the flavor combination is perfect. can’t wait to try!!


  6. 45
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — January 19, 2014 @ 1:15 am

    Absolute total perfection! Look at that swirl. You go, girl!


  7. 46
    Cupcake Daily Blog — January 19, 2014 @ 6:00 am

    Absolutely lovely!! 😉


  8. 47
    Susan @ Flavors by Four — January 19, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    I love anything pistachio. I know I will be making these.


  9. 48
    Suzanne — January 20, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

    What a beautiful shade of green! And I hear they taste great too. :)


  10. 49
    Lauryn — January 23, 2014 @ 1:51 am

    I love pistachio and this sounds perfect, for the instand pudding mix is Jell-o brand ok?


  11. 50
    Berna Garcia — January 23, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

    Hi this is Berna!

    Any substitute for the instant pistachio pudding? None of that here in the Philippines! How about the nuts? What can I prepare it as substitute?



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  14. 51
    Christine Beyersdorf — February 1, 2014 @ 9:19 am

    Num!!! I love pistachio too! Those look yummeriffic! Happy belated birthday by the way!


  15. 52
    Chantell — February 10, 2014 @ 5:33 pm

    I made these cupcakes…did not like them at all! They were very heavy and tasted like egg! I followed the recipe to a tee….sorry they are gross!


    • Julie Deily replied: February 12th, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

      Hi Chantell,

      What a bummer, I’m sorry to hear that. I can assure you these cupcakes are not gross when I make them…which has been several times or I would not have posted them. I’m sorry they didn’t turn out the way you expected. The only things I can think of is, could your eggs have gone bad (but have the wrong expiration date)? These definitely don’t taste eggy to me so I’m at a loss. Please feel free to email me to troubleshoot if you would like. Hope you have a nice night!


  16. 53
    Atticus Koizumi — March 6, 2014 @ 8:05 pm

    Did anybody make these cupcakes and they were delicious? I need them for a birthday and don’t want to risk it! Please let me know!


    • Julie Deily replied: March 6th, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

      Hi there, I have made them 3 or 4 times now and they are indeed delicious!


  17. 54
    Lauryn — March 9, 2014 @ 3:28 am

    Hi, do you think these could just be muffins? Or are they too rich to be considered so?


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  19. 55
    Juli — March 29, 2014 @ 5:45 pm

    was curious about how to adjust to add crushed pineapple to the batter?


  20. 56
    zahra — June 24, 2014 @ 11:22 pm

    I made these and I added pistachio nuts and white chocolate chips into the batter and made a honey white chocolate ganache frosting. They were a hit with my co workers! Thanks for the recipe!


  21. 57
    Kelly — September 10, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

    These cupcakes look delicious and creative!


  22. 58
    Linda Locke — February 16, 2015 @ 5:24 am

    Hi Julie thank you for the beautiful recipe.I have substituted milk to buttermilk.It is moist & yummy. Will bake them again.


  23. 59
    shreya — March 11, 2015 @ 3:20 am

    can i use homemade pistachio pudding instead of the instant mix because it isnot available where i live.. and if yes how much am i supposed to use?


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  25. 60
    Sherilyn — July 16, 2015 @ 4:03 am

    Hi there! Just a quick question. I’d like to make a 1/4 sheet cake out of your recipe. Would you recommend any changes and how long do you think I’ll need to bake it for? Please help! 😀


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