Pistachio Double Pudding Cake

When I told my daughter I was making a pistachio cake, and that it would be green, she was extremely confused.

Cake that tastes like pistachios? Green cake? Huh?

I just told her it’s a retro kind of cake. People used to make pistachio cakes all the time, at least in my childhood memories there are lots of them, and since I had never made one, it was time to change that.

The cake is easy and infused with plenty of pistachio flavor. It’s super soft and moist thanks to a box of instant pistachio pudding that’s added to a box of yellow cake mix. I love shortcuts.

Club soda is another secret weapon added to the batter that helps the cake stay light and moist.

The creamy, fluffy frosting that I wanted to eat by the spoonful includes another box of pistachio pudding that’s mixed with whipped topping.

If you don’t have pudding mix, cake mix, or whipped topping in your area or are opposed to using them, this probably isn’t the recipe for you because I can’t speak to the results if you don’t use them.

And the glorious pistachios garnishing the cake. So good.

Pistachio Double Pudding Cake

This retro cake is easy and infused with plenty of pistachio flavor. It’s super soft and moist thanks to a box of instant pistachio pudding that’s added to a box of yellow cake mix. The creamy, fluffy frosting includes another box of pistachio pudding that’s mixed with whipped topping.

Did you make this recipe?




  • one 3.4-ounce box instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup cold milk (must be cow’s milk; not soy, almond, cashew, etc. or pudding won’t set up)
  • one 8-ounce container whipped topping, thawed (I used fat free)
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios (I used salted), for garnishing


  1. Cake – Preheat oven to 350F and spray a 12-cup Bundt pan very well with floured cooking spray or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. To a large bowl, add all ingredients and beat with a handheld electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds and then beat on high until well blended and combined.
  3. Turn batter out into prepared pan and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until done. A toothpick inserted should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs but no batter. Allow cake to cool in pan for about 10 to 15 minutes before inverting onto a cake stand or platter. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting it so the frosting doesn’t melt.
  4. Frosting – To a large bowl, add the pudding mix, milk, and beat with a handheld electric mixer on medium-high speed until combined and it begins to thicken; about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Add the whipped topping and beat to incorporate, about 2 minutes. Evenly add frosting to the cake. I just added it to the top but you can spread it down the sides and center if desired.
  6. Evenly garnish with pistachios and serve immediately. Cake will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Cake base adapted from Tablespoon

Only Eats

Related Recipes

Caramel Cream Poke Cake – A creamy caramel mixture soaks into soft yellow cake before being topped with whipped cream and more caramel! An easy cake that’s a guaranteed winner!

Sweet Cream Vanilla Coffee Cake – You’ll never guess what special ingredient keeps this fast & easy cake so soft and moist!

The Best Tres Leches Cake –  Soft, tender, and soaked with three milks! It just melts in your mouth and it’s the BEST tres leches cake ever!! You need to try this AMAZING cake!!

Better-Than-Anything Peanut Butter Cake – A peanut butter lovers dream: PB, PB chips, and PB cups! An easy, no-mixer poke cake that’s drenched with caramel to keep it super moist! Lives up to it’s name and tastes amazing!


Buttery Crumb Coffee Cake – A soft, fluffy cake with cinnamon-brown sugar streusel CRUMBS and a perfectly sweet glaze!! An easy coffee cake that’s perfect for brunch, holidays, or anytime you’re craving cake!

Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Bean Browned Butter Glaze – You won’t miss chocolate at all after trying this cake! The glaze is just heavenly!

Easy Yellow Cake with Buttercream Frosting – If you’ve never made a scratch cake, try this one!! Fast, easy, foolproof, one bowl, and tastes so good! It’s a keeper!

Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake –  Move over storebought cake mix!! This easy cake only takes minutes to make and tastes wayyyy better!