ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Incredibly Moist Pistachio Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Updated on May 9, 2013
4 stars from 13 ratings of Moist Pistatio Cake with Chocolate Sauce

The best cake for company

Bundt cakes are one of the most loved cakes, but some people including myself find the edges can be a bit dry and tasteless. This one takes only a little extra work, but it tastes moist all the way through and it has a beautiful pistachio green color that makes it a bit unique and a little bit unexpected. The color also makes it a hit for Christmas and St. Patrick's Day.

The basic recipe comes from my Plush Yellow Cake recipe and it is worth the extra time and effort making a homemade cake versus a box. This cake will also be very dense and moist so a heavy frosting is not necessary.

However, I couldn't leave a cake naked so I made a simple chocolate glaze to dress it up. I am head-over-heals in love with the combination of chocolate and pistachio. The glaze is so simple too.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 55 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 10 inch Bundt


  • 4 Cups + 2 Tablespoon Cake Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, Softened
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Buttermilk, Room Temperature
  • 4 Large eggs, Room Temperature
  • 1 Large Package Instant Pistachio Flavored Pudding
  • 1/4 cup Pistachios, Finely chopped
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Almond extract

You Can Earn Money Writing From Home on Hubpages

If you are interested in writing for Hubpages and would like to learn how you can earn money for writing content articles, recipes, DIY guides and more join me on Hubpages.

  1. Pre-heat oven and grease your Bundt pan thoroughly and evenly. Every cake pan is different depending on age and coating. I recommend after coating your pan tip it upside down over a paper towel to let excess drain. This will give your cake a more even and prettier surface.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed until fluffy, then beat in vanilla and almond extracts. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition. At low speed, beat in buttermilk and pudding mix. Slowly add flour mixture until it is all incorporated. Add chopped nuts by folding in with spatula.
  3. Pour batter into pan. Drop pan a few times on counter to even out batter in the grooves of Budnt Cake pan and to get the air bubbles out.
  4. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Because everyone's oven varies I would test cake with a wooden skewer. Remove cake and let stand for 1 hour before attempting to remove from pan.
  5. Make chocolate glaze. When cake is cool drizzle the glaze every two inches or so around cake and decorate with fresh fruit. Enjoy.


Submit a Comment

  • profile image


    4 years ago

    Nom Nom, I think your photos look great! You can see the pistachio color well. I can not wait for my daughter to make this for us! I will let you know when she does!

  • LA Elsen profile imageAUTHOR

    LA Elsen 

    5 years ago from Chicago, IL

    Thanks Peggy. This cake turns out each time and it is very easy. I do think it tastes better if you keep it in the fridge. But maybe that is just me. I like a cold cake. Thanks for the votes!

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    This looks and sounds like it would be a terrific cake recipe. A friend of ours is soon to have a birthday. Might just have to bake this for him! Thanks for your recipe. Up and useful votes.

  • schoolgirlforreal profile image


    5 years ago

    Looks delicious, been awhile since I baked anything.

  • Suzie HQ profile image

    Suzanne Ridgeway 

    5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Looks gorgeous and tasty! Thanks so much for sharing this as it looks easy to follow and the glaze really sets it off perfectly! Serious YUM factor! Voted Up, useful, shared and pinned!

  • stephhicks68 profile image

    Stephanie Hicks 

    5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Looks delicious and actually quite easy even though the cake is made from scratch. I love pistachio! Rated up and 5 stars. Best, Steph

  • LA Elsen profile imageAUTHOR

    LA Elsen 

    6 years ago from Chicago, IL

    mlowell, Thank you, the pictures did not turn out as great as it really looked at the time. I have a very very bad camera. I'm not that great a photographer when it comes to food, but I think this one looked so pretty. Thanks for reading my hub!

  • LA Elsen profile imageAUTHOR

    LA Elsen 

    6 years ago from Chicago, IL

    You're welcome caltex. It is extremely easy and a great holiday cake too.

  • caltex profile image


    6 years ago

    Chocolate and pistachio - two of my favorites! This I have to try. Thanks for sharing!

  • LA Elsen profile imageAUTHOR

    LA Elsen 

    6 years ago from Chicago, IL

    Thank you. This is a throw-back to the 1950s version with a box cake mix. I like that one as well, but this cake is very heavy and is almost a meal in itself. Serve small slices. Very filling.

  • Eiddwen profile image


    6 years ago from Wales

    Mmm a great addition to my ever expanding recipe book.

    Take care and enjoy your weekend.


  • mlowell profile image


    6 years ago from Georgia

    This looks great; I will have to try this one. Pretty pictures too, thank you for sharing.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)