Pistachio Coffee Cake

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This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green inside. It is perfect for a special family breakfast but can be easily made any day of the week. This recipe uses both a boxed cake mix and a box of pudding allowing you get it into the oven quickly!

This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green inside. It is perfect for a special family breakfast but can be easily made any day of the week.

Pistachio Coffee Cake

Barbara modified an award-winning recipe from our 4-H days for this Pistachio Pudding Cake. The original recipe was actually for the microwave – maybe someday we’ll share it on here too.

Pistachio Bundt Cake has a crunchy outer layer that gives just a little chewy texture that goes great with the moist pistachio flavor inside. Add the hint of orange and all that is left is to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a big slice!

Our favorite part of pistachio pudding cake is the deliciously moist texture which comes from both sour cream and instant pistachio pudding mix.

This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green inside. It is perfect for a special family breakfast but can be easily made any day of the week.

Pistachio Bundt Cake Ingredients:

Cake Mix (white or yellow)

Instant Pistachio Pudding Mix

Sour Cream

Orange Juice

Vegetable Oil

Vanilla Extract

Eggs

Cinnamon

Sugar

Chopped Pecans

This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green color.

How to Make Pistachio Bundt Cake

Full recipe and ingredient list for pistachio coffee cake with instant pudding is found below.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease Bundt pan.
  2. Mix pecans, sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle one-third of mixture into Bundt pan. Set the rest of the nut mixture aside.
  3. Combine the rest of the cake ingredients together in large mixing bowl.
  4. Add half of batter mixture to cake pan and top with half of the remaining nut mixture. Top with remaining cake batter and add remaining nut mixture. Swirl nut mixture into cake batter using a butter knife.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting pan onto cake platter to remove.
  6. For the glaze, mix orange juice, vanilla and powdered sugar together and more over cooled cake.

This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green color.

What is the point of a Bundt Cake?

The purpose of a Bundt pan is not all about beauty.  While using a Bundt pan results in a unique round shape (think of a doughnut) with a hole in the center, it also allows the cake to make contact with the surface of the pan in many contact points. As a result, this ensures that the cake cooks evenly ensuring a moist texture.

Why put pudding mix in cake?

Instant pudding mix is the secret to an extra moist cake.  The gelatin in the mix alters the texture to make a spongy, moist cake.

How do you grease a Bundt pan?

Greasing a Bundt pan is an essential step to ensuring your cake comes out in one piece.  We recommend using shortening to grease the inside of a Bundt pan.  Take a folded paper towel, dip into shortening, and generously grease all sides of the Bundt pan, even the inside piece.  Be sure to cover all surfaces, top to bottom, inside ring and outside ring.

This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green inside. It is perfect for a special family breakfast but can be easily made any day of the week.

Notes About Pistachio Bundt Cake:

  • Be sure to grease all sides of the Bundt pan (outside and inside) with shortening to ensure it comes out of the pan easily.
  • Substitute chopped pistachios or walnuts for pecans, if desired. Or leave out the nuts if you want.
  • For a bright green color, add a few drops of food coloring to the batter.
  • When the batter goes into the pan, it appears that it’s a small pistachio cake but it will rise and expand a lot when baking.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan before flipping out onto a plate or cooling rack.
  • Before inverting, take a knife and loosen around the edges on the outside ring and the center ring.
  • The orange glaze is tasty, but optional.
  • We lovingly call this the Grinch cake and serve it Christmas morning.

This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green inside. It is perfect for a special family breakfast but can be easily made any day of the week.

Old Fashioned Coffee Cake Recipes:

Grandma’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe features a homemade cake filled with delicious rhubarb and a crunchy cinnamon sugar topping.  This will quickly become one of your favorite coffee cake recipes.

Honey Bun Coffee Cake (with cake mix)

This Honey Bun Coffee Cake recipe takes a box of yellow cake mix and adds a couple extra ingredients to turn it into a delicious breakfast or dessert treat.

Blueberry Coffee Cake

This Blueberry Coffee Cake is an old fashioned recipe that features a lightly sweetened blueberry cake with an over the top streusel topping made with butter, sugar, flour and cinnamon. 

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake is an vintage recipe that uses cocoa powder for a new spin on traditional pound cake.  This cake has a dense, moist texture that can be served up for breakfast or dessert. 

Vintage Pumpkin Cake

Vintage Spiced Pumpkin Cake is a simple recipe to follow that is big on flavor---featuring cinnamon and ground cloves.  The addition of raisins gives this pumpkin spice cake a perfect moist texture.  Serve with coffee for breakfast or add a cream cheese icing for an easy dessert option.

We created a fun smaller version of these too! Check out our Mini Pistachio Coffee Cakes.

This Pistachio Coffee Cake is easy to make and a fun surprise when cut into.

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Pistachio Coffee Cake

This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green inside. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee cake with instant pudding, pistachio bundt cake, pistachio coffee cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 257kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 15.25 oz yellow cake mix or white
  • 1 oz instant pistachio pudding mix small box
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Optional Glaze

  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease Bundt pan generously with shortening; be sure to grease the inner and outer circles.
  • Mix together pecans, sugar and cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle 1/3 of the cinnamon mixture into the greased pan; be sure to get the cinnamon mixture to coat all surfaces of the pan.
    This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green inside. It is perfect for a special family breakfast but can be easily made any day of the week.
  • Mix together cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, orange juice, vegetable oil and vanilla; add green food coloring for a darker color of green if desired.
    This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green inside. It is perfect for a special family breakfast but can be easily made any day of the week.
  • Add half of the cake batter to the pan and top with half of the remaining nut mixture.
    This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green inside. It is perfect for a special family breakfast but can be easily made any day of the week.
  • Top with the remaining cake batter and add the remaining nut mixture.
  • Use a knife to create swirls in the cake. Be sure to go around the entire cake.
    This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green inside. It is perfect for a special family breakfast but can be easily made any day of the week.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
    This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green inside. It is perfect for a special family breakfast but can be easily made any day of the week.
  • Cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a cake platter.
  • For glaze: Mix together orange juice, vanilla and powdered sugar. Pour over cooled cake.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg

This easy-to-make Pistachio Coffee Cake is not only delicious but is also pleasing to the eye with its bright green inside. It is perfect for a special family breakfast but can be easily made any day of the week.

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