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If you like Dr. Seuss's the Grinch who Stole Christmas, you'll love Grinch's Mini Pistachio Coffee Cakes perfect for Christmas breakfast, brunch or dessert.
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Grinch's Mini Pistachio Coffee Cakes

These Mini Pistachio Coffee Cakes are easy to make and perfect for a special occasion like brunch, Christmas breakfast or even St. Patrick's Day!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mini pistachio coffee cakes, pistachio coffee cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 399kcal
Author: Barbara


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


  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-4 Tablespoons milk
  • Maraschino cherries optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease mini Bundt cake pan generously with shortening.
  • Mix together pecans, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle 1 Tablespoon into each mini Bundt crevice.
  • Mix together cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, orange juice and vanilla in a mixing bowl; add green food coloring until it reaches your desired color of green (we used 12 drops).
  • Fill each Bundt crevice with 2 -3 heaping Tablespoons of cake batter.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes; invert to release cakes.
  • For glaze: Mix together confectioners sugar, vanilla and milk until desired consistency. Drizzle over cakes. Fill Bundt center with 1-2 Maraschino cherries if desired.


  • We used a mini bundt cake pan to make them dainty and so cute!
  • The trick to a moist cake is instant pistachio pudding
  • Be sure to cover the cracks and crevices of the individual Bundt pans with shortening and then the cinnamon/nut mix.
  • These make the perfect breakfast or brunch item for Christmas morning or for a holiday party treat.
  • Don't want to take the time to make individual cakes, try our Pistachio Coffee Cake.


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 1mg