Monday, March 12, 2012

Chocolate Pistachio Cake

When our daughter was in high school, she worked in a darling gift shop.  One of the ladies there told me about this delicious cake and she promptly gave me the recipe.  I've been making it for St. Patrick's Day ever since.  This year, I decided to make it into mini bundt cakes.  That way I can share a few or freeze several to have on hand, when I need a quick dessert or gift.  Here's the recipe:

1 box white cake mix (without pudding)
1 box instant pistachio pudding mix                       
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. orange juice
4 eggs
3/4 c. chocolate syrup

Mix together the cake mix, pudding, oil,  water, orange juice and eggs and beat with mixer on low for 30 seconds and then on medium for 2 minutes.  Pour 3/4 of the batter into a greased & floured 10" tube or bundt pan.

Into remaining 1/4 batter, add 3/4 cup chocolate syrup.  Mix and pour over top of other batter.   Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean). 

Cool on wire rack.  Remove from pan.  You can sprinkle with powdered sugar or make a chocolate glaze.

Note:  I made 10 mini bundts, but 11-12 would be better, as mine were rather full!!  I baked them for about 30 minutes.
All glazed!
Chocolate Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar
2 T. cocoa powder
1 T. soft butter
1/2 t. vanilla
2-4 T. milk

In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, cocoa and butter.  Add vanilla & add milk gradually to achieve desired consistency & stir until smooth.
Excuse me while I have a bite!  I'll save you one!
Here's yours in my cloche!!

I am sharing this with:

Mix It Up Monday!
On the Menu Monday
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Tea Party Tuesday
Table Top Tuesday
Your Cozy Home Party
Crazy Sweet Tuesday
Rock 'n Share Party
Mrs. Fox's Sweets Party
Full Plate Thursday
Thriving on Thursdays
Kathleen's 4th St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl
Foodie Friday
Pink Saturday
Sweets for Saturday
Link 'n Greet Party
Seasonal Sundays


  1. Kitty these look so good! I love how you've made them into sweet little cakes, yum! xxoo

  2. Gorgeous little cakes - SO yummy!
    mary x

  3. Hello dear Kitty,
    Thanks so much for your sweet words - it was so nice to see you after all this time:)Hope you and your family are doing well!The cake looks scrumptious, specially with the pistachios in it!Lovely recipe and thanks so much for sharing!

  4. They sound really good, love the chocolate marbling:@)

  5. Oh this looks soooooooooo good. I am trying so hard to diet, not very good at it. I love sweets. This look perfect under your wonderful stemmed cloche. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  6. how yummy kitty, I love chocolate and pistachio's - win win! I hope the leprechaun brings you some gold!

  7. oh yum..a St Patricks Day celebration with that cake!!!

  8. Hi Kitty, This recipe looks so good that it has to be delicious. With the ingredients I know it will be moist and tasty. I'm going to try this recipe so I'm bookmarking this one. Thanks Kitty.
    Happy Spring!

    The French Hutch

  9. Absolutely delish even in looks.

    TY a mill Kitty for sharing. I will try your recipe, this coming days.

    I will be your new follower and I will be linking you to my foodie blog.


  10. Kitty, This is the best looking St. Patrick's Day dessert I have seen, must be delicious!

  11. Kitty - what a wonderful recipe and terrific idea to bake the smaller cakes to have on hand. I really love the addition of orange juice - pinning this for now! So glad you shared.

  12. There are only 3 of us living in my house now, so we sometimes make mini cakes to enjoy when we are dying for sweets too. Your cake recipe sounds really yummy, especially since I love pistachio pudding. Thanks for sharing your recipe at my party so all of us can try it!

  13. Holy cow, Miss Kitty! I MUST make these!!!!! Love and hugs.

  14. Oh...I almost missed my little cake in the cloche! I'll be right over to eat it! xo

  15. Wonderful looking cakes!
    I wish I could have one or two to eat now

  16. Now you've done it...I love pistachio cake and now you've gone and added chocolate to it! Great...really, I mean great! They look dee-lish! Thanks for sharing at the Rock 'N Share!

  17. Pistachios seem a good match for St. Patrick's day. This looks delicious. I love chocolate and orange. I'll have to try this recipe.

  18. Oh my gosh. I would give anything to have one of these cakes in front of me right now. :o) They look incredible and so moist. Definitely a keeper!

  19. These sound so delicious Kitty. Unfortunately, here in rural Nova Scotia Canada, pistachio pudding is not often found. But now my eyes are peeled, and I'll scoop up a few boxes next time I do see them.

  20. What a great St. Patrick's Day treat, it looks wonderful. I just love your presentation, very nice! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    Miz Helen

  21. They are adorable! Thanks again for linking up, Kitty!

  22. I remember this recipe from the 70's, I think! It is delicious and I had forgotten about it. I'm so glad you reminded me :)

  23. Oh goodness, am I craving a piece of each of this goodies, they look heavenlyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for the great recipes! Have a terrific week.

  24. Oh goodness, am I craving a piece of each of this goodies, they look heavenlyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for the great recipes! Have a terrific week.

  25. Oh, Kitty, your little bundts are adorable! I thought I recognized this recipe. I baked and posted from a recipe I got from another blogging friend last year. It IS yummy. Yours looks so festive served in the pretty compote dish. Sweet!

  26. These look delicious and they're so cute too! I love pistachio so I'll be making them soon. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  27. This looks so amazing! I do not know how you keep from eating them all.


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