Monday, March 15, 2021

Wee Irish Cottages (Chocolate Pistachio Cake)

Welcome to my St. Patrick's Day Tea! Won't you join me for some Chocolate Pistachio Cake and a cup of Barry's Irish Breakfast Tea?


This cottage teapot is one of my very favorites to use. 

The delicate Belleek teacup is so charming, isn't it?

My late beloved mom made this necklace for me, as she loved to make jewelry as a hobby.

You can choose a little cottage from my cake stand.

The Nordic Ware pan is called Cozy Village, and it's fun to use not only for St. Paddy's Day, but for Christmas time, too.  

I have my Irish Blessings Journal to look at from when my late beloved and I went to our dream vacation to Ireland in September of 2009.  I also have a photo album filled with memories of our trip of a lifetime.  At this time of the year, a fresh Oxalis (shamrock) plant is needed to grace my home. 

Yield: 1 bundt cake
Author: Kitty
Chocolate Pistachio Cake

Chocolate Pistachio Cake

I made 7 mini cottages and four mini bundt cakes from this recipe, which is one of my very favorite bundt cake recipes.


  • 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


  1. Mix together the cake mix, pudding mix, oil, orange juice and the eggs, and beat with mixer on low for 30 seconds and then on medium for 2 minutes. 
  2. Pour 3/4 of the batter into a greased & floured 10" tube or bundt pan.
  3. Into remaining 1/4 batter, add 3/4 cup chocolate syrup, and mix.
  4. Pour over top of other batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean).
  5. Cool on wire rack. Remove from pan. You can sprinkle with powdered sugar, or even make a chocolate glaze, if you'd like.


I baked the little cottages for about 25 minutes, and the mini bundts for about 30 minutes.

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Thank you for joining me for tea today.  Happy St. Patrick's Day to  you!  xo

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  1. How sweet are those little house pans and the Chocolate Pistachio cakes baked in them look delicious. Perfect for a St Patrick's tea party. The necklace your mum fashioned for you is beautiful. Love the little shamrock bead/stone. Enjoy your day, Kitty, as you pour tea from the pretty house teapot and bring to mind all those beautiful memories of your trip to Ireland with your beloved husband, all those years ago.

  2. Kitty, I would love to join you for some Irish Breakfast tea and one of your delicious Chocolate Pistachio Cakes! How smart to use your Village Pan to make a wee Irish village to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Your cake recipe sounds so interesting and yummy too with the addition of the pistachio pudding, orange juice and chocolate syrup. I love your sweet teapot and necklace your mom made too. ♥

  3. what an absolutely beautiful table setting. on this cold, frosty morning, i'm enjoying this lovely, welcoming vingnette!

  4. Oh, yum! Your cake sounds delicious and the wee cottages are just too cute! You have set a charming tea table, Kitty. I LOVE the teapot and the Belleek cup and saucer is very sweet. The necklace is very pretty and a lovely gift from your mom. I'm a big fan of green so I have really enjoyed your posting today. Happy St. Patrick's Day, Kitty! Hugs...Sandi

  5. I once had that same Nordic pan! Loved it but somehow it was lost during a move. Your tea is delightful, the decorations are just perfect, too. How nice to have a four-leaf clover necklace from your mother's hands, what a treasure.

  6. I like the little house cakes and the pistachio cake too. I hope you have a nice St. Patrick's Day and week Kitty.

  7. Another charming tea time! I've always wanted a Belleek and I'd love to have a slice of the chocolate pistachio cake.

    Happy St. Paddy's Day!

  8. CUTEST post, Kitty! I love your sweet Irish cottages cakes and your entire tea vignette about Ireland. I love you've been there- what a great place, isn't it?

    Sure would love to go back.


  9. That cake sounds delicious! Pinned.

  10. A teapot and cakes in the shapes of little houses make such a pretty setting for St. Patrick's Day. Ireland is a place we'd love to visit one day. I'm glad you were able to visit with your beloved.

  11. Oh how cute Kitty! I love your village cake pan, how much fun! The pistachio cake sounds wonderful and the teapot is adorable! Happy St. Patrick's Day! ☘️

  12. I would love one of the village cake pans because your little cakes are adorable!

  13. Kitty, I love this week's celebration station for St. Patrick's Day. Isn't it wonderful how photos can transport us to the reliving the memories of our best times? Your journal from Ireland is very special. I never tire of hearing of others' trips to Ireland. I hope someday to go when traveling that far feels safe. The village pan really makes this a fun display.

  14. Those cake pans are adorable, and the chocolate pistachio recipe sounds delicious!

  15. Kitty, I love those little cottage cakes! How lovely that you have these special ways of reflecting on memories of the grand trip with your beloved. Happy Spring!

  16. What a lovely St Patrick's tea party.
    Lovely photographs.

    All the best Jan

  17. Such a lovely post Kitty. I love the cottage theme, your teapot is darling. Love the tea cakes, so sweet and I'm sure they were delicious. The necklace is so special and a treasured piece. I loved seeing it. Hope your St. Patrick's Day was nice. We spent ours hiding from tornados. Thankful they missed us. Hope you have a wonderful weekend Kitty.......

  18. Sweet post to commemorate sweet memories, Kitty! Love your cottage tea pot and little cakes, and the necklace is a lovely keepsake from your Mom. The pistachio cake sounds yummy. Hope you are seeing some signs of spring after your terrible winter. Sending hugs xo Karen

  19. Such sweet memories you have attached to your photos and belongings! And, the cake looks wonderful! God bless you, sweet friend.

  20. Such a sweet (pun intended) and delightful post from your kitchen once again. ALL your photos just bring a smile and the recipe sounds wonderful. I so love the addition of orange juice. Thanks for sharing dear friend. XO

  21. I love your Cozy Village. I have the Nordic Ware duet pans which has 2 houses that I always make at Christmas but I love your idea of using them for St. Patrick's Day too! Almost time to get out my Bunny Cakelet pan from Nordic Ware :) Love all of your Irish decor and especially that necklace from your mother! ♥

  22. Those are adorable. You have such cute collectables.

  23. Somehow I missed this sweet post. How cute the teapot is and those wee little houses are delightful. A beautiful keepsake from your mom is so precious. Happy Spring Kitty.


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