Pistachio Cupcakes Recipe

Kristan Roland | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Pistachio Cupcakes are a delightful treat for children and adults alike. Full of pistachio flavor.

When I was in elementary school, I discovered pistachio pudding. It was honestly a revelation – the buttery, smooth flavor with a hint of cherry was one of the best things I’d ever eaten.

Even the cool, green color was gorgeous, making me feel like I’d been robbed for all my years. Here I’d been settling for chocolate and vanilla, when this magical pistachio flavor existed!

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When I discovered how simple it was to make instant pudding myself, it was all over. Whisk in some milk, cover the bowl with foil, and hide in the fridge behind a head of lettuce.

Breakfast for a week!

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As a child, I was quite a snack hoarder. I remember wishing I could be like candy-hoarding Claudia Kishi of The Babysitters Club.

I’d often try to hide Twizzlers or candy bars in my room like she did, but it always lost it’s thrill. Have you ever eaten Twizzlers that sat under your mattress for two months? Not so fabulous.

I still have nothing but love for instant pistachio pudding. It’s honestly one of my favorite comfort foods, and I love trying to find new ways to work it into a dessert. 

So you can imagine my surprise when I realized that I’d never made pistachio cupcakes. How have I even been living without them for all this time? What is this madness?

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I used pistachio pudding in both the cupcakes and the frosting in this recipe, which was a stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. A splash of almond extract in the cupcake batter boosts the pistachio flavor, and the frosting is one of my favorite recipes.

It’s creamy, light, and not too terribly sweet.

If pistachio isn’t your thing, you can sub the puddings in the batter and frosting for any other flavor. Banana pudding? Cookies and cream? The possibilities are endless!

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Pistachio Cupcakes Recipe

    24 Servings


For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • 1 small box Instant Pistachio Pudding, (3.4 ounces)
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 4 large Eggs
For the Frosting:
  • 3/4 cup Milk, Cold
  • 1 small box Instant Pistachio Pudding, (3.4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 4 ounces Whipped Cream Cheese
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip, Thawed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 cupcake tins with liners and set aside.
  2. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, water, oil, and eggs in the bowl of your mixer.
  3. Beat on low for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for 2 minutes.
  4. Fill prepared cupcake tins 2/3 full, and bake for about 15 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched in the center.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, pudding, and powdered sugar until thick and smooth. 
  7. Whisk in cream cheese until fully blended, then fold in Cool Whip. 
  8. Place in the refrigerator for an hour to firm.


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Author: Kristan Roland
Recipe Yields: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cupcake
Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 98
Calories 250

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g
  Saturated Fat 5g
Sodium 299mg
Total Carbohydrate 29g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 10g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kristan Roland

About Kristan

Kristan is known for her candy creations and hilarity on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. We know where her true genius is, though: fanciful fanatical cupcake and cake creations!

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