Pistachio Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

This recipe was kind of a last minute thought.  I had to throw together a sweet treat for a co-workers birthday last week and realized I didn't have much time.  I had gotten my kids in bed and it was becoming late.  I knew I had a cake mix in the pantry, but what should I do with it?  Then I remembered I had a box of pistachio pudding in the cabinet...the rest is history.  And a new recipe that I will make over and over.

(printable recipe) 

18 cupcakes:
1 box of yellow cake mix & all ingredients that it calls for
1 box of pistachio pudding mix
few drops of green food coloring 
1/2 c. pecans, chopped
  1. Combine cake mix and it's ingredients as packaging instructs.
  2. Add in pudding mix and combine well. Mix in a few drops of green food coloring to enhance the pistachio pudding color. 
  3. Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full with batter.
  4. Bake as directed on cake mix packaging.** may need to bake a few extra minutes, the pudding makes batter extra moist
  5. Cool and frost.  Top with pecans.
Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Blend cream cheese and butter with mixer until creamy.
  2. With the mixer on low, slowly add sugar, scraping down the sides of the bowls as needed. 
  3. Add vanilla and increase mixer speed to medium. Blend until frosting is fluffy.  

    Source:  cupcakes "mooched" from www.shewearsmanyhats.com, frosting "mooched" from Martha Stewart

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  1. Mmmm! I have a pistachio cake recipe handed down from my great-grandmother, and it's delicious! I love the addition of cream cheese frosting - yum!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Patricia. They have become one of my new favorites.

  2. I saw this in Savvy Southern Style. They are so pretty, and sound delicious. I am now following via GFC. Patsy

    1. Patsy, thanks so much for following my blog. I really appreciate it. I'm having fun...lots more great easy recipes to come!!

  3. It looks wonderful, and it's quite unite combination of flavors - I like that!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Winnie. Many more great easy recipes to come!!

  4. Yum, these look delicious! Love the combination of flavors. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a great weekend.


    1. Thanks, Michelle. Looking forward to another great link party!!

  5. Featured your yummy looking cupcakes tonight at Project Queen's Highlight Party. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much for the feature. I really appreciate it. Looking forward to sharing many more recipes.

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  7. Very clever idea! Great for St. Patrick's time too. Carrie, amothersshadow.com


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