Chocolate Pistachio Cupcakes

The Story:

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up!  I know everyone is doing mint things to get some green in their desserts, and that’s fabulous.  Check out my Andes Mint cupcakes or my Chocolate Mint Cupcakes, they are great.  But, if you want an excuse to make something a little more daring, try pistachios.[end-story]

Chocolate Pistachio Cupcakes

Yield: 24-30 cupcakes

Chocolate Pistachio Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cake:
1 box White or Yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 oz) box pistachio instant pudding
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup sour cream
Chocolate Buttercream:
3/4 cup butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3-4 cups powdered sugar

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pan with cupcake liners.
2. Sift your cake mix into a small bowl to remove any lumps. Add pudding mix and stir.
3. In a separate bowl, gently whisk eggs, buttermilk, oil almond extract and sour cream.
4. Add your cake mix/pudding and stir until well combined.
5. Fill liners 1/2 full (these rise a lot) and bake for 16-20 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
6. Buttercream: Beat butter and cream cheese for 3 minutes. Scrape the bowl as needed. Add vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Slowly add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. If you want it to be more chocolatey, add more cocoa. If the buttercream becomes too stiff, add 1 tablespoon milk.
7. Pipe buttercream onto cooled cupcakes and top with pistachios.

19 thoughts on “Chocolate Pistachio Cupcakes

  1. 1

    I want these for breakfast. Is that bad?!

  2. 2
    Becky says:

    Oh, yum! Wow, I can’t wait to give these a go – I ADORE pistachios! Thanks so much for sharing these beauties! :) (And for doing something non-mint related for St. Patricks lol!)

  3. 3

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  4. 4
    Jessica says:

    I really love your blog! My husband has a sweet tooth, so we will be checking it out much more often! Of course, we need to get a few supplies to start making your cupcake recipes, but I plan to make cupcakes my fun summer project after I finish school in April!!

  5. 5
    Fatima says:

    I will make this recipe this weekend…thinking on changing the flavor…how about Jello but raspberry?? I will post my results. What piping tip is this? I LOVE YOUR WORK…I being following you since last year but I can not catch on with you…I am waiting for RED VELVET!! I believe you are allergic to red dye..can u use gloves? please do not make us suffer!!!!!!!!!!

  6. 6

    This is one of the most gorgeous cupcake photos I’ve ever seen. I feel like I can taste them from here!

  7. 7
    S Young says:

    Love the Pistachio recipe as it reminds me of my son. His favorite was always anything Pistachio. Wish he lived closer as I know he would want his share of these.

  8. 8
    Samantha says:

    Hi, All the recipes look yummy! I noticed you always put sour cream in the cake mix batter. What does this do? Do you have a preferred brand of cake mix?

  9. 9
    Aurelia says:

    Beautiful combho of pistachio green and chocolate brown!

  10. 10

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  11. 11

    [...] Chocolate Pistachio Cupcakes are an intense and delicious cupcake. The amazing part is that these begin with boxed cake mix and boxed instant pudding, but with the addition of 4 eggs, buttermilk, and almond extract these taste as rich and homemade as from scratch. Topped with homemade chocolate cream cheese buttercream frosting, the flavor is over the top. The light green color is a party planners delight for themed events. Source Your Cup of Cake [...]

  12. 12

    [...] Chocolate Pistachio Cupcakes are an intense and delicious cupcake. The amazing part is that these begin with boxed cake mix and boxed instant pudding, but with the addition of 4 eggs, buttermilk, and almond extract these taste as rich and homemade as from scratch. Topped with homemade chocolate cream cheese buttercream frosting, the flavor is over the top. The light green color is a party planners delight for themed events. Source Your Cup of Cake [...]

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    Rachel says:

    Hey! I’ve made a few of your recipes now and they are all awesome! Adding a few ingredients to the cake mix really helps! But on a few recipes I find that the cupcakes are sinking in the middle instead of staying nice and puffy… Do you know why this might be happening? It happened with this one and raspberry lemonade… :/

    • 13.1

      That can happen for a lot of reasons… I always use pillsbury cake mixes, so make sure you use those. Also, it it just mean that the bottom of your oven cooks hotter than the top. But remember that fallen cupcakes still taste great, it only effect their look.

      • Rachel says:

        Yes they definitely still taste amazing! I do use pillsbury like you said in another post, i tend to get more out of it and it seems more moist! Thanks for the heads up about my oven!

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    Cheryl says:

    Can a gluten free cake mix be used?

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