Chocolate Pistachio Cupcakes

Chocolate Pistachio Cupcakes

The Story:

When people flip through the pages of my cookbook, they comment on the photos, the creative recipes and the work that must have gone into it.  But when I flip through it, I don’t see recipes.  I see all the stories behind every single photo.  I remember painting backdrops, running around the house trying to find the best lighting, hunting for props in the neighbors’ closets, and my sweet mother running out to buy a churro from Costco so that I could use it to top my churro cupcakes.  But when it came to the holiday section, I really had to get creative.  St. Patrick’s Day cupcake…. in the middle of July there wasn’t much Patties decor on the shelves.  So I did what any 10 year old at heart would do…I glued an extra leaf to a clover and called it a 4 leaf clover.

This cupcake is from my newly published cookbook!   If you like this recipe… you should just get the book.  A shameless plug for myself, I know.  🙂 [end-story]

Chocolate Pistachio Cupcakes


Chocolate Pistachio Cake:
Devil's Food Cake Mix (or chocolate)
1 3.4 oz. box pistachio pudding mix
4 eggs
1/3 C. oil
3/4 C. buttermilk
1/2 C. sour cream
1 tsp. almond extract
Chocolate Buttercream:
1 C. butter, softened
3/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. milk
3-4 C. powdered sugar
Crushed Pistachios


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix and pudding mix into a small bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl combine eggs, oil, buttermilk, sour cream and almond extract.
4. Add cake and pudding mix and stir until smooth.
5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 17-22 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
6. Chocolate Frosting: Beat butter for 2 minutes. Add cocoa powder and vanilla extract and milk. Slowly add in powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency and add more milk if needed.
7. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with crushed pistachios.

26 thoughts on “Chocolate Pistachio Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Mary Juckett says:

    Hi Lizzy,

    When will your book be out for purchase? I will get this for sure…..

  2. 2

    Ooo you should’ve totally used pistachio pudding mix!

  3. 3
    Ariel says:

    I recently made your version of this cupcake you did with the yellow cake mix, it turned out so well!! Everyone loved them at work.

  4. 4
    Sherry W says:

    I preordered your book on Amazon. It was released early and should arrive really soon. I’m looking forward to the cupcake inspiration!

  5. 5
    Rachel M says:


    My books (I purchased 2, one for me and one for my daughter) are due to arrive today. I can’t wait, I use your recipes all the time! Congrats to you on all your hard work!!!

  6. 6
    Mary Juckett says:

    Just bought it!….Thanks much…..

  7. 7
    Joy says:

    My book arrived yesterday- yay! If the cake mix (pillsbury) already comes with pudding in it, does it affect the outcome by adding an additional pudding mix to the recipe?

  8. 8

    Gluing the extra leaf is so genius!

  9. 9
    Kathy says:

    I just got a box full of your books- they are AMAZING!!! Thanks for doing them with the wire binding so they will lay flat- so nice for while cooking! And the photography is incredible, as always! Are some of the recipes new- I didn’t recognize several, but maybe I just haven’t seen all your offerings. How in the world did you choose which recipes to include? They all look so good!!! On behalf of cupcake lovers everywhere- THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!

    • 9.1

      You are so sweet! And yes a lot of the recipes are new or new photos for them. I wanted to give the book a few special recipes 🙂 If you bought them off Amazon make sure to go over and leave a review!

  10. 10
    Paula Andrion says:

    Made the Orange Creme Soda cupcakes tonight, my daughter is having a party tomorrow and she wanted to bring something special in to share with the class. Of course we had to sample them and my family loved them! We have 12 more cupcake recipes that she wants to try. I love your cookbook. I went online and stocked up on all my cupcake supplies.

  11. 11

    Congrats on your new book!! That is so awesome 🙂 You deserve every bit of the huge success that you’re going to get from it.

  12. 12
    julia says:

    very good!!! it’s beautiful!!

  13. 13

    I see you’ve added buttermilk to a box cake mix. And that is why I love you. Great recipe!

  14. 14
    Muna says:

    I made these today to take to my husband’s work…..they were deeeeeelicious and the icing tasted so chocolaty and yummy! Another fantastic recipe to keep…..THANK YOU Lizzy!!!

  15. 15
    Terri says:

    Congrats on your new book! I started a cupcake shop out of my home when I became disabled. I love your recipes even more than Martha Stewart or Betty Crocker!

  16. 16
    Christy says:

    My book arrived last week. Seriously gained weight salivating over each recipe! I have been a regular on your blog, but So happy to have my copy, love your creations and your spunk!

  17. 17
    Meredith says:

    Has anyone ever tried using plain Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream?

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    I have searched for this Chocolate Pistachio Cupcakes recipe… Thanks for your sharing!

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