Pistachio Loaf

Pistachio LoafIt all started with a visit to my parents house.  I noticed a green cake on the counter… intriguing.  I had to try it; it was SO good that I continued to try it until I had eaten three pieces in the five minutes I had been there.  My mom offered to write down the recipe for me, but I kindly declined.  I can’t make something like this and keep it at home…I have NO self control.  Well, I  regretted that decision almost immediately and that delicious, pale green, cake-like loaf has been haunting my taste buds ever since!Pistachio Loaf
St Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to make this wonderfully addicting treat and just as you may have guessed I would, I gave in and had my mom copy down the recipe for me last week.

Pistachio Loaf

The recipe is from a local newspaper (my mom couldn’t remember which), so I’m not sure where it came from originally.  It was actually titled pistachio bread, but it is very cake-like so I prefer to call it pistachio loaf.  You could (and maybe should) use chopped pistachios, but I used chopped walnuts because that’s what I had in my pantry.  I dusted these loaves with powdered sugar, but a simple vanilla glaze would be magnificent as well.Pistachio Loaf

I can’t tell you how much I love this, but I can try.  This recipe gets bonus points because my picky eater husband liked it too!  The delicate, moist center of this pistachio loaf is complimented perfectly by a sweet and slightly crisp crust.  It is soft and springy, sweet and has the perfect pistachio flavor.  I added two drops of green food coloring to enhance the green color and make it a bit more festive, but it is still a pale green without it.  It is SO delicious!

Pistachio Loaf

Pistachio Loaf

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 2 8x4 loaves, 1 9x5 loaf


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 3.4 oz. box pistachio pudding
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease/butter and flour two 8x4 loaf pans or one 9x5 loaf pan.
  2. Mix all ingredients until well-blended.
  3. Pour into pans.
  4. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and allow to cool completely.

Pistachio Loaf


27 thoughts on “Pistachio Loaf

    • Thanks, Liz! I actually don’t really like pistachios themselves all that much, but I looove pistachio-flavored foods!

  1. Well, Elise, it looks like I’m going to have to go through your whole blog and start pinning everything in site!!!!! LOL This bread looks scrumptious.

    P.S. Now that you have switched over your blog to being self-hosted you may want to go into the settings and de-select the option where your readers have to sign in every time to comment on your blog. It would sure make it easier on us not to have to do this every time. Thanks for your consideration. Teresa…..

    P.S.S. Still LUV your stuff!!!! Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks Teresa, you’re too kind! I went into my settings, and that box isn’t clicked (only the name/email one is)…let me know if it’s still requiring it and I’ll try to figure out how to fix it!

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    • Aw, thanks Joan! I’m very flattered that you will be featuring my post! :) Thanks for stopping by to let me know!

  3. wowww I LOVE pistachios it is easy to make from your recipe I am going to try it =)

    • :) Happy to hear that, Victoria! It really is so simple, almost too easy not to try! Let me know what you think if you do!

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  5. This is delicious! I made it today. I added some Craisins and it was yummy. I’m thinking about chocolate chips next time. Just a question- what is a 3/5 oz. box of pudding? The box I bought was 3.5 oz. and I used about half of it.


  6. This recipe is wonderful. I made the bread yesterday and it came out great- so moist and delicious. I added dried cranberries and want to try it with chocolate chips next time. Just a question- what is a 3/5 oz. box of pudding? The box I found is 3.4 oz. I didn’t use the whole thing for fear the bread wouldn’t turn out right. I used about half. Thanks for this recipe; I can’t wait to try it again and again….

    • Thanks, Katie! :) I’m so glad you liked it; it’s definitely one of my favorite recipes! It should read 3.4 oz , I’ll update that right away!

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  8. Hi,

    do you know if you could use a cake mix that already has pudding in the mix—and then add pistachio pudding powder into it as well?

    • I don’t think that would be a problem, but I haven’t personally tried it with this recipe. I have added pudding to cake mixes that have pudding in the mix for regular cakes and haven’t had a problem, though. The additional pudding may make the loaf more dense and moist, but I think it would be just fine!

  9. Hi
    Please could u tell me where to get pistachio pudding from
    I’ve been to 3 major supermarkets and none of them stock it

    I really would like to make this

  10. I made a ton of this as Christ,as gifts last year. Made it in a mini four loaf pan and it’s easy and fabulous. This is also such a quick easy recipe because it can be thrown together so quick in one mixer and no forethought of softening butter! Thank you for this!