Rustic Strawberry Pistachio Cake

Rustic Strawberry Pistachio Cake This strawberry pistachio cake is simply phenomenal.  I absolutely love the simple, rustic look, with just a dusting of powdered sugar.  It doesn’t just look great though, this cake tastes divine!  The delicate pistachio flavor combined with fresh strawberries and crunchy pistachios will make anyone’s mouth water.  Rustic Strawberry Pistachio Cake

I had a package of pistachio pudding in the pantry begging to be used.  I was planning on making these salted pistachio pudding cookies, but when I saw that strawberries were buy one get one, it was decided for me.  I can’t resist a good sale and I didn’t want to risk the strawberries going bad.  That would have been a shame, so the cookies will have to wait until next time!  I started with the recipe for my delicious pistachio loaf, added strawberries and baked it in two 9-inch rounds. Rustic Strawberry Pistachio Cake

Now, my pistachio loaf is really good…we’re talking REALLY good.  It is always a crowd-pleaser and I often am asked for the recipe.  Everyone loves it, but the fresh strawberries really brought it to the next level.  I was drooling just smelling this cake bake and then I took the first bite, full of tender and moist strawberries.  I was ooh-ing and ahh-ing like it was the fourth of July.Rustic Strawberry Pistachio Cake

The cake rose a bit more than I had expected, so my strawberries got a little enveloped by the cake.  If you plan to make this lovely cake, I recommend only gently placing the strawberries on top.  You could also try baking it for ten minutes or so, quickly adding the strawberries, and continuing to bake.  You could even leave the halved strawberries out completely and just sprinkle the cake with more chopped pistachios.Rustic Strawberry Pistachio CakeRustic Strawberry Pistachio Cake

Rustic Strawberry Pistachio Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 3.4 oz. box instant 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 pistachios
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 7 strawberries, sliced in half

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Whisk together cake and pudding mixes. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well-blended.
  3. Fold in nuts and chopped strawberries.
  4. Pour batter into cake pans. It will be thick and you may need to spread it with a spatula. Gently place halved strawberries on top. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.
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Pistachio Loaf