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Pistachio Swirl Cake

Pistachio Swirl Cake is so easy because it is made with a mix. This would be a great cake for St. Patrick’s Day. You could add a little green food coloring to either the frosting or the cake mix and use this pistachio swirl cake to celebrate the day.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Cake
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pistachio cake
Servings: 1 cake
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 1 15.25 ounce box yellow cake mix without the pudding
  • 1 3.4 ounce box pistachio instant pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup melted
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract could use vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped nuts of your choice (optional)

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 or 5 tablespoons milk more or less
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)


  • Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, butter and extract. Mix with mixer. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and spread the mixture in the bottom of the pan
  • In a separate bowl whisk the sugar and cinnamon together and spread over the mix. Cut the cinnamon mixture into the cake mixture with a knife by swirling it until it is all mixed in.
  • Sprinkle nuts on top. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes until center tests done. Frost with your favorite frosting or add glaze.

Glaze Instructions

  • Mix together and spread over cake