Chocolate Pistachio Cake

For St. Patrick’s Day, I was thinking about any recipes I might have that are green and I remembered one of my favorite Bundt cake recipes from the mid-1970’s for Chocolate Pistachio Cake. I had a neighbor in the apartment complex where I lived in 1975 that liked this recipe so much she would buy the ingredients for one and beg me to make it for her – and I did. I think the reason was she didn’t have a mixer?  Anyway, it’s a very moist cake and it’s good just with powdered sugar dusted over it, but today I chose to make a chocolate glaze to drizzle over it. I sprinkled pistachio nuts over the top for a little decoration, too.

Chocolate Pistachio Cake is fairly simple to prepare, which was one reason it was popular back in the day. The batter is divided and chocolate syrup is added to the remaining batter to pour on top of the batter without chocolate syrup. The result is a marbled effect of pistachio (green) and chocolate.

I believe I got this recipe off the back of a box of instant pistachio pudding mix. Jello and Royal both have produced instant pistachio pudding mix at least since the 1970’s, if not before.

The Methodology

All the ingredients except the chocolate syrup are placed into a large mixing bowl and mixed for 2 minutes.

Once the ingredients are blended the batter should be beaten for 2 minutes.

About three-fourths of the batter is poured into a greased Bundt pan or tube pan. I used a tube pan this time.

Chocolate syrup is added to the remaining batter in the mixer bowl and mixed until the batter becomes chocolatey. Then the chocolate batter is poured over the previous batter in the tube or Bundt pan. A knife or spatula can be used to swirl the batter for a marbled effect.


The cake is baked for an hour at 350°F. for an hour. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and sprinkle with powdered sugar or glaze with a chocolate glaze.

The Recipe

Chocolate Pistachio Cake
Serves 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package White or Yellow Cake Mix
  2. 1 package Instant Pistachio Pudding Mix
  3. 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  4. 1/2 cup Water
  5. 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  6. 4 Eggs
  7. 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  8. 3/4 cup Chocolate Syrup
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except chocolate syrup into a large mixing bowl. Blend to moisten, then beat for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour three-fourths of the batter into a greased Bundt pan or tube pan.
  3. Add chocolate syrup to the remaining batter. Mix well.
  4. Pour over batter in pan. For a marbled effect, swirl through batter with a knife or spatula.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour or until done.
  6. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from pan, cool on wire rack.
  8. When completely cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar or glaze with a chocolate glaze.
Notes
  1. When using a chocolate glaze to the chocolate pistachio cake, chopped or whole pistachios make a nice garnish.
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Chocolate Glaze

For the Chocolate Glaze that I used on the Chocolate Pistachio Cake, place chocolate chips, butter and light corn syrup in the top of a double boiler over hot but not boiling water.Stir the chocolate chips, butter and light corn syrup until all is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Spread warm glaze over the top of the cake, letting it drizzle down the sides. Top with chopped or whole pistachios, if desired.

Here’s the printable version of the recipe for Chocolate Glaze:

Chocolate Glaze
An easy to prepare chocolate glaze suitable for glazing Bundt cakes!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
18 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
18 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  2. 3 Tablespoons Butter
  3. 1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
  4. 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. In a double boiler over hot, but not boiling water, combine chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup.
  2. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth, then add vanilla.
  3. Spread warm glaze over top of cake, letting it drizzle down the sides.
Notes
  1. A glossy chocolate glaze to drizzle over a Bundt cake - also great on cookies and donuts.
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Sometimes retro recipes fade into the background as newer recipes come to the forefront. One of my first posts was about Sock-It-To-Me Cake, another retro recipe of the same era. If you’d like to see that recipe please click here.

Chocolate Pistachio Cake is one retro recipe that didn’t fade into the background, for me anyway! I still think it’s a very moist and delicious cake.  Try it soon for yourself!

Remember to Savor the Flavor – chocolate and pistachios!

Janet

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Comments

Chocolate Pistachio Cake – Retro Recipe — 42 Comments

  1. This recipe looks amazing. The cake looks beautiful, and that glaze. I love pistachio so I should try this one.

  2. Hi Mila, This was actually the first time I used a glaze on this cake & I really liked it plus it tasted great! Thanks for your kind comments and I hope you’ll try the cake recipe. Blessings, Janet

  3. This looks and sounds so good. I pinned it to try myself later on. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Ashley, Chocolate Pistachio cake is good enough that I’ve been making it since the 1970’s! Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  5. I love a good cake recipe and also sweet & salty combos, so this is perfect! Pinned ?

  6. I love retro recipes! And this one looks great! Thanks for sharing on the “What’s for Dinner” link up!

  7. This looks so delicious and moist! Pinning to my desserts board. Who could go wrong with chocolate and pistachios!

  8. Hi Ilka, Thanks for your comment and for stopping by! Thanks also for hosting Sunday’s Fitness Food Link-Up Party! Blessings, Janet

  9. Hi Helen, I’ve had this recipe since the 1970’s so I’ve enjoyed it a long time! Hope you get a chance to try it! Blessings, Janet

  10. Hi Angela, Thanks for your comments and for pinning the recipe, too! Hope you enjoy the cake! Blessings, Janet

  11. Your chocolate cake looks delicious, I love the idea of adding pistachios. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Hi Sarah, Adding the pistachios gave this cake the “sweet & salty” taste than so many like. Hope you enjoy it! Blessings, Janet

  13. I don’t bake desert often, but this looks soooo good. I love the pistachios on top!

  14. I can’t imagine why I’ve never made this – that must change! Such a perfect sweet treat for March!

  15. Hi Lucie, The pistachios give it the “sweet/salty” taste that so many like. Hope you enjoy it! Blessings, Janet

  16. Hi Kathryn, Hope you enjoy making and eating this cake! It’s a keeper! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  17. I love pistachios and this sounds amazing! Pinned! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

  18. Hi Danita, Glad you like the Chocolate Pistachio Cake – it’s a nice mix of sweet and salty. Blessings, Janet

  19. This looks perfectly delicious! Question: is there something I could use instead of the pudding mix?

  20. Hi Jhuls, Interesting question! I did a little research and found that there is pistachio extract available. From what I read about it you would only need to use 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon to flavor a cake. A little green food coloring could be added or you could skip it. The marbled cake would then look like white or yellow cake (whichever you use to prepare this recipe) marbled with the chocolate batter. I liked the green color for a St. Patrick’s Day dessert. There are online sources from whom to purchase pistachio extract – just google it. Hope this answers your question. Please let me know if you try the extract and how it works out. Blessings,Janet

  21. Hi Janet! Your Chocolate Pistachio Cake looks super delicious! Thanks for linking it up at the Creative Muster Party and hope you can party with us again next Tuesday at 6 pm EST. Your post is one of my #FavoritePosts this week, so it’s been shared on Twitter with my followers. ? ~Heather

  22. Hi Heather, Thanks for the compliment and for choosing my post as one of your favorite posts for the week! I’m honored! I’ll see you Tuesday and thanks for hosting! Blessings, Janet

  23. Hi Janet! I just wanted to let you know that this lovely cake was the most viewed link last week on the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-up ? I highlighted it on my post this week & included a link to your blog!

  24. Hi Angela, Thanks for featuring my Chocolate Pistachio Cake on the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-up and for highlighting it on your post & linking to my blog! I appreciate it so much! Have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  25. This is one gorgeous cake! Thanks for bringing it to our Throwback Thursday Link Party!! ?

    Mollie

  26. Hi Mollie, Thanks for the compliment and for hosting Throwback Thursday Link Party! Have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  27. This cake looks brilliant! Love the top layer with pistachios over the dripping chocolate, looks so decadent! Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday!!

  28. Your Chocolate Pistachio Cake looks divine! Hope you have a very special week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  29. Hi Miz Helen, Thanks for the compliment on the Chocolate Pistachio Cake. Happy Easter to you and yours! Blessings, Janet

  30. Hi Naina, Thanks for the kind comments regarding the Chocolate Pistachio cake! See you this week at Fiesta Friday! Happy Easter! Blessings, Janet

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