Easy Pistachio Pudding Cake

Easy pistachio pudding cake is what it’s all about today. It’s a tender, flavorful cake that requires very little work to create.

Slice of easy pistachio pudding cake on white plate with remaining cake in baking dish in background.

This recipe uses only a few simple ingredients to create a cake that you’ll say is one of the best you’ve ever had. When you combine this ease of baking and delicious flavor, you get an easy pistachio pudding cake that will knock the socks off of anyone who tries it.

Whenever I need to bake a cake for any occasion, whether it’s a holiday get-together, a birthday party, or just a weekend treat for dessert after a meal, I always think of this pistachio pudding cake first.

Close up of pistachio cake on white plate.

Easy Pistachio Pudding Cake

This cake is one of those recipes that quickly become a staple in everyone’s rotation because it’s just so darn easy. It only takes a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and refrigerator to make this delicious cake, and it takes next to no time. It’s a winner all the way around!

When you bite into this cake, you’ll know immediately that it’s a recipe you’ll be making again and again. The cake is tender and moist with a bit of a spongy feel to it, and it’s so full of pistachio flavor.

The frosting has the smooth richness that we all love about Cool whip but kicked up a notch with extra richness and pistachio flavor from the pistachio pudding mix that you combine it with.

It’s one of those recipes that is so easy but tastes like it’s very involved. That’s a win because you don’t have to stay in the kitchen all day, but your guests and family will think you put in a ton of work.


Easty pistachio pudding cake on white plate with more cake in glass baking dish in background.

Cake Mix Pudding Cake

What is not to love about the easy and deliciousness of the cake mix pudding cake? We love any kind of easy desserts. Simple and easy when it comes to desserts is always a great dessert for our family.

This pistachio pudding cake is a favorite with everyone now. So we make it often. We have the ingredients in the house at all times so it works out well.

Some desserts you don’t mind spending a little bit of extra time on if you have it but sometimes that just isn’t possible. This is the perfect dessert for times like that. And honestly this cake mix pudding cake is so good there is nothing wrong with serving it for any occasion.

This retro recipe has been around forever in one form or another. I remember growing up there was always a cake mix and a pudding package being mixed together for dessert. Pistachio was always a favorite.


The ingredients for this easy pistachio pudding cake couldn’t be simpler. For the cake, all you need is 1 box of white cake mix, 1 box of pistachio pudding mix, 3 eggs, 1 cup vegetable oil, and 1 cup milk.

The frosting is even easier to make You just need 8 ounces of Cool Whip, 1 box of pistachio pudding mix, and 1/2 cup milk.

Pistachio pudding in glass baking dish.

How to Make the Cake

Once you’ve gathered up all of your ingredients, making this cake is a super simple, straight-ahead process. No fancy baking methods are involved, and you don’t need any fancy equipment.

To bake the cake, you don’t need to do anything other than combine the ingredients and beat for a couple of minutes until smooth. After that, bake it in the oven. Easy.

The frosting is equally as easy to make. Simply combine the Cool whip and pistachio pudding mix and mix until completely combined. Use milk as needed to get the consistency you want for your frosting.

Pudding layer over cake in glass baking dish.

How to Serve This Easy Pistachio Pudding Cake

This cake is so good, it stands on its own. Simply plate up a piece, and let your guests or family enjoy the delicious flavor. The temperature is what is important when it comes to serving this cake.

You should serve this pistachio pudding cake thoroughly chilled. It tastes best, and the frosting has the best consistency when it’s been chilled in the fridge for at least an hour.

Easy pistachio cake in glass baking dish.

Pistachio Pudding Cake Variations

The best thing about this easy pistachio pudding cake is that the recipe is so simple, and it’s so easy to make all kinds of delicious variations with it. If you look at the ingredients, you’ll immediately see that it lends itself perfectly to experimentation. Here’s how.

Use Different Cake Mixes

You can easily give this pistachio cake a twist by using different cake mix flavors. The baking aisle has an absolute ton of various cake mix flavors that you can experiment with.

Try chocolate cake mix for a chocolate pistachio cake. Maybe you’d like a fruity twist for your pistachio cake. If so, snag a box of strawberry cake. This cake will work with almost any cake mix from classic white, vanilla, and chocolate to more adventurous flavors like German chocolate or Funfetti mixes.

Use Different Puddings

You can try different pudding mixes in the same way that you can use different cake mixes. Any pudding mix will work well. Maybe you’d like to make a butterscotch cake. It’s as easy as getting a box of butterscotch pudding mix.

Because this easy pistachio pudding cake uses pudding mix in both the cake and the frosting, you can change the flavor of either one simply by getting a different pudding mix.

Slice of cake on white plate with baking dish full of more cake in background.

Use Different Cake Mix AND Different Pudding

If you’re feeling really adventurous, just change everything! For example, using a German chocolate cake mix and a chocolate pudding mix will give you a rich, double chocolate cake. Or why not try a vanilla cake with white chocolate pudding frosting? The possibilities really are endless.

How to Store Pistachio Pudding Cake

This easy pistachio pudding cake will last for about four days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. This pudding is made with Cool Whip and milk, so it is imperative that you store it in the refrigerator and not on the counter.

Easy Pistachio Pudding Cake FAQ

So now we know how to make this easy pistachio pudding cake, how to serve it, and how to store it. Before you go, though, read through this FAQ. It covers the highlights of what we just talked about as well as some other important points.

Q: Can I use different pudding mixes?
A: Absolutely, part of the fun of this recipe is experimenting with different puddings.

Q: Can I use different cake mixes?
A: Again, that’s a big yes. Changing the cake mix will give you a completely new product.

Q: Can I use any whipped topping?
A: You can use any whipped topping you like for this recipe. We prefer Cool Whip, but you can use any brand.

Q: Why do you add pudding to the cake mix?
A: Adding pudding to the cake mix creates a fluffy, extremely moist cake.

Q: Why is my pudding cake batter lumpy?
A: If your batter is lumpy, you didn’t mix it thoroughly enough. It’s an easy fix, just get back in there with a spoon and stir away.

Q: How long can I store my pistachio pudding cake?
A: This cake will last for about 4 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Closeup of cake on white plate.

Try this Easy Pistachio Pudding Cake

This easy pistachio pudding cake is always a winner with family and friends. It’s also SO easy and such a great recipe to play with that you’ll find yourself making more often than you thought you would.

As easy and versatile as this recipe is, there’s no reason not to give it a try. By switching out the cake mix, pudding mix, or both, you can create a completely new cake flavor if you ever get tired of pistachio, and that’s a big if!


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Easy Pistachio Pudding cake

This easy pistachio pudding cake is simple to make, and it tastes so good. This easy pistachio pudding cake is the perfect dessert any time.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings


Cake Ingredients

  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • 1 small box Pistachio Pudding Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Milk

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 8oz Cool Whip
  • 1small box Pistachio Pudding
  • 1/2 cup Milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Grease and line a 9" x 13" cake pan. Set aside.
  • Combine all of the cake ingredients together and beat for two minutes until completely smooth.
  • Fold the cake batter into the cake pan and smooth down evenly.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan.
  • Cool completely before frosting


  • To make the frosting, combine the Cool Whip and pudding mix until completely combined.
  • Add the milk, as needed, until you achieve your desired frosting consistency.
  • Spread the frosting on the cooled cake and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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  1. What size box of pudding??

    1. Hi Pam you will need 2 small boxes of pistachio pudding.