Oh boy, have I got a treat for you today! I am very excited to share this recipe and idea with you!
This is a pistachio cake – it’s kind of uncommon (I actually hadn’t heard of it until I met Matt). Matt’s grandmother used to make these for he and his brother’s birthday every year and they absolutely LOVE it. Nowadays she doesn’t bake much anymore, but I got passed down the recipe and now it’s our family tradition too. Normally we just make this as a bundt cake with a sugar glaze on top, but the shape of it just lent itself to being turned into a Christmas Wreath cake. It’s quick and easy to put together and makes a stunning gift or dessert for any Christmas get together!
Anytime I show up with this cake in hand, I end up going home with an empty plate. It’s so rich and moist, I promise you’re going to love it! I’m the third generation to make this, so it’s a family tradition to have it every Christmas.
The recipe is at the bottom of this post, but I’ve got a couple of tips to help you with this cake!
First of all, after you’ve made both of your cake batters, you’ll need to make a well in the green batter you’ve already added to your pan. You’re basically going to use the back of a spoon to just push an indentation (kind of like a trench) around the entire circumference of the cake.
Secondly, it’s really easy to make green shredded coconut! Just put about a cup of shredded coconut in a resealable container and add a few drops of green food coloring. Then shake it reeeeaaal good.
I see you’re not sold yet. Maybe this will help…
Still not convinced? What if I told you this is an Award Winning Cake?
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 box pistachio pudding mix
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup butter or vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup chocolate syrup
- green food coloring
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- green food coloring
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan VERY WELL!
- In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water, almond extract, green food coloring, and butter/oil.
- Spoon out about 1/3 of the mix in a separate bowl. Add the chocolate syrup to this portion of the cake batter.
- Pour your green cake batter into the pan, then make a well with the back of a spoon.
- Pour the chocolate portion of the batter into the well.
- Bake for 45-60 minutes.
- Let cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then flip out onto a plate or cooling rack.
- As cake cools, combine ingredients for glaze. Make sure the consistency isn't too watery. Add as much powdered sugar as it takes for it to be thick enough.
- Pour or brush glaze all over cake, then top with your colored shredded coconut.
- Embellish with red M&Ms, red Fruit by the Foot, sprinkles, or any other Christmas decorations.