31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Christmas Wreath Pistachio Cake

Oh boy, have I got a treat for you today! I am very excited to share this recipe and idea with you!Christmas Wreath Pistachio Cake: 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

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!

Christmas Wreath Pistachio Cake: 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

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.

Christmas Wreath Pistachio Cake: 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

The recipe is at the bottom of this post, but I’ve got a couple of tips to help you with this cake!

Helpful Info

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.

Christmas Wreath Pistachio Cake: 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

 

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.

Christmas Wreath Pistachio Cake: 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

Thanks for the inspiration Taylor

 

I see you’re not sold yet.  Maybe this will help…

Christmas Wreath Pistachio Cake: 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

Still not convinced?  What if I told you this is an Award Winning Cake?

Christmas Wreath Pistachio Cake: 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

Our Christmas Wreath Pistachio Cake won second place at our local Christmas Bake-off 🙂

I really hope you give this recipe a try! Maybe it’ll become a family tradition like it is in our family.  Let us know how much you love it here, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

 

Christmas Wreath Pistachio Cake

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Glaze:
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • green food coloring

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan VERY WELL!
  2. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water, almond extract, green food coloring, and butter/oil.
  3. Spoon out about 1/3 of the mix in a separate bowl. Add the chocolate syrup to this portion of the cake batter.
  4. Pour your green cake batter into the pan, then make a well with the back of a spoon.
  5. Pour the chocolate portion of the batter into the well.
  6. Bake for 45-60 minutes.
  7. Let cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then flip out onto a plate or cooling rack.
  8. 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.
  9. Pour or brush glaze all over cake, then top with your colored shredded coconut.
  10. Embellish with red M&Ms, red Fruit by the Foot, sprinkles, or any other Christmas decorations.
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2 Comments

  1. Wow, this cake sounds great and looks awesome.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon party,
    Bev

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