Best Ever Pistachio Pudding Cake

This Best Ever Pistachio Pudding Cake is so moist and flavourful with the perfect combination of pistachio and cream. A tender pistachio-flavoured cake is topped with a simple cream cheese frosting and crushed nuts!

Best Ever Pistachio Pudding Cake

Ingredients
For the cake:
  1. 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  2. 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  3. 100 grams pistachio pudding powder approximately one 4-serving box, don't use low fat or low sugar variety
  4. 4 eggs
  5. green gel food colouring
  6. 1 1/4 cup milk
  7. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  8. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  10. 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  11. 4 teaspoons baking powder
  12. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  13. butter and flour for greasing the cake pan

For the frosting:
  1. 8 oz (220 grams) full fat cream cheese
  2. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  3. 3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  4. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  5. 3 tablespoons half and half
  6. chopped pistachios for garnish (optional)

Instructions
  • Prepare a 9-inch by 13-inch rectangular baking pan by greasing it with butter and coating the inside of the pan evenly with a thin dusting of flour. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes).
  • Add the pudding powder and whip on high speed until incorporated.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add a tiny amount of green gel food colouring after the eggs, if desired.
  • Combine the milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl or pyrex measuring cup and whisk with a fork to combine.
  • Add the milk mixture to the butter mixture slowly, mixing well until combined.
  • Add the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt, and mix on low speed just until the batter forms and no streaks of flour appear.
  • Finish mixing by hand with a rubber spatula to be sure the batter is well combined (mixing with the electric mixer at this stage can cause over-mixing, so it's best to finish it gently by hand).