Real Pistachio Cupcakes


St. Patrick would certainly give his approval. Because these cupcakes are the real deal! No pudding mixes here, just roasted pistachios. A wonderfully not-too-sweet pale green cupcake that is sure to please. Easy and quick to make, too!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
24 cupcakes


  • 1 cup roasted pistachio nut meats

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar, divided

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup cake flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 4 large eggs

  • cup milk, at room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

  2. Blend pistachios with 1/2 cup sugar in a blender until finely ground.

  3. Sift all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.

  4. Beat 1 cup sugar and butter together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat one egg at a time into the creamy butter mixture, thoroughly integrating each egg before adding the next.

  5. Stir milk and vanilla extract together in a separate bowl.

  6. Alternately stir flour mixture and milk mixture in small amounts into the butter mixture beginning and ending with the flour mixture; stir just until it comes together into a batter. Fold the ground pistachios into the batter. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups to about 2/3 full.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool in the muffin cups for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Cook's Notes:

I always triple-sift the dry ingredients together. I believe my cupcakes are lighter and more tender because of it. Give it a try!

I used 'Creamy Frosting' from this site and added 1/3 cup ground pistachios to it. After frosting, I dusted the edges of the cupcakes with more ground pistachios.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

175 Calories
9g Fat
21g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 175
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 151mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 86mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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