Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cake

Feb 27

Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cake – pistachio cake layers with mini chocolate chips and a lime cream cheese frosting.

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A couple years ago, the kids and I made a Lucky Charms cake for St. Patrick’s Day. While they didn’t love the idea of me taking all the marshmallows out of the cereal for the cake, they certainly loved helping make the cake and eat it!

Underneath all the marshmallows was a light and fluffy pistachio cake with an almond buttercream. I distinctly remember liking the cake, but not loving the cake. It ended up being more fun to make than to eat.

I love the idea of a pistachio cake, but feel like I missed the mark on it last time and wanted to redeem myself.

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Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cake

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to reinvent this cake. One of the things I wanted to add was finely ground pistachios. I felt like the cake layers themselves needed a little more flavor and texture to them. To make sure the cake didn’t turn out too dry, I made sure to reduce the flour from the previous recipe and I kept the pistachio pudding mix I used last time. I also added an additional egg.

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To give the cake another element of texture and flavor, I threw in about a half cup of mini dark chocolate chips.

For the frosting, I switched things up completely from almond to a lime cream cheese. The small hint of lime with the pistachio is seriously the perfect flavor combination. And then the cream cheese gives the frosting the slightest tart flavor, which I think balances all the flavors really well.

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I am beyond excited about how this cake turned out. The flavor combination and the textures are everything I hoped they would be!


Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cake

Pistachio chocolate chip cake layers with lime cream cheese buttercream.

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  1. Are the pistachios part of the “dry ingredients” in the recipe or are they reserved for the topping? Thanks!! We can’t wait to try this.

  2. This sounds delicious! I’ve been addicted to the pistachio Oreos and was thinking they would make a great cake 😂😂 definitely want to give this a try since pistachio cake is my all time favorite! Did you end up putting some lime zest in the frosting? The pics have some flecks of green in the frosting. If so, how much did you use?