Pistachio Christmas Cupcakes with Cherries #Recipe

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Pistachio Christmas Cupcakes with Cherries #Recipe

pistachio-cherry-christmas-cupcakes Christmas isn’t “Christmas” in our home without my annual Pistachio Christmas Cupcakes with Cherries. I make this festive Christmas cake recipe in bundt pans, loaf pans, and cupcakes. It is absolutely delicious, and perfect for this time of year since they are green, and red. The flavors of the maraschino cherries, and pistachio pudding mix are the perfect taste bud tantalizer.

Pistachio-Christmas-CupcakesPistachio Christmas Cake is very easy to make, and can even be made with boxed cake mix. I have adopted the boxed cake mix method because I usually do not have the time to bake it from total scratch. There are a few additions to the mix that turn this cake into a very moist and delicious sweet treat!

christmas-cake-ingredientsPistachio Christmas Cupcakes with Cherries

  • 1 box of white or yellow cake mix {your choice}
  • **You will use the SAME oil, and eggs the boxed mix calls for, BUT instead of 1 cup of regular water, you will use 1 cup of seltzer water!
  • 1 box of pistachio pudding mix
  • 4 ounces of chopped maraschino cherries for inside the cake mix, reserve enough for each cupcake top, or cake top
  • *optional 1/3 cup chopped pistachios, walnuts or pecans–they all work well


Preheat your oven according to the cake box instructions

Grease your muffins pans, cake pans, or bundt pans. I used the all new Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Baking Spray. It works amazing for baking cupcakes, cakes, brownies, cookies, and more. There is no aftertaste at all, a high smoke point, and the bottle is even eco-friendly! You can save $1 Pompeian Grape Seed Oil to try it for yourself!

Chop up your cherries/nuts

In a large mixing bowl, add your cake mix, substituted seltzer water, and pudding mix. Mix all your ingredients until thoroughly mixed.

Add your mixture to your cupcake tins, cake pans, etc

Bake according to the box’s instructions for that particular pan. The cooking time should remain almost identical. I suggest using a toothpick, and checking your baked treat right at the time the instructions call for. My time for cupcakes was right at 18 minutes. *Recipe makes 24 ¬†cupcakes*

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About Amy

Hi my name is Amy (amy@savvysavingcouple.net) and I am the co-owner of SavvySavingCouple.net. I love cooking, baking, and cleaning. When I am not chasing my three kids around, I enjoy blogging bits and pieces of my life. I enjoy writing, and have a BA in Humanities and Social Sciences.


  1. Love those cupcake liners! Myay I ask, where did you buy them? :)

  2. That is great looking! Cant wait to try it!

  3. I soooo love how you present your images. They are clear and easy to see and I feel like I could almost do it just on the quality of the images that you present. Ok, still need the step-by-step, which you also do well!

  4. Your pictures are great. The cupcakes look very tasty!

  5. Those are absolutely beautiful! I’ve never tried pistachio pudding before. Now I’m curious!

  6. To be honest, I did not know which is cuter, the cupcakes you made or the beautiful cupcake wrappers.

  7. Pistachio cupcakes?!? I’ve never heard of this before, I’d love to try this!

  8. Wow these look amazing! I might try to make these at Christmas!

  9. I love pistachio! I ate that pudding like crazy when I was a kid. Yum!

  10. oh, you had me at pistachio!! my whole family adores pistachio

  11. katherine bartlett says:

    I love the sound of these. And they seem easy to make too!

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