I cheated. I’m a cheaty McCheater. I used a box of cake mix and a box of pudding mix. There it is. It’s all out in the open. We can move along now in good conscience.
So, this is a Pistachio Cupcake. Perfect for green holidays, pastel holidays, and whenever you’re feeling like a pistachio cupcake would hit the spot. Which around here might just be any day of the year.
Again, I used a boxed cake mix, and all required ingredients that it called for, as well the addition of a box of pistachio pudding mix. They baked up nicely as cupcakes.
For the frosting, hugs and kisses to Alice from Savory Sweet Life for the wonderful Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. I figured if anyone knows frosting, Alice does. She used to be a professional cake maker, ya know? (And by the way, she has a cookbook coming out this summer. Check it out.)
For the shavings on top, I melted some white chocolate chips, along with a bit of vegetable shortening, and spread it out thinly on a baking sheet to let harden a bit.
Using a spoon, I scraped curls and shavings as a topping for the cupcakes. Sprinkles or some festive candy would be just as cute. I was trying to cover up my lack of icing skills. Plus it was fun.
There you have it. A honestly good cupcake made by cheating.
- 1 box of white cake mix & all ingredients that it calls for
- 1 box of pistachio pudding mix
- 1 batch of Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (this one mentioned above from Savory Sweet Life is terrific!)
- 7 ounces weight white chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening or vegetable oil
- Combine cake mix and it’s ingredients as packaging instructs.
- Add in pudding mix and combine well.
- For cupcakes, fill cupcake liners about halfway full with batter.
- Bake as directed on cake mix packaging.
- Cool and decorate as you like.
- Melt chips according to package instructions.
- Stir in vegetable shortening/oil until combined well.
- Using a spatula, spread melted candy/chocolate thinly on a baking sheet.
- Let harden for a few minutes.
- Using a spoon, scrape across hardened candy/chocolate to create curls and shavings.