Gluten Free Pistachio Cake

A show-stopping Pistachio Cake that is secretly easy to make with your favorite cake mix and a few other simple ingredients. #glutenfree #glutenfreecake #pistachiocake #LifeAfterWheat

A show-stopping Pistachio Cake that is secretly easy to make with your favorite cake mix and a few other simple ingredients. Gluten Free and DELICIOUS!

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This easy gluten free Pistachio Cake is simply stunning. It’s one of those show-stopping desserts that people will rave about and ask how many hours you spent preparing it, while you secretly chuckle about the 10 minutes of prep time it took you to put it together. I love those kinds of desserts!

Whether you’re serving this pistachio cake for Christmas dinner, a holiday party, pot luck, or just a simple get-together, it’s sure to be a success!

Gluten Free Pistachio Cake

There are some great gluten free cake mixes that are easy to find on just about any store shelf. We have had success with both Pillsbury and Betty Crocker brands of gluten free cake mixes. You can use any cake mix that you like, but keep in mind we have only tried this recipe with those two cake mixes.

TIP: add 1/3 cup sour cream to boxed cake mixes to make them taste more like homemade πŸ™‚

This Pistachio Gluten Free Cake features a Betty Crocker yellow cake mix and a few other simple ingredients, so it’s very quick and easy to make!


Pistachio Gluten Free Cake

I’ve always been a HUGE fan of pistachio-flavored recipes. Growing up, my mom made a pistachio salad for just about every occasion – St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas – It was a simple salad but it always completed the meal. She still makes it to this day and I kind of feel like a little kid when she brings it over πŸ™‚ 

Right now, I’m loving bundt cake. I’ve been experimenting with a few different flavors, and so far this Pistachio Gluten Free Cake is my favorite! Of course, you can bake this in a simple 9×13″ pant, but a bundt pan is a simple way to make an ordinary cake into a beautiful centerpiece. 


Pistachio Gluten Free Cake

Take this  Gluten Free Pistachio Cake to the Next Level

A simple dusting of powdered sugar is all you need to serve this cake, but if you happen to have some white chocolate and chopped pistachios, you can make this easy gluten free cake into an elegant dessert that will be the star of the party!

Once the cake is cool, dust with powdered sugar using a strainer or sifter, then drizzle with melted white chocolate and sprinkle chopped pecans over the top. It is a stunning cake when it’s all dressed up, and everyone will think you spent hours making it!

—>>>Looking for more delicious gluten free cake recipes???

Try this popular Gluten-Free Lemon Cake from Gluten Free Palate  or our Gluten Free Chocolate Cake recipe!

A show-stopping Pistachio Cake that is secretly easy to make with your favorite cake mix and a few other simple ingredients. #glutenfree #glutenfreecake #pistachiocake #LifeAfterWheat

Gluten Free Pistachio Cake

Yield: 16 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

A show-stopping Pistachio Cake that is secretly easy to make with your favorite cake mix and a few other simple ingredients. Gluten Free.



  1. Combine all ingredients and mix according to package directions.
  2. Grease a bundt or 9x13" pan and bake according to directions on cake mix box. (I bake at 350 F for 45-50 minutes in a bundt pan, or about 25-30 minutes in 9X13)
  3. When cake is done, let cool for 5 minutes and then remove to cool on a wire rack (leave in the pan if using a 9X13)
  4. Once cake is completely cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar, drizzle with melted white chocolate and immediately sprinkle with chopped pistachios, gently pressing the pistachios so they stick. Let cake cool completely before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 7gCarbohydrates: 33gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

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  • Reply
    November 14, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I can’t wait to try making this! It makes me want to cry when my sister makes my grandmother’s pistachio cake and I can’t eat it. This seems so similar to her recipe! One question: did you use some sour cream in this recipe as it says in the “recipe tip” above, or no? I might try adding a few drops of almond extract as well to boost the flavor, as I think my grandmother did.

    • Reply
      November 14, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      Adding almond extract is a great idea! I didn’t add sour cream to this recipe, but do add it to other cake mixes πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    April 8, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    The recipe says to “combine all ingredients and mix according to package directions”. Does that mean add any additional ingredients listed on the box or does your recipe include the only ingredients needed?

    • Reply
      April 9, 2020 at 9:54 pm

      So sorry for the confusion Cara! Add the ingredients listed on the recipe card in my post, then mix for time and speed per the instructions on the box of cake mix. IE for 3 minutes on medium speed, or whatever your box says πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    July 25, 2020 at 9:23 am

    I can’t seem to find gluten free pistachio pudding mix anywhere. Which brand did you use? My mom used to make this cake all the time growing up, I can’t wait to make it myself!

    • Reply
      July 27, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      I use Kraft Jell-O pudding mix, it is not certified gluten free but I personally feel comfortable with their labeling policies.

  • Reply
    February 15, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Do you make the pudding then add it to cake? Or do you add pudding mix to cake mix?
    I’m confused.

    • Reply
      February 18, 2021 at 1:23 pm

      Just add all the ingredients, including the package of pudding mix, to a bowl and mix.

  • Reply
    Mary ann Quinn
    March 22, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    What is the temperature in the oven and how long do you bake it for?

    • Reply
      March 29, 2021 at 9:56 pm

      Use the temperature and baking time listed on the package of cake mix for a bundt cake. It might vary a bit depending on which mix you use but I bake at 350 F for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. a 9X13 will take less time.

  • Reply
    April 7, 2021 at 8:09 am

    You’re tip on adding sour cream to any cake mix, is that in addition to the other ingredients or replacing any ingredients?

    • Reply
      April 10, 2021 at 6:48 pm


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