These Mini Pistachio Cupcakes are so festive and fun!  An even smaller version of a mini cupcake. Baked in ketchup cups makes these treats guilt FREE!  Just pop them in your mouth by pushing on the cupcake from the bottom.

Mini Pistachio Cupcakes - Lady Behind The Curtain Full of pistachio flavor by adding pistachio pudding mix to the cupcakes and the frosting.

Mini Pistachio Cupcakes - Lady Behind The Curtain

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Mini Pistachio Cupcakes

Preparation 20 minutes 2017-07-22T00:20:00+00:00 Cook Time 14 minutes 2017-07-22T00:14:00+00:00 Serves Makes 2 1/2 dozen Mini Ketchup Cup Cupcakes     adjust servings


For the Pistachio Cupcakes

  • 1 white cake mix
  • 1 instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 70 ketchup cups

For the Pistachio Frosting

  • 1 box instant pistachio pudding
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups powdered sugar


    For the Pistachio Cupcakes:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Mix together the cake mix, pudding mix, soda, oil and eggs until smooth; stir in walnuts.
    3. Fill ketchup cups 3/4 full and place either on a cookie sheet or in mini muffin cups.

    NOTE: This recipe made 39 ketchup cups and 2 dozen mini cupcakes (I ran out of ketchup cups). I would guess you could get another 2-1/2 dozen ketchup cups.

    1. Bake 12 to 14 minutes.

    For the Pistachio Frosting:

    1. Whip together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until creamy.

    NOTE: If pipping on frosting sift pudding mix (the mix comes with pieces of pistachios).

    1. Gradually beat in dry pudding mix and powdered sugar until frosting reaches spread or pipping consistency. Make about 3-1/2 cups.

    Recipe Notes

    This recipe is from Lady Behind The Curtain


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    Mini Pistachio Cupcakes — 10 Comments

    1. You are too creative! I would have never thought to bake in ketchup cups. Love the flavor of pistachios. When I was little I think pistachio pudding was my favorite dessert (non-chocolate that is)

    2. Hi Sheryl,
      I just love your collection of Mini’s, they are all awesome! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
      Come Back Soon!
      Miz Helen

    3. My fiance’s family calls this “Watergate cake.” It’s their favourite. 😉 We use dream whip (with pistachio pudding mixed in) for our frosting. It is fluffy, delicious goodness. I am DEFINITELY going to try your pistachio cream cheese frosting though!

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