Have you ever had a pistachio cupcake from Sugar Sweet Sunshine? No? Go get one NOW! It's really that good. The cake is light and fluffy and the frosting, aka "the moose," is yummy. Of course, after tasting their Pistachio cupcake I would think that that recipe is really hard to come by. And it is! There are no recipes for a pistachio cupcake online or in any book. After some intense researching I found a recipe for "St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes" (aka Pistachio Cupcakes). And here's the recipe:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 (3 1/2 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl, add the first 5 ingredients; stir to combine.
In another bowl, add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla; stir to combine.
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture; stir until well mixed.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Set oven at 350 degrees; bake for 18-20 minutes or until pick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
I tinted my vanilla buttercream green just to make it feel more "pistachio-ness."
THE VERDICT: Instead of using pistachio pudding, I'm going to use vanilla pudding because this recipe makes a really nice VANILLA cupcake. The pistachio pudding gave a hint of pistachio flavoring and the green coloring. This was nothing like Sugar Sweet Sunshine. I don't think i'll ever find that recipe. Might as well just head to the bakery for a geniune Pistachio Cupcake.
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