Iced Pistachio Cupcakes

I LOVE nuts !

Especially pistachio .

Have you tried grinding it in a food processor ?  Seriously ! hahaha Ahhhh the smell , it's just really incredible ^-^"

So when I saw this recipe from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book , I knew I had to bake it. It's pistachio overload and I'm in pistachio heaven lol

I'm not planning to iced these but I still have some cream sitting around so I made half of the icing recipe . Sadly  , I added too much cream and the result is not drippy but still okay though . Iced or not , the cupcake itself tastes FANTASTIC !

I halve the recipe but just used a generous cup of sugar , I also used salted pistachios and a pinch of salt  and made 15 cupcakes . My cupcakes sizes are not uniform . Oh , I over baked some , again ! tsk tsk

Recipe from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes

Makes 34

1 cup unsalted shelled pistachios
1 1/4 cups ( 2 1/2 sticks ) unsalted butter , at room temperature
6 ounces cream cheese , at room temp
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs , at room temp
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon coarse salt
3/4 cup coarsely chopped salted pistachios

* Preheat oven to 325°F/160°C . Line standard muffin tin with paper liners . In a food processor , grind shelled nuts to a paste .
* With an electric mixer  on medium-high speed , beat butter , cream cheese and pistachio paste until light and fluffy , about 3 minutes . Reduce speed to med-low , gradually add sugar ; beat until smooth , scraping the sides of the bowl as needed . Add eggs , one at a time , beating until each is incorporated . Beat in vanilla . Reduce speed to low and add in flour and salt , beating until just combined . Fold in chopped nuts by hand .
* Divide batter evenly among lined cups , filling about three-quarters full . Bake for about 30 minutes or until cake tester inserted comes out clean .

Drippy icing :

1 cup plus 3 T icing sugar , sifted
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 pistachio slivers or chopped pistachios to decorate

* Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth . Use immediately .


  1. Anne,I love your 1st pic ... so pretty. I must get pistachios to try it. Gosh... mouth watering now ^-^

  2. looking at the ingredients, it sounds very delicious to me..serious!!

  3. This looks so delicious and I love the dash of colour that the pistachios add to the cupcakes. I have never used pistachio in baking yet.. well actually once. But then I used salted pistachios and that turned to be saltish. Can't wait to try pistachios again, the unsalted ones that is. :)

    1. @ Rathai , try blanching your salted pistachios in hot water to get rid of some of the salt ;)

  4. Very yummy looking cupcakes...

  5. Wow! they look nutty, nice and delicious.

  6. ooo, pistachios are one of my favorites! and i've been looking for a good green cupcake recipe for a while! i keep coming across one that calls for pudding mix, but i just hate putting boxed stuff in an otherwise from scratch recipe, you know? these look great!

    1. @ Anna , I kinda expecting a more green color in these baked cupcake tsk ! hahaha I guess I need to add some green gel paste ;D

  7. My dad loves pistachios....I need to make these beauties for him when he visits next :) They look moist and wonderful~

  8. Anne great the pistachios in the colour as well...looks natural and healthy, and not the bright green of food colour...

  9. I am a beginner when it comes to cupcakes-yours look perfect and I also love pistachio:)

    Life and travelling

  10. My husband loves pistachio..I should make this for him one of these days.....

  11. Mmmmm...gorgeous cupcakes! Ryan will definitely love them! He's so into pistachios.

  12. Glad to see that you are not skimping on those tasty pistachios in these cupcakes-yum! The inside of them tell me that they are moist nutty and delicious. I am saving this recipe-good thing that you love pistachios or I would have never come across this!


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