Delicious Pistachio Poke Cake Recipe to Try Today

Dear dessert-loving friends,

If you’re anything like me, you love a good excuse to whip up a delicious cake. And with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to dive into the world of green desserts!

That’s why I’m thrilled to introduce you to my latest creation – Pistachio Poke Cake. Trust me, this easy dessert is sure to impress all of your friends and family with its delicious flavor and festive flair.

One of the things I love most about this cake is how simple it is to make. With just a handful of ingredients and a little bit of effort, you can whip up a crowd-pleasing dessert that everyone will be raving about for weeks to come.

So whether you’re someone who loves baking or someone who is just looking for an easy way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day, Pistachio Poke Cake is the perfect recipe for you. Plus, with the handy tips and tricks I’ll be sharing throughout this article, you’re sure to nail it every time.

Get ready to indulge in the delicious taste of pistachio while embracing the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with this irresistible cake recipe. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pistachio Poke Cake (St. Patty's Day Cake)
Pistachio Poke Cake (St. Patty’s Day Cake)

Attention all dessert lovers! If you’re looking for a deliciously indulgent treat to celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, then look no further than this Pistachio Poke Cake. This cake is sure to give your taste buds an unforgettable experience!

What makes this recipe so special? Let me tell you.

First of all, this cake is extremely easy to make with simple ingredients such as a cake mix, pistachio pudding mix, and lime Jello Poke. These components combine together perfectly for outstanding taste and texture that are hard to resist.

Secondly, if you love anything green or festive for St. Patty’s Day, this cake is the perfect choice. Its vibrant green color will make it stand out among the rest of your party desserts and leave everyone in awe of its beauty.

Thirdly, the taste is unbelievable! The combination of a moist and fluffy white cake infused with instant pistachio pudding mix will take your taste buds on a trip to heaven. The lime Jello poke gives it the perfect hint of sourness, making it an ideal balance between flavors.

Finally, allow me to suggest taking it a notch further with serving it topped with freshly whipped cream or Cool Whip and garnished with chopped pistachios for some crunch. The end-result will definitely have your friends and family asking for seconds!

In conclusion, whether you’re preparing for a St. Patrick’s Day party or simply craving something sweet, this Pistachio Poke Cake ticks all the boxes; it’s easy to make, eye-catchingly green, has an amazing texture and taste that will leave you craving more. So go ahead and give it a try today!

Ingredient List

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with this green and nutty Pistachio Poke Cake!
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this green and nutty Pistachio Poke Cake!

Let’s gather all the ingredients we need for this delicious pistachio poke cake. Don’t worry! You won’t need to go to a fancy store to find them. You can easily find most of the ingredients at your local grocery store.

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the cake:

  • 1 box white cake mix (15.25 oz)
  • 1 package instant pistachio pudding mix (3.4 oz)
  • 4 eggs whites
  • 3/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of water

For the jello poke:

  • 1 package of lime jello (3 oz)
  • ¾ cup of boiling water
  • ¼ cup of cold water

For the topping:

  • 1 package of instant pistachio pudding mix (3.4 oz)
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 8 ounces of whipped cream, softened
  • powdered sugar
  • crushed pistachios for garnish

Before we start, make sure you have all these ingredients on hand.

The Recipe How-To

 This cake is sure to steal the show at your St. Patty's Day party!
This cake is sure to steal the show at your St. Patty’s Day party!

Now that we have gathered all of our ingredients, let’s get started with making this delicious Pistachio Poke Cake.

Step 1: Preheat the oven

Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F. While the oven is heating up, take out a 9×13 inch baking dish and spray it with non-stick cooking spray to prevent the cake from sticking.

Step 2: Prepare the Cake Mix

In a large mixing bowl, combine the white cake mix, 4 egg whites, ¾ cup of water and 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, and beat them together until fully mixed. Then add a 3.4 oz package of instant pistachio pudding mix and beat again for two minutes.

Step 3: Bake the Cake

Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking dish and place it in the oven. Let it bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Step 4: Jello Poke

While the cake is baking, prepare the Jello poke mixture. In a separate mixing bowl, add one package of lime Jello and one cup of boiling water then stir until dissolved. And then add 1/2 cup cold water and stir to mix well.

Step 5: Poke holes in the Cake

When the cake is finished, remove it from the oven and wait for it to cool slightly. Take a fork or a thin wooden dowel stick and poke holes throughout the entire cake, being careful not to poke all the way through.

Step 6: Pour Jello Mixture over Cake

Next, pour your prepared Jello mixture over your cake as evenly as possible, ensuring that it fills every hole that you made using your fork or dowel stick.

Step 7: Chill in Refrigerator

Allowing your sugary Jello mixture to soak into your Pistachio Poke Cake further will enhance its already delectable flavor. Once done pouring the mixture over your cake, put it in fridge for around 2 hours and let it set completely before frosting.

Step 8: Frost with Whipped Topping

After setting, spread whipped topping over your Pistachio Poke Cake using spatula or knife if you don’t have access to one. Make sure that each piece has around an inch thick layer of whipped cream.

Once you’re done frosting, return your Pistachio Poke Cake back in fridge for about an hour more until ready to serve which should makes one healthy serving with that creamy white finish on top of this wonderful green creation!

Substitutions and Variations

 Every bite of this Pistachio Poke Cake is loaded with vibrant green goodness.
Every bite of this Pistachio Poke Cake is loaded with vibrant green goodness.

Are you looking to switch things up? Here are some substitutions and variations that will add a twist of flavor to your Pistachio Poke Cake.

– Lemon-Lime: Love citrusy desserts? Substitute lime with lemon in the cake mix, pudding mix, and Jello powder for a refreshing lemon-lime twist.

– Chocolate: Want to go down the sweeter route? Mix chocolate chips into the white cake batter for an indulgent dessert.

– Almonds: Add some texture and crunch by topping the cake with sliced or chopped almonds instead of pistachios.

– Raspberry: Want to add some tartness to your cake? Make a raspberry glaze by mixing raspberry Jello with boiling water and brushing it over the top of the cooled cake before adding the whipped cream.

– Vanilla Wafers: Are you out of cake mix but want to make this recipe? Use a box of vanilla wafers instead of cake mix for a slightly denser texture.

– Cool Whip Alternatives: We understand that some people prefer not to use Cool Whip due to its ingredients. You can substitute regular whipped cream or whipped coconut cream instead.

These substitutions will enhance your Pistachio Poke Cake and give a new twist to traditional flavors. Don’t be afraid to experiment and create something extraordinary.

Serving and Pairing

 Impress your guests with this unique and flavorful twist on a classic cake!
Impress your guests with this unique and flavorful twist on a classic cake!

Now that your pistachio poke cake is ready, it’s time to serve and enjoy! This cake is perfect for any occasion, and especially fitting for St. Patrick’s Day festivities. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying it year-round.

To showcase the vibrant green hue of the pistachio poke cake, be sure to use a white or clear serving dish. Add a dollop of whipped cream or Cool Whip on top for an extra treat.

If you’re looking to take this dessert up a notch, pair it with a piping hot cup of coffee or tea. The rich, nutty flavors in the cake will complement the earthy tones in your beverage of choice.

For an adult twist, consider pairing with a glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream liquor or an Irish coffee.

This cake is versatile enough to serve on its own or with after-dinner treats like fresh fruit and cheese platters. You can even get creative with your plating and add chopped pistachios, mint leaves, or fresh berries on top.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair your pistachio poke cake, just remember that the most important part is enjoying each delicious bite.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This dessert is easy to make and will have everyone asking for the recipe!
This dessert is easy to make and will have everyone asking for the recipe!

Are you planning to bake this pistachio poke cake ahead of time? Maybe you’re dealing with a tight schedule or want to have the dessert ready for your St Patrick’s Day party. Whatever your reason, it’s possible to make this cake a day or two before your event without compromising its quality.

Here’s what you need to know: Once the cake has cooled down completely, wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. It will last for up to three days if stored properly. You can also freeze the unfrosted cake for up to a month if you’re not planning on eating it anytime soon.

To reheat the cake, bring it back to room temperature then microwave a slice for 10-15 seconds until warm. Alternatively, cover the slice loosely with foil and reheat it in the oven at 300°F for 10 -15 minutes.

When it comes to frosting, I highly recommend waiting until you’re ready to serve the cake before adding your toppings. This is because whipped cream and frosting are perishable and will ultimately affect the storage life of your baked goods. If you have leftovers, top them with some extra Cool Whip and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for a day or two.

Now that you have stored options ready, all you need is an occasion – whether it’s St Patrick’s Day, a birthday party or any other celebration – to share this delicious pistachio poke cake with friends and family!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't be fooled by its simple presentation, this cake is bursting with flavor!
Don’t be fooled by its simple presentation, this cake is bursting with flavor!

Making the perfect pistachio poke cake can be a bit tricky, but with these helpful tips, you’ll be able to make a delicious and beautiful dessert that will impress your guests.

Tip 1: Always follow the recipe

This sounds obvious, but it’s important to measure all the ingredients precisely and follow the directions step by step. Changing the proportion of ingredients or skipping steps can affect the texture and taste of your cake.

Tip 2: Use room temperature ingredients

Before starting to bake, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature. This includes eggs and butter, which should be left outside for at least an hour before using them. Room temperature ingredients will mix together more easily and create a smooth and homogenous batter.

Tip 3: Don’t overmix the batter

Mix only until all ingredients are just incorporated. Over-mixing can result in a tough, rubbery texture. Also, do not overbake as cakes like this will dry out quickly if overcooked.

Tip 4: Poke the cake immediately after baking

To achieve delicious pistachio flavor throughout the entire cake, you need to poke holes all around its surface immediately after It comes oput of the oven.. Then pour lime jello into those pokes!

Tip 5: Chill overnight

Letting the cake chill overnight allows it to absorb all of those delicious flavors of pistachio pudding mix and lime juice from jell poke mixture.

Tips 6: Top with whipped cream before serving

Add a touch of Cool Whip (or another whipped cream) on top of your slice of cake when ready to serve. This soft creaminess will balance out the tanginess of lime jello flavor nicely!

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create an impressive looking and yummy-tasting pistachio poke cake that is worthy of any special occasion!

Bottom Line


Are you ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style? Then, look no further than the irresistible Pistachio Poke Cake! This cake is not just a feast for your taste buds but also a treat for your eyes with its vibrant green color that perfectly embodies the festive mood of this holiday.

With its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, this dessert is perfect for novice bakers or anyone who wants to whip up a delicious treat in no time. Whether you’re hosting a party or just want to indulge in something sweet and refreshing, this cake ticks all the boxes.

So go ahead and give this recipe a try – I guarantee that you won’t regret it! And with its versatility and adaptability, you can switch up the flavors and toppings to suit any occasion, from birthdays to Christmas to Easter.

Let’s make St. Patrick’s Day unforgettable with this delightful Pistachio Poke Cake recipe, mixing fun and flavor in one fabulous dessert that nobody will be able to resist. So put on your apron, preheat your oven and get ready to impress your friends and family with your fantastic baking skills. Cheers to good food, good luck, and good times!

Pistachio Poke Cake (St. Patty's Day Cake)

Pistachio Poke Cake (St. Patty’s Day Cake) Recipe

this is a festive cake, but can be made any time with any kind of cake/pudding. also very good frosted with pudding or pudding whipped cream mix.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cake
Calories 321.4 kcal


  • 18 1/2 ounces white cake mix
  • 3 egg whites (or package instructions)
  • 1/4 cup oil (or per package)
  • 1 1/4 cups water (or per package)
  • 3 1/2 ounces instant pistachio pudding mix (jello instant)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/8 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip


  • mix and bake cake according to package in 13x9 in pan.
  • while hot poke holes with a small spoon handle or skewer.
  • mix pudding mix with powdered sugar, whisk in milk.
  • while runny immediately pour over the warm cake.
  • cool completely and frost with cool whip or pudding (or mix).
  • refrigerate at least 1 hour, or overnight.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 94gCalories: 321.4kcalCarbohydrates: 41.9gProtein: 4.4gFat: 15.5gSaturated Fat: 6.3gCholesterol: 4.1mgSodium: 327.7mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 31.8g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Dessert, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, Sweet, Weeknight
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