Decadent, yet incredibly Easy Pistachio Cupcakes with Pistachio Frosting uses a cake mix as a short cut and super easy not too sweet frosting recipe that tastes amazing! They are a big hit at a BBQ!
We adore pistachio cupcakes and while I often make them completely from scratch. Except when I need to whip up a large batch for a potluck or BBQ I tend to lean towards easy.
Using a box cake mix doesn’t exactly make them completely homemade, but a semi homemade cupcake recipe is perfect.
I did opt for a mostly from scratch frosting for the topping. And then just topped the cupcakes with marshmallows and coconut because it goes so well with the pistachio flavor.
Pudding Frosting Without Cool Whip
I also really wanted a cupcake frosting I could make without cool whip. No whipped cream for me, mostly for stability purposes.
It was important to me that these cupcakes could be served in my backyard without totally melting from the moment they hit the heat.
This pudding frosting without cool whip totally fit the bill!
This frosting is actually not too sweet which makes it one of my favorites to top almost any cupcake. Just change up the pudding mix you use and obviously the possibilities are endless.
How do I store cupcakes with buttercream frosting?
Because this recipe calls for cream, it needs to be stored in the refrigerator.
However, pull the cupcakes out about 10-15 minutes before serving and you will still have a super smooth, very silky frosting that is perfect.
If you take them out into the heat, they need to be served immediately. Butter does melt when it gets hot, so obviously a buttercream frosting is going to melt.
Keep this in mind. Refrigerating them will not make the frosting gritty or hard on the outside if you allow them to come to room temp for abut 15 minutes.
You could also pretty much serve them from the fridge to the hot backyard and do pretty well too.
Other than that, these are simple, taste absolutely amazing and are quite popular at any event we have ever brought them too. They totally taste homemade.
Trust me, nobody ever knows.
If you decide you want to top these delicious little bites of goodness with something, there are endless ideas.
- crushed pistachios
- white chocolate shavings
- candy or chocolate chips
With this week being #BBQWeek, there is no shortage of amazing ideas for your next BBQ. Follow the hashtag and you are sure to find a recipe for a BBQ that will fit your event.
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