While baking in our house is not reserved for special occasions, I do like to bake up special holiday treats, whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter. Though St. Patrick’s Day is not necessarily a big celebration with us, it’s fun to spread a little Irish cheer and a good excuse to bake up something yummy. Plus, if green beer isn’t your bag, this perfectly moist pistachio cake will be totally up your alley.

I first had this style of pistachio cake two years ago at a friend’s house. She had bought it from a fancy shmancy bakery where it’s not uncommon for it to sell out. It was insanely good. I mean the kids devoured it! Delightfully moist with just the perfect touch of sweetness, plus the crunch of the pistachios, made this cake an instant hit. You might even say it’s magically delicious.

So off I went on a mission to find the recipe. (The internet is a wonderful beast.)

While I usually bake from scratch, occasionally I do use box mixes — NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT — because, hey, those mixes turn out some pretty fabulous cakes, especially with a few tweaks. Adapted slightly from a recipe I found at allrecipes.com, this is a super-easy cake to make — so much so, you might want to bake two: one to give and one to keep.


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