Pistachio Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes ~ St. Patrick’s Day treat

Don’t let the word “pistachio” scare you away!  These light green cupcakes are made with pistachio pudding so they are moist with just the right amount of pistachio flavor and studded with coconut and chocolate chips.  The fluffy topping is also made with pistachio pudding and is a light alternative to a traditional butter cream.  All in all, they are pretty much perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day treat! 

pistachio chocolate coconut cupcakes - a St. Patrick's day treat from shakentogetherlife.com

pistachio chocolate coconut cupcakes
Yield: around 30 cupcakes (or if you’re like me and only have 2 cupcake pans and no patience, 24 cupcakes and about 15 mini cupcakes, ha ha!)

1 white cake mix
2 small boxes of pistachio instant pudding
8 oz. of plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
4 whole eggs
1 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips

Mix the first six ingredients together with a mixer.  The batter will be pretty thick, so use a big wooden spoon or spatula to stir in the coconut and mini chocolate chips.  Fill your cupcake papers about 2/3 full and bake at 350* for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.  The bottoms of your cupcakes will be browned, but the cake inside is still light and fluffy (see picture below).

pistachio pudding topping

Mix together 1 small box of pistachio instant pudding and 1 cup cold milk (I used skim).  Allow to set for just about a minute and then gently fold in one small tub of thawed Cool Whip.  You can use your hand mixer on the lowest speed but don’t over mix or the Cool Whip could break down.  Since the topping contains milk, I keep it refrigerated and pipe on just before serving.  *Piping tip:  Since this pudding contains pistachio pieces that got stuck in my star tip, I used a round tip to allow those pieces to pass through.

Just look at these green cupcakes bursting with chocolate and coconut and topped with fluffy pistachio pudding topping!  I’m pretty sure you could lure just about any little Leprechaun with these!

pistachio chocolate coconut cupcakes - a St. Patrick's day treat from shakentogetherlife.com

Since you already know I have a thing for cupcakes, here are a few more of my very favorites:

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  1. What an interesting combination, I’ve never had any kind of pistachio anything. I’m going to have to try these for sure!

  2. I actually love pistachio pudding! And I have those same cupcake papers too! I’m set!

  3. I’m pretty sure that with chocolate chips inside you can’t go wrong!

  4. hello Saint Patricks day!!! Love the green!

  5. Keri, these are fantastic! The chocolate chip and coconut additions are perfect! PINNED! :D

    ~Joy @ Yesterfood

  6. Gorgeous photos!

  7. I love all things pistachio! Perfect for St. Patty’s Day!

  8. Ahh- Hello yumminess!

  9. I love pistachios…so yummy!

  10. Yum!! Can’t wait to try these!

  11. That combination of flavors sounds so delicious, Keri! And the green is just perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

  12. these look delicious! just the thing for a sweet treat on March 17.

  13. These are super pretty Keri!! I’ve never had pistachio. I must try it!

  14. I’d never have thought of this flavor combination. Will have to try this :)

  15. yummy! Fun color! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays @ Nap-Time Creations. So glad you stopped by! Emily

  16. I am not a pistachio fan but these are so pretty! Love the color! :)

  17. these sound rockin good! ♥ http://www.northerncottage.net

  18. I’ve never even heard of pistachio cupcakes! I’ll definitely have to try these. Thanks for sharing. :)

  19. These look absolutely amazing. I just pinned this recipe and I can’t wait to try it out!

  20. These are adorable and I’m sure they taste delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

  21. I am not crazy about pistacchios, but with coconut and chocolate chips I might just like it. Plus, my nieces birthday is coming up, and she loves pistacchios. I usually make all the family cakes. Check out my latest: http://stephaniesscrappingstation.blogspot.com/2013/02/monster-high.html

  22. Pinned it! Thanks for sharing this at Whimsy Wednesday!
    Kelly from Smart School House
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SmartSchoolHouse

  23. These look delicious! I love the addition of the coconut! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Oh my goodness!! These look absolutely amazing! Just pinned to make later – YUMMM!!!!

    ~Jen @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy.

  25. these look incredible! love the shot of one cute ope :o) Thanks so much for sharing at Nap-Time Creations’ Tasteful Tuesdays… so glad to have you around for the party! I’m pleased to tell you that this recipe is being featured tomorrow in a CELEBRATE GREEN (st. Pats) Round Up! I would LOVE if you would post the featured button on this post to show off your feature and follow via GFC or E-mail if you don’t already. Don’t miss out on any of the fun! (link will be live Sat. morning) http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/03/celebrategreen.html

  26. These look yum-my! I will have to make these next week for my co-workers!

    I wandered over from Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday.

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  29. YOWZA! I need some of these right now!!!

  30. I may have died and gone to perfect-flavor-combination heaven. Amazing! Definitely on my must-try list!

  31. Perfect for St. Paddy’s Day! Thanks for sharing them at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  32. Love this! I’d like to invite you to link up to Saturday Spotlight @ Angels Homestead.


    Hope to see you there :)


  33. OH YUMMO! I found you linked up at Tatertots and Jello and I would love for you to share this at the party I am co-hosting this week, Raising Imperfection. Its open now!
    Here is the direct link: http://wp.me/p2Gh6y-kO
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

  34. Yum! These look amazing. Pistachio and coconut are two of my favorites. Just dropping by from the Sumo’s Sweet Stuff linkup party!


  35. Hi Keri,
    Your Pistachio Cupcakes look awesome! Thanks for sharing and have a great week.
    Miz Helen

  36. what a cool idea and they look so yummy!

  37. You have been featured on Gingerly Made! Thanks for linking up.

  38. Keri– I am such a pistachio addict!! These look amazing. YUMMYx10. :)

  39. Such a fun flavor combination!! Perfect for St. Paddy’s day!
    Thanks so much for linking up over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. Hope you’ll come back again on Saturday! Leigh Anne

  40. Thank you so much for linking up your yummy looking cupcakes, they’re perfect for St. Patty’s day and look fabulous. I’ve featured your project in this week’s A Crafty Soiree. Please come by and check it out when you can and share more of your creative talents with us!

  41. This looks AMAZING!! I need to try this!

    I would LOVE for you to join my Link Up! :)


  42. I recently started to make Watergate Salad which is made with Pistachio Pudding. If you want the recipe and story behind the name, click here:http://katspurrfectboutique.blogspot.com/2012/12/how-does-movie-connect-to-jello-recipe.html

  43. i chose to make homemade pistachio pudding and now I’m not sure how much to measure to add to the cake mix.

    • Hi J – My recipe calls for the dry pudding mix and those boxes are 3.4 oz. If you have prepared the pudding, you could try to substitute it for the sour cream or water, but I haven’t tested that substitution. Thanks for stopping by!

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