Grandma’s Pistachio Bread

 This super moist bread is made with one bowl, no mixer required, and is sooo easy! It’s made with pistachio pudding mix, yellow cake mix, and ribbons of cinnamon-sugar for an ultra delicious bread or coffee cake!

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I am so disconnected from the world. I am back in Pennsylvania visiting my family this week for the holidays. I’m staying mostly at my Grandma’s house, and she doesn’t have internet. I mean, of course, because there aren’t that many 89-year-olds that really need internet! Totally understandable, but as a result, I am pretty MIA on the blog this week! My apologies. You deserve a break from my chatter anyway, so I’ll spare you any small talk and we’ll get more or less straight to the good stuff….

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FOOD. Food with SUGAR in it. Lots of sugar. That’s what we’re all here for.

Let’s face it, we’re all swimming in last minute holiday preparations anyway, and you probably have all sorts of fun activities and family stuff going on this week! I’ll be short and sweet. Since I’m home visiting family, staying at my Grandma’s, and since we often make this bread together for the holidays (though we make it year-round too), it seems fitting to share her Pistachio Bread recipe! I grew up on this stuff.

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It’s absurdly easy and only requires a handful of ingredients. You can mix it altogether in one single bowl – no mixer is needed! It’s easy prep and easy clean up! When you’re mixing it, the pistachio pudding kinda makes it look like something out of Ghostbusters, but it definitely bakes up much more pretty. 😉

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We call it a bread, yes, but it’s pretty cake-like! It’s moist and sweet, and has a thick ribbon of cinnamon and sugar both through the middle and on top. In the middle, it gets deliciously gooey and sticky, and it forms a perfect crustiness on top! It’s a fabulous snack or dessert, but warm from the oven with a pat of butter, this bread is perfect as a coffee cake for breakfast or brunch too. We love it and it’s been a family favorite for YEARS.

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A moist bread or coffee cake made with pistachio pudding, yellow cake mix, and with ribbons of cinnamon-sugar!
Cuisine: Breads, Breakfast - sweet
Serves: 10 slices
  • 1 box yellow or golden butter cake mix
  • 1 box instant pistachio pudding (sugar-free will work)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. sour cream (light sour cream will work)
  • ¼ c. oil
  • ⅓ c. sugar
  • 1½ tsp. cinnamon
  1. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, and oil.
  2. Mix until well-combined.
  3. Pour half the batter into a greased tube pan or angel food cake pan.
  4. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar. Mix until well-blended.
  5. Sprinkle half the cinnamon-sugar over the batter in the tube pan, and use a knife to swirl it in.
  6. Add remaining batter to tube pan.
  7. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon-sugar over batter, and use a knife to swirl it in.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
  9. Enjoy!

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No one has to know how simple it is to make. That part stays a secret. K?


  1. says

    I hope you have a great time in Pennsylvania, Sarah! I’m sure it must be strange to not have the internet! I’m loving this pistachio bread. It looks so gorgeous! I love the cinnamon sugar topping, too. Sounds like this would make the perfect Christmas morning breakfast!

    • says

      YES, I’m dying without internet! How sad is that though? I’m blogging from one of Erie’s 2 Starbucks right now. Haha! Wait… maybe they have 3 Starbucks in this city now. Haha! :)

  2. says

    This pistachio bread looks amazing, I love any kind of coffee cake, but especially with lots of cinnamon sugar. That ribbon of cinnamon sugar in the middle is the best! Have a great week visiting family! I’ll be MIA next week for the same reason, away from internet! Might be kind of nice though, unplugging for a few days! Haven’t done that in a while! Merry Christmas! :)

    • says

      It’s definitely nice unplugging, especially for the holidays, but it’s HARD! How sad is that? I’m reaaaally struggling without feeling connected to things, but I’m trying to savor it too! I hope you have wonderful holidays Stacey! Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)

  3. says

    Hello cute lady! I bet this little gem made a lot of people happy! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

    • says

      Hi Linda! Correct – there is no other liquid! It’s very thick. Very thick and goopy, but it will bake perfectly! I hope that helps, let me know how it turns out! :)

  4. says

    This looks and sounds amazing – Pinning! I have a similar recipe from my grandmother that I was thinking of making the other day. Her recipe has a frosting made with the pistachio pudding mix and cream. Love the idea of the cinnamon and sugar topping. Thanks for sharing, Suzanne

    • says

      Oh, that’s great! I’ve never heard of the variation with frosting, but I’m definitely on board with that!! Frosting is always a good thing! :) Happy New Year!

    • says

      Oh, great!! I’m so glad to hear that, Becky! I agree that it’s super easy and delicious. It’s been a family favorite of ours for a really long time! I’m so glad you liked it! :)

    • says

      Doesn’t it look reminiscent of something out of Ghostbusters?? Lol! Tastes AMAZING though and is so moist! Let me know if you try it! Thanks, Trish! :)

  5. Natalie says

    I made this yesterday for Christmas morning. Huge hit! Just the right amount of sweet! Easy to make and just delicious!


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