Pistachio Christmas Cupcakes with Cherries are a festive, easy, and delicious Christmas cupcake idea that can be made with boxed mix.
Christmas isn’t “Christmas” in our home without my annual Pistachio Christmas Cupcakes with Cherries. I make this festive Christmas cake recipe in bundt pans, loaf pans, and cupcakes. It is absolutely delicious, and perfect for this time of year since they are green, and red. The flavors of the maraschino cherries, and pistachio pudding mix are the perfect taste bud tantalizer.
Pistachio Christmas Cake is very easy to make, and can even be made with boxed cake mix. I have adopted the boxed cake mix method because I usually do not have the time to bake it from total scratch. There are a few additions to the mix that turn this cake into a very moist and delicious sweet treat!
Pistachio Christmas Cupcakes with Cherries
- 1 box of white cake mix
- **You will use the SAME oil, and eggs the boxed mix calls for, BUT instead of 1 cup of regular water, you will use 1 cup of seltzer water!
- 1 box of pistachio pudding mix
- 8 ounces of chopped maraschino cherries for inside the cake mix, reserve enough for each cupcake top.
- *optional 1/3 cup chopped pistachios, walnuts or pecans–they all work well
How to Make Pistachio Cherry Cupcakes
Preheat your oven according to the cake box instructions.
Add cupcake liners to your muffin tins (I used (2) 12 count tins.
Chop up your cherries/nuts.
In a large mixing bowl, add your cake mix, substituted seltzer water, and pudding mix. Mix all your ingredients until combined.
Add your mixture to your cupcake papers in the tins. Fill them a little over halfway.
Bake according to the box’s instructions for that particular pan. The cooking time should remain almost identical.
I suggest using a toothpick, and checking your baked treat right at the time the instructions call for. My time for cupcakes was right at 18 minutes.
Add one cherry to the center of each cupcake & enjoy!