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Pistachio Cake Cupcakes with Rosemary and a Cherry Glaze

Seeing some leftover crumbs of this pistachio cake cupcake on a party napkin, one would think that it was a simple yellow cake.  Unlike most of the pistachio cake recipes that you will find with a quick Google search for “pistachio cake recipes“, this cake isn’t green – there is no green food coloring and no instant pudding.  Interestingly, this pistachio cake recipe doesn’t use any pistachios (except on top for decoration).   All of the pistachio flavor in the cake comes from pistachio oil.

Using pistachio oil gives these pistachio cake cupcakes an intense pistachio flavor (think pistachio ice cream) without adding crunch.  If you like crunch, you could always throw some nuts into the batter.

Rosemary, You Say?

Rosemary is typically found in more savory baked goods, such as focaccia bread.  But, it worked like a cupcake charm with the pistachio cake.  It made the cake taste woodsy like something Hansel and Gretel would have enjoyed in the forest after they grew up and developed more refined palates.  I wish I could take credit for the flavor combination idea, but full accolades go out to The Flavor Bible (more on that book in an upcoming post).

And The Cherry Glaze?

The cherry glaze mostly serves to add a pretty pink top to the cupcake.  The cherry flavor is not particularly detectable, but if you love sugar glazes like I do, this is a nice one to add to your arsenal.

The Pistachio Cake Cupcake Recipe

This recipe is adapted from the pound cake recipe that I made for Wedding 3.0.

Pistachio Cake Cupcakes with Rosemary and a Cherry Glaze

Yield: 15 cupcakes

Pistachio Cake Cupcakes with Rosemary and a Cherry Glaze


    Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 C pistachio oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped finely
  • Cherry Glaze Ingredients
  • 3/4 C powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp cherry juice (To get my cherry juice, I stemmed, pitted, and food processed a handful of cherries. Then, I strained the cherry mush to get only the juice.)


    Cupcake Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Mix in the pistachio oil.
  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  4. Beat in flour, a half cup at a time, alternating with milk.
  5. Mix in rosemary.
  6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  7. Bake at 275 F for 1 hour.
  8. Cherry Glaze Instructions
  9. Mix the sugar and cherry juice until completely smooth.
  10. Dip the cupcakes in the glaze. It will be drippy at first, but it will harden quickly on the cupcakes.


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11 Responses to Pistachio Cake Cupcakes with Rosemary and a Cherry Glaze

  1. Lora June 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    Thanks for this great alternative to green pistachio cakes and the cherry glaze is lovely. Love em!

  2. Marisa June 11, 2010 at 12:27 am #

    Now I need to get my hands on some of that delicious sounding nut oils… The possibilities are endless.

    And how interesting about the rosemary amping up the flavour – would never have thought it.

  3. Nick (Macheesmo) June 11, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    Sounds really good! I love pistachio anything. The rosemary is a really interesting touch.

  4. Joy June 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    These are gorgeous. I like how you added the rosemary on top.

  5. Heavenly Housewife June 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm #

    I just adore pistachio, so I love these cupcakes. I am going to bookmark your recipe and see if i can find pistachio oil here in the UK. It sounds like a wonderful ingredient.
    *kisses* HH

  6. Mansi June 18, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    Rosemary in cupcakes! awesome – but pistachio and cherries must have given it the nice sweetness that compliments the hint of rosemary, right? lovely creation!:)

    Would you consider sending this in for the Magic Bullet contest/giveaway on my blog? they’d be perfect for the event!


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