Pistachio & Coconut Cake from Taste of Home

Mom loves to try out new recipes and Taste of Home is one of her favorite magazines that she continues to get and try out their recipes.  They have down home, real recipes for normal folks and their desserts are a favorite of hers.  She saw this beautiful Pistachio cake recently and decided to try it.  Short cut, it is made with a boxed cake mix, so yay for that.  Sometimes we need short cuts!  This is the February/March issue if you’re interested and they also have an online site, but you have to be a member to see the recipes.  I’m going to screenshot this one and hope they don’t mind.

They always have delectable desserts and lots of other down home recipes in Taste of Home.

See how pretty this looks?  We were all drawn in by this picture, so mom decided to try it. It was a big hit with all of us!

Instead of leaving the sides with no frosting, mom made enough for the whole cake.  More icing is better in our book and I bet you all feel the same way!

It’s a light and fluffy icing using whipped topping, so not heavy at all.  And the yellow cake mix is moist and delicious.  She used pecans instead of pistachios on top, since pistachios are pretty expensive. She will makes changes in recipes like that since she always keeps pecans around.

It really was delicious and we can’t wait for her to make another one, probably for Easter.  This would be great for St. Patricks Day dessert, but it would be perfect for Easter too.  It’s light and delicious and we just loved it!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.


- Rhoda


  1. Yummy can’t wait to make!?

  2. It reminds me of the Watergate Salad that was so popular when I was a newlywed.

  3. Barbara Hunnicutt Moore says:

    mmm mmm mmm. I’ll have to pick up a copy!

  4. Rhoda,the cake looks so good and your Mom is precious! Happy Tuesday~

  5. Jean from Georgia says:

    Cannot wait to give this a try. And hope you are having fun in Waco. Fixer Upper is my very favorite show on HGTV and I know you are having a fabulous time.

  6. My mom always had pecans ready in the freezer whenever a recipe called for them. She would order a twenty pound box of unshelled Stewarts coz she thought they were the best. I think I used up the last of her stash this year.

  7. Stephanie C. says:

    Have your mom check out the last page of that same Taste of Home issue. There’s a recipe for double chocolate banana muffins that is incredible! I’ve already made them 3 times since that issue came out & everyone loves them & can’t get enough.

  8. Hi Rhonda, 1st your Mom is adorable!! Miss my parents so much. It’s heartwarming to see how much you and your family loves yours. We have made this cake (similar) for years. I make it every spring using angel food cake, the light pistachio frosting and when my children were little i’d use green food coloring on the coconut for the top for “grass” and pastel nut m&m’s for “eggs.” it’s so light, perfect for easter brunch.
    Enjoy every minute in Waco!!! I can’t wait to live vicariously through you!!! Love these two, obsessed with everything shiplap and subway tile!! They inspired us to buy our own “Fixer Upper” in the lake region of Maine last year! We had a blast renovating every inch!! One bathroom left. We bought it foreclosed (scary) most of our materials were from craigslist and clearance bins. Anyway si hi to Chip and Jo!!!

  9. Your Mom is so cute. You are lucky to have such a wonderful
    role model.

  10. This cake looks yummy! Will have to try it, maybe for Easter. Your Mother is precious!

  11. Oh my gosh, two of my favorite flavors rolled into one! Yummy.

  12. Kathy Rockey says:

    Potluck at work on Thursday, they asked me to bring dessert. This is going to be it. Thanks for sharing. I, too, grew up in the South with a Mother who was a great cook. I love it, and my grown daughter shares that love, too. Your pictures and stories remind me so much of the wonderful meals my Mother prepared, in a small kitchen, with not a lot of resources except a big garden and a lot of love. We were nourished with food for our bodies and with something for our souls, too, from the love she put in.

  13. Your Mom reminds me of my mother-in-law. She loved to cook and
    could always put a meal together in a short time from her pantry and
    items she canned in the summer. Her kitchen was full of love and good food.

  14. I made this per directions to take to a visitation at church following a death and it was a HUGE HIT
    I’m baking again A winner

    • HI Leila, I’m so happy you loved it too, we sure did! It will definitely be a keeper in the family.

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