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Saturday, December 22, 2018

My favorite Christmas Cake Recipe

During the holiday season, my thoughts turn to baking. Besides numerous cookie recipes, I also love to bake holiday cakes.

This month, I’m sharing my easy and festive Pistachio Cake recipe, which is featured in my sweet romance novella, 1-800-CHRISTMAS, the second book in my home flipping series, Flipping for You.
The other cake featured in the book is the hero’s Irish Whiskey cake.

Pistachio Cake Recipe

Easy, fast, and festive, this recipe is always a treat!

You will need:

One package of white cake mix- any brand

1 package of Pistachio instant pudding- sugar free may be used instead of regular

½ cup vegetable oil

½ cup water

½ cup milk

5 eggs

Blend cake mix with 1 package of pudding. Add oil, milk, and water.  Add eggs- 1 at a time, beating well with electric mixer after each addition.

Pour into a greased (or spray with cooking spray) tube or bundt pan.

Bake 1 hour-at 350 degrees.  May be done beforehand- as ovens vary.

Cool for 30 minutes, and invert onto favorite cake platter.

For a lighter and festive topping, sprinkle with sifted confectioners sugar and sliced maraschino cherries.

Optional frosting recipe:  (Spread on cooled cake)

½ pint heavy cream

1 package instant pistachio pudding (sugar free may be used)

1 container thawed Cool Whip (fat-free may be used)

Beat heavy cream until thick. Blend in rest of ingredients. Frost as desired.


Do you have a favorite holiday cake recipe? Please share your comments below.

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Taking the high road is a whole lot easier with someone to love…

Attorney Desiree Contando can think of only one word to describe her very first home. Disaster. The vintage Queen Anne is beautiful—or will be, in about a thousand years. Certainly not in time to host the family Christmas gathering.

“Disaster” also describes the bad breakup that left her picket-fence vision in tatters. Even the carpenter she’s hired is a reminder of lost dreams—the high school crush who never spared her a passing glance. But she’s a grownup now, perfectly capable of keeping things professional.

Keiran O’Malley is back in Roses, North Carolina, lugging his own shattered dreams of home and family. Until he’s on his feet and ready to open his own Irish pub, serendipity finds him an attic apartment in Desiree’s fixer upper in exchange for his remodeling skills.

Roses is all polished up for the holidays, but nothing outshines the Cinderella beauty who owns the house. The spin of warmth between them is instantaneous…but their broken hearts may not be strong enough to build happiness on, especially when the past shows up to demand its share.

When two hearts get in a jam, it’ll take more than whiskey cake to sweeten the deal.

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.
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  1. Merry Christmas, Josie. Thanks for the recipe. Sounds simply delicious so I'm glad there are no calories in holiday treats. *LOL* Love the title of your new book. Good luck with it.

    1. Thanks so much, Joan. And you're right, there's no calories in holiday treats! Merry Christmas!

  2. I'm a fan of pistachio pudding, so the cake sounds terrific. Thanks for the recipe. Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year.

    1. Thanks, Judy. This is one of my favorite recipes. Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

  3. Sounds Great 👍
    The Book 📖 and The Recipe 🍰
    I Love Pistachio too


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