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Green Dream Pistachio Cupcakes

The Scran Line

Pistachios and chocolate ganache have never tasted dreamier.



  • 429 grams all-purpose flour
  • 265 grams caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 375 milliliters of milk
  • 125 milliliters vegetable oil
  • 125 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (can substitute with sour cream)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 250 grams pistachios (unsalted, very finely chopped or crushed) + extra for sprinkling on top of the frosting
  • Chocolate sauce (recipe on
  • Frosting
  • 1 batch of chocolate ganache frosting (recipe on

Let's get Cooking...

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C (356F) or 160C (320F) for a fan forced oven. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well (alternatively you may do this by sifting the ingredients together). Add the softened butter and let it mix until it resembles a fine sand like texture.
  3. Next, add milk, eggs, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract in a large jug and whisk well.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl, add crushed pistachios and mix for another 20 seconds.
  5. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process otherwise you can use two tablespoons). Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
  6. Core the center of the cupcake using the end of a piping tip, an apple corer or a knife and fill with chocolate sauce.
  7. To frost the cupcakes fit the end of a piping tip with a Wilton 1M tip and frost in a swirl. Finish off with a sprinkle of finely crushed pistachios.