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How to Make Pistachio Buttercream

This fluffy pistachio buttercream pairs exceptionally well with chocolate cake. If you love pistachios, you’ll love this buttercream!

This fluffy pistachio buttercream pairs exceptionally well with chocolate cake. If you love pistachios, you'll love this buttercream!

So, you love pistachios? Me too.

But for some reason, I never thought of making pistachio buttercream up until I made my pistachio macarons. Oh man, was I missing out! With my leftover homemade pistachio paste, I whipped up this ultra-fluffy pistachio buttercream. It pairs beautifully with chocolate cake, but I can imagine it’ll compliment any cake, or cupcake. 

And just like any basic buttercream, it’ll take minutes to make it. Beat the butter and pistachio paste. Check. Beat in powdered sugar, cream and vanilla extract. Check. 

Pistachio buttercream- step by step photo directions

And deliciously nutty, fluffy buttercream is ready to dress whatever baked goods you have. I used this frosting for my mini chocolate layer cakes. Absolutely delicious!

Mini Chocolate Layer Cakes with Pistachio Buttercream


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Pistachio Buttercream

This fluffy pistachio buttercream pairs exceptionally well with chocolate cake. If you love pistachios, you’ll love this buttercream!

Total Time:5 min


  • ½ cup (115gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup (60gr) pistachio paste
  • 2 cups (250gr) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. In large mixing bowl with paddle attachment, or using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter and pistachio paste until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

This recipe makes enough frosting for 12 cupcakes.

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  1. I have used this recipe several times now. Love it! The only thing I add, is a 1/4 tsp almond extract. It just enhances the flavor of the pistachio, that much more!

  2. Can this be used for filling chocolate bon bons?

  3. This pistachio buttercream was delicious! I have been searching for a pistachio extract to flavor frosting that didn’t taste like garbage with no luck. My husband shared this recipe and everyone raved about it. I used it as a macaron filling, and it was great. Thank you for solving my pistachio problem!

    Rating: 5
  4. Can I use pistacchio cream instead of the paste

  5. Can this buttercream filling be used in French macarons? 

  6. This was awesome! I made my own paste as indicated. The only modification I made was to add a couple of drops of green food coloring to balance the color, without it, the color was a rather unappetizing muddy brown-green.

    Rating: 5
  7. If I were to use this on a cake what size cake does it cover or how many cups does it make? Thanks!

  8. Thanks very much for this! This is super exciting – France is my wife and my favorite place in the world, and her favorite flavor is pistachio. One of her favorite things is pistachio flan, which you generally just won’t find stateside (we hardly know what flan is.) Do you have any thoughts on what version of pistachio concoction to add to a flan recipe to flavor it properly?

    • Hi, Michael! Thanks for reaching out. I think you can add a little bit of pistachio paste in the custard. Or you can also scald milk, add chopped pistachio and let it sit for couple of hours to infuse the milk with pistachio flavor. And top the flan with some fresh pistachio would be great. Now I kind of want to try making it. 🙂 Let me know if you try this.

  9. Can cake with pistachio  filling  be frozen?

  10. would this recipe work with dry freeze strawberries?

  11. recipe looks great but instead of using heavy whipping cream, can i substitute it with milk? Also, can i just use pistachio flour instead of pistachio paste?

  12. this recipe looks fantastic but was unable to open.  says skip to recipe but doesnt open; thanks.