Romance Cooks

Pistachio Cake – Jennifer Bray Weber

This cake is a great dessert for warm weather. Light, fluffy, and oh-so yummy. I admit, I’m not a fan of cooking. Anything with more than 6 ingredients and I’ll leave the cooking to the chef – my hubby. But I’ve wowed my family and friends with this oh-so easy cake. It’s sweetly delicious!

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Pistachio Cake



· 1 box white cake mix

· 1 package (3.5 oz.) instant pistachio pudding mix

· 3 eggs

· 1 cup vegetable oil

· 1 can (12 oz.) lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite or 7Up)


· 1 package (3.5 oz.) instant pistachio pudding mix

· 1 ½ cups milk

· 1 tub frozen whipped topping (8oz.), thawed

· ¼ cup chopped pistachio nuts, for garnish



1. Heat oven to 350°. Coat two 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. Line the bottoms of pans with wax paper and spray again.

2. Beat cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and soda on high for 2 minutes.

3. Divide batter equally into the pans. Bake for 35 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

4. Cool completely before frosting


1. Beat pudding mix and milk until blended, about 2 minutes.

2. Fold in whipped topping

3. Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate and frost the top using about 1 cup of frosting. Place the remaining layer on top and frost the top and sides. Garnish with nuts (optional).

4. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.



Pirate captain Thayer Drake lures ships onto reefs for plunder, and business is lucrative. Yet, saving a lass from drowning after her ship wrecks becomes more than he bargained for when the crazy wench dives back into the raging sea for her blasted purse.

Tavern songstress Gilly McCoy, penniless and fleeing from the man who murdered her lover, stowed away on the doomed ship. Now at Drake’s mercy, Gilly must earn her passage by performing for the captain. And that is not all: she must also kiss the captain at every ring of the ship’s bell. But she discovers kissing the handsome rogue is not entirely a bad bargain…

Drake is intrigued by the beauty, but there is no room in his black heart for a woman. He has demons that he drinks nightly to forget. Meanwhile, Gilly has her own secrets to keep—including why her purse is more valuable to her than her life…

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