Here is a pudding-in-the-mix kind of cake from scratch. On a whim, I made one the other day. Wasn't much effort at all.
Pistachio Pudding Cake
3 egg whites
2 ¼ cups flour
1 box pistachio pudding mix (or substitute another flavor)
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour a 9 x 13 glass pan.
Beat the egg whites until a bit frothy.
Mix the flour, pudding mix, salt and baking powder together. Set aside.
In a mixer, blend the milk, oil, vanilla and sugar.
Mix in the eggs.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Beat until combined.
Beat on high speed for 1 full minute, scraping bowl as needed.
Bake for 30 minutes or a little longer--until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool.
Ice your cake with this yummy frosting:
½ cup shortening
½ cup butter
¼ cup milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 cups powdered sugar
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
Chopped pistachios, optional
Blend ingredients and spread on cake.