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What to bake this weekend: Frosted pistachio cake

Looking for a home baking project this weekend? Cake is always a good idea, and it doesn't even have to be anyone's birthday!


Sarah Finnan
25th Sep 2022
What to bake this weekend: Frosted pistachio cake

Made from scratch with fresh ingredients, this frosted pistachio cake is full of flavour. Garnish with fresh berries, pistachios, and flowers for added aesthetics.

Frosted pistachio cake
Serves 10

Ingredients

For the cake

  • Butter and flour, for greasing
  • 2 cups (250g) shelled pistachios
  • 2¼ cups (280g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 scant tbsp (11g) baking powder
  • 2 pinches baking soda
  • 1 generous pinch fleur de sel
  • 180g unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150g) superfine sugar
  • ? cup (150g) brown sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ cup (120g) crème fraîche
  • 1 tsp bitter almond extract
  • Scant 1 cup (240ml) low-fat milk

For the frosting and decoration

  • 1 cup (250g) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 7 tbsp (110g) unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature
  • 3 cups (400g) confectioners’ sugar
  • Shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
  • Assorted berries and fresh herbs


Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Grease a 9½-in. (24-cm) springform pan with butter and dust with flour.
  2. Pulse the pistachios into fine crumbs using a food processor. Place in a mixing bowl and stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and fleur de sel until combined.
  3. In a separate large bowl, beat together the butter, superfine sugar, and brown sugar. Using an electric beater, whisk in the egg whites one at a time, then whisk at high speed for 2–3 minutes until light and creamy. Stir in the crème fraîche and almond extract. Gradually fold in the dry ingredients. Stir in the milk.
  4. Transfer the batter to the pan. Bake for 40–45 minutes, or until the tip of a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for about 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Transfer to a serving plate and let cool for 15–20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the frosting. Stir together the cream cheese and butter until smooth, then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Chill for about 15 minutes.
  6. Spread a thick layer of frosting over the top of the cake and decorate as you wish with pistachios, berries, and herbs.

Note: The undecorated frosted cake can be stored for 2–3 days in the refrigerator; take it out about 30 minutes before serving and decorate.


Extracted from My Art of Entertaining: Recipes and Tips from Miss Maggie’s Kitchen by Héloïse Brion (Flammarion, 2022).

Photography by Christophe Roué 2022.