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Sticky Pistachio Cake

December 21, 2016

Sticky, sweet, and full of flavor, this unique pistachio cake tastes just like pistachio marzipan.

Pistachio CakeAlthough I own many cookbooks and follow countless food blogs, I’ll be honest that it’s been a long time since I’ve made someone else’s recipe, and that’s probably because I jump on every opportunity I have to try to create new recipes for you. But after baking a few cakes from my favorite cookbooks lately, I’ve realized just how much I miss it and that I should do it more often so that I can share these recipes with you because they are delicious. Take today’s recipe for example.

This recipe is taken from the beautiful and delicious book Molly on the Range by my sweet friend Molly Yeh, and is just one of her many unique recipes with unique ingredients. This cake was the first to catch my eye because I love pistachios and there are very few recipes I know of that use them.

Pistachio Cake

The cake is really simple to make and the result is a sticky, almost candy-like cake with an absolutely incredible pistachio flavor. If you love pistachios then you’ll fall in love with this cake. It is on the sweet side and quite dense, but at the same time it’s not heavy and pairs perfectly with coffee or tea. I even noticed one of my friends taking three pieces, one after the other, and later claiming she only took one. I love that girl.

Pistachio Cake

Pistachio Cake
Sticky Pistachio Cake
YIELD: 1 loaf
Sticky, sweet, and full of flavor, this unique pistachio cake tastes just like pistachio marzipan.

  • cups unsalted roasted pistachios
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (70 g/2.5 oz) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup (2 stick/227 g) butter, at room temperature
  • cups (300 g/10.5 oz) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • ½ teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Grease a 9×4-inch loaf pan, and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper, leaving enough overhang on the sides for lifting the cake out after baking (cake is sticky so it will make it easier to release it from pan).
  2. In a food processor, grind the pistachios to a fine crumb. Be careful not to overprocess or else you will end up with pistachio butter. Measure out 1½ cups of the mixture and transfer to a medium bowl. set aside the remaining crumbs for the cake topping. Add the salt, flour, and ground almonds to the bowl with the ground pistachios, and mix to combine.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar for a few minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon zest, and almond/vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and beat just until combined. Do not overmix.
  4. scrape the batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Begin checking for doneness at 45 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the glaze: in a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and powdered sugar and pour it over the cake. Top with reserved ground pistachios.
  6. Cake keeps well in the fridge well-covered for several days.




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  • Reply
    December 17, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I like this cake, but i cant have almonds. What can i use Instead of almonds?
    Best regard Maylene

    • Reply
      December 18, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      You can use 1/2 cup all-purpose flour instead (total of 1 cup).

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    December 18, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Would it be OK to use almond flour (Bob’s Red Mill) for this recipe? It’s much more finely ground than ground almonds, so wondering if would significantly alter the texture/crumb of the cake.

    • Reply
      December 18, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      That’s OK, you can use it! The texture of the cake is very soft.

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    April 14, 2018 at 5:07 am

    Can I make this in 2 9 inch round pans?

    • Reply
      April 16, 2018 at 7:31 am

      Hi Jenny, you can use another pan, but you’ll need to calculate the amount of ingredients you’ll need if using different pan size.

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    March 23, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    I made this last week and it was delicious, so unique yet a perfect combination of flavors the whole family loved it. Will definitely be making again.

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