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Luscious pistachio and lemon cake: a twist of citrus with traditional flavors

Luscious pistachio and lemon cake: a twist of citrus with traditional flavors

This luscious Lemon Pistachio Delight Cake blends the earthy crunch of pistachios with the bright zest of lemon, creating a refreshing and sophisticated dessert. Featuring a moist, pistachio-infused cake base and topped with a creamy, tangy frosting, this cake is a perfect balance of nutty and citrus notes. Optional matcha powder adds a subtle depth of flavor and a pop of color, making this cake as beautiful as it is delicious.

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Why you will love this cake:

  1. Unique flavor combination: Hazelnut pistachios combined with vibrant lemon create a delicious taste experience.
  2. Soft and tender: The texture of the cake is incredibly soft and moist, thanks to the full-fat yogurt and olive oil.
  3. Versatile for many occasions: Whether it's a casual tea party or a festive gathering, this cake fits the bill perfectly.

Perfect occasion: This cake is ideal for spring and summer gatherings, such as garden parties, Easter celebrations, or simply as a refreshing dessert after a family dinner. It's also a great choice for birthdays and other celebrations for those who enjoy a less traditional cake flavor.

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Decorating Tips:

  • Garnish with crushed pistachios sprinkled on top for added texture and a pop of color.
  • Add thin lemon slices or swirls of zest to the glaze for a decorative touch that hints at the citrus flavor inside.
  • Serve each slice on a plate drizzled with a little lemon glaze for an even tangier finish.

Ingredients:

  • Pistachio cake batter:
    • 142 g all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
    • ¼ teaspoon of salt
    • 1 teaspoon of powdered green tea (optional)
    • 120g caster sugar
    • 40 g finely ground pistachios
    • 60 ml olive oil
    • 1 large egg, room temperature
    • 120 ml of whole yogurt
    • 2 teaspoons of lemon zest
    • 60 ml milk, room temperature
    • 5 ml of pure vanilla extract
  • Cream cheese frosting:
    • 125 g of softened fresh cheese
    • 160 ml whipped cream
    • 35g caster sugar
    • 5 ml lemon juice
    • 5 ml of pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C) and prepare an 8×8 inch square baking pan by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. For the cake batter, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and green tea powder (if using) into a large bowl. Add the sugar and ground pistachios.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the olive oil, egg, yogurt, lemon zest, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, folding gently until the dough is smooth and free of dry spots.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Let cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  6. For the frosting, beat the softened cream cheese with a small amount of cream until smooth. Gradually add the rest of the cream, beating until soft peaks form. Add the sugar, then the lemon juice and vanilla, beating until the icing is thick but spreadable.
  7. Once the cake has completely cooled, frost it generously, then sprinkle with crushed pistachios.

Enjoy this refreshing and sophisticated Pistachio Lemon Delight Cake, a true celebration of flavor and texture!

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