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How to make Pistachio Cake from scratch

How to make Pistachio Cake from scratch

How to make Pistachio Cake from scratch

The cake is really, really easy to make. Except for the pistachios, there are just basic ingredients in the cake which are almost always at home.

So what exactly is in this Pistachio Cake?


all-purpose flour

baking powder



granulated white sugar


sour cream



You see? Very basic ingredients.

Start with the pistachios. I recommend buying roasted, shelled, unsalted pistachios for the most powerful green color. Place pistachios in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Take care that you don’t grind too long. Otherwise, it turns into a paste.

Transfer the ground pistachios together with flour, baking powder, and salt to a medium bowl and stir to combine.

Add one egg at the time. Mix until combined before you add the next egg.

First egg:

Second egg:

Third egg:

Add sour cream and vanilla and stir to combine.

Alternately add dry ingredients and milk. Start and end with dry ingredients.

The batter is very liquid.

Transfer to a parchment paper layered 9¨ baking pan. Bake for 25-28 minutes until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

The cake is very moist, spongy, and loaded with pistachio flavor. Pistachio Cake is best eaten on the second day because it needs a few hours until the taste is fully evolved.

How to convert Pistachio Cake into muffins

In case you want to make muffins, line two 12 muffin pans with 16-18 cupcake liners and fill 3/4 full with Pistachio Cake batter. This works best with an ice cream scoop or tablespoon. Bake muffins at 425°F / 220°C for 5 minutes then lower the temperature to 350°F / 175°C and bake additional 11-14 minutes or until a toothpick centered in the middle comes out clean.

Let the muffins cool completely. As long as they are still warm, they stick to the paper and don’t come off the paper easily. If you let them sit overnight, you can easily peel off the paper.

Which Frosting goes with Pistachio Cake

The best frosting for Pistachio Cake is chocolate cream cheese frosting. It is sweet, salty, chocolatey and fits the pistachio taste of the cake just perfectly. If you are not in the mood for chocolate, I recommend a homemade orange pistachio syrup. Orange and pistachio is a great flavor combination. However you decide, I got you covered with both recipes.

Here you find the recipe for the chocolate cream cheese frosting which I used. I made just half of the frosting. The whole recipe would be too much for a single layered cake. But if you doubled the recipe and made a double layered Pistachio Cake, you would go with the full recipe.

The orange pistachio syrup is super easy to make. Cook roasted, salted, shelled pistachios, sugar, orange juice, and a bit of orange zest in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar is completely dissolved and the syrup coats the back of a spoon, about 3-4 minutes. Drizzle over the cake just before serving.

How to store Pistachio Cake

Store cake or muffins in an airtight container at room temperature. I recommend adding toppings just before serving. If you drizzle the orange syrup over the whole cake, it soaks through and gets wet.

If it is very warm and humid where you live, you may want to store the Pistachio Cake (Muffins) in the fridge. Let come to room temperature before serving and add toppings of your choice.

How to freeze Pistachio Cake

Pistachio Cake is always best eaten fresh. However, if you plan to freeze the whole cake, let the Pistachio Cake let cool completely. Then wrap tightly in plastic wrap twice. Then wrap in foil twice. Place the wrapped cake in a large freezer bag and remove as much air as possible. It freezes well up to 1 month.

To thaw, unwrap the cake, put it on a wire rack, and let stand at room temperature for 3-4 hours. Then transfer to an airtight container. Eat within 2 days.

To freeze single slices, tightly wrap each slice in plastic wrap twice. Then place in freezer bags and squeeze out all the air. Slices freeze well up to 1 month. For thawing, unwrap single slices and place uncovered on the counter for 1-2 hours. Do the same with Pistachio Cake Muffins.

Note: Do not add any toppings before freezing. Otherwise, it gets soggy at the top while thawing. Add toppings just before serving.

However, fresh Pistachio Cake is always better than a frozen one. I just want to repeat it.

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Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C. Line the bottom and the sides of a 9" (23cm) springform pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Place pistachios in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Don't grind too long. Otherwise, it turns into a paste. Transfer to a bowl and add flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl with a stand or handheld mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until creamy for about 2-3 minutes. Add 1 egg at the time and mix until incorporated. Add sour cream and vanilla* and stir to combine. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Stir just until combined.

Transfer to the prepared baking pan and bake for about 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to let cool completely.

Orange pistachio syrup (OPTIONAL): In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, cook pistachios, sugar, orange juice, and orange zest until sugar is completely dissolved and syrup coats the back of a spoon, about 3-4 minutes.

Pour syrup over cooled cake slices just before serving. Store leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days. Reheat leftover syrup to liquefy again, if necessary.

Recipe Video


*First, cut off the straight end of the vanilla bean. Then place the tip of your knife below the curled end and cut the vanilla bean through the middle of the bean lengthwise with a sharp knife. Although you don't need to cut it all the way through, it's ok when you do so. Then open the vanilla bean and scrape out the flavorful seeds with the back of your knife. Just use the seeds.


Read the blog post for additional information on how to make, store, and freeze Pistachio Cake, how to convert it into muffins, and which frosting goes with Pistachio Cake. Find here a recipe for chocolate cream cheese frosting.

Watch step-by-step photos to see the required consistency in every step.

Watch the 32-seconds recipe video to see the whole process of making Pistachio Cake.

I made this cake this morning. The only change I made was to use half vanilla and half almond extract. It’s wonderful. I made a cream cheese frosting for it but it’s really great just plain. I didn’t use the syrup. Really great cake.

Hello, may I know the measurements of the ground pistachio that is used for the cake? I bought pre ground pistachios from the supermarket so I’m not sure how 1 cup of pistachios will measure once grounded?

I made this cake as muffin like a week ago. This recipe is really cook cause it doesn’t use the store bought mix. I accidently left out sugar when I creaming butter, which was a total mistake, hahaha. When I realized that I forgot to put sugar in batter, I already pour the batter into the first batch in the tin, so I added some sugar to each one. I put 3/4 amount of sugar to the rest of the batter, then I baked them. In short, I love both versions. This is so delicious and even less sugar version is delicious, too. I probably make the less sugar version and regular version again. Thanks so much!

For a 9×13¨ baking pan, I would calculate the ingredients x 1.5. The eggs would be 4.5 but you can go with just 4 eggs. It can be that the cake takes a couple of minutes longer to bake through. I recommend checking with a toothpick. Hope that helps!

Thanks for the recipe! I made it last night with only one change – I used half vanilla and half almond extract. The cake is good, nice texture, not too sweet. I’d probably do 1/4 tsp salt next time since I use salted butter, and maybe see how it turns out with two eggs instead of three. But overall it’s a nice change from my usual. Thanks again!

I made minicupcakes from this recipe. Worked perfectly!!!! About 14 minutes was enough and they are stil light but moist. I topped them with a creme cheese frosting with vanilla and orange zest en on every cupcake a fresh raspberry to cut throug the sweetness of the frosting. They were amazing !!!!

I’ve made this cake several times. It is moist and delicious and people rave when I make it. Sometimes I top it with chocolate ganache followed by the orange syrup/pistachios, and other times just the orange syrup with pistachios. Either way it is a wonderful recipe to keep!

Im going to make this!! I am going to a womens meet up group and think this will be lovely. I dont have a spring form pan though. Do you think cupcakes would work? I have a loaf pan but i worry it wont be as beautiful or dessert-like. I also have 8” cake pans but will it get stuck? What do you think?

I’m not sure about cupcakes because of the baking time. Also, the texture is not that light like cupcakes should be. It is more moist than cupcakes. You could bake them in 8¨ cake pans for sure. They will bake slightly longer till they are baked through, just check with a toothpick. That the cake doesn’t stick to the pan, cut out an 8¨ circle and about 2¨ strips of parchment paper and line the bottom and the sides of the pan. When the cake is cooled, flip over the pan and the cake will come out easily. Then remove the paper and voilá. Hopefully, this helps.

The Best Healthy Fast Food Options

Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.

Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.

In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.

Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.

1. Subway

Sandwich with cheese and vegetables

One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.

Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.

Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.

A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.

Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.

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2. Taco Bell

Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.

According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.

One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.

Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.

3. Chipotle

Vegetable burritos

Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.

Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.

Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.

For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.

4. McDonald's

McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.

Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.

5. Burger King

Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.

It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.

BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.

6. Wendy

Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate

Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.

Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.

The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.

Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.

With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes

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