Pistachio cake

Try this light and fluffy pistachio cake, topped with sweet pistachio cream, fresh raspberries, crushed nuts and lime zest

  • Prep:40 mins
    Cook:40 mins
    plus cooling
  • Serves 15
  • More effort

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 514
  • fat 39g
  • saturates 19g
  • carbs 32g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 8g
  • salt 0.48g


  • 250g butter , softened, plus extra for the tin
  • 200g pistachios , roughly chopped
  • 80g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs , at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 250g mascarpone
  • 200ml double cream
  • 100g pistachio paste
  • 400g raspberries
  • 1 unwaxed lime , zested


  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line a 23cm springform cake tin. Tip 150g of the pistachios into a food processor and blitz until finely ground. Tip into a bowl and mix in the flour, baking powder and pinch of salt. Beat the butter and sugar in a separate bowl until fluffy and pale, around 5 mins. Crack in the eggs one at a time, beating well for 1 min after each addition, until they have all been added. Beat in the vanilla, then fold in the flour mixture gently. Carefully spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 35-40 mins until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Set aside to cool completely on a wire rack in the tin.

  2. Meanwhile, sift the icing sugar into a bowl, then tip in the mascarpone, double cream and pistachio paste. Beat until well combined, then set aside in the fridge for 20-30 mins to thicken to a spooning consistency.

  3. Cut the cooled cake in half horizontally using a serrated knife, so you have two layers. Put the bottom layer on a plate or cake stand and spread over a generous spoonful of the pistachio cream. Top with a generous handful of the raspberries so the cake is covered. Top with the other sponge half, then cover the top and sides of the cake with the remaining cream. Scatter over the last of the raspberries, the remaining pistachios and the lime zest to serve. Will keep chilled in an airtight container for two days. 

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