Almond and pistachio cake

A moistly delicious and very special cake to enjoy with a cup of strong Italian coffee
Almond and pistachio cake
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  • Serves: 10-12
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes plus cooling time
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 250 g butter, softened
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 120 g ground almonds
  • 100 g ground pistachio nuts
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons

For the pistachio topping

  • 60 g caster sugar
  • freshly squeezed juice of 2 lemons
  • 60 g pistachio nuts, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (Gas 4)

2. Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the eggs, a little at a time, and beat until firmly incorporated.

3. Stir in the ground almonds and pistachios, the flour, the baking powder and the lemon zest.

4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven.

For the topping

5. Meanwhile, make the topping. Heat the caster sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan. Stir in the pistachios. When the sugar has completely dissolved, pour the mixture evenly over the cake. Leave to cool in the tin, then turn out and serve cut into slices.

From Cafe Italia, published by Ryland, Peters and Small

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