Pistachio Cake / Pista Cake With White Chocolate Glaze

45 mins
Serves 6 people
Author: Rajni Ram
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Baking a cake with Pistachio has been on my mind for a long time now, and I recently got to try my hand at it. The result was stunning. But I must say not everyone has a liking for the intense Pista flavour. I must add that I have not used any food colour for the cake and what is seen is the natural Pistachio green, which is a dull green, unlike the bright green store bought ones.

Well, this cake was totally inspired by some wonderful chocolate bars (both dark and white), that we bought recently from Fabelle by @itcltd. Just imagining the taste of Pistachio and white chocolate together was making me crave it, and so this cake came about.

Baking is something I enjoy doing over the weekend. It is such a stress buster. But then I don’t prefer the heavy frosting cakes, therefore I don’t bake them at home. I am just happy with a Ganache or fudge topping.

As I always claim about my baking recipes, this one too is a single bowl recipe. No mess and no extra clean up. Let’s get to the recipe right away.

While you are here check out my other bakes like Apple Crumble, Blueberry Cheese cake, Upside down orange vanilla cake, Oatmeal cookies, Easy two way muffins, Apple Tea Cake, Eggless Pineapple cake and more…

Ingredients

Ingredients

  1. Pista/ Pistachios unsalted 100 GM
  2. Refined Flour/ Maida 1/2 cup or 70 GM approx.
  3. Unsalted butter 100 GM
  4. Refined oil /Coconut Oil  1/4 cup
  5. Icing sugar/ castor sugar/ sugar powder 100 GM
  6. Lemon zest of 1 whole Lemon
  7. Eggs 2
  8. Vanilla essence 2 drops
  9. Baking powder 1 tsp
  10. Salt 1/2 tsp
  11. Ghee/Butter for greasing the baking mold 2 tsp
  12. Ingredients for White Chocolate glaze:
  13. White chocolate ( invest in a good quality one) 40 GM
  14. Whipping cream 1 cup + 2 tbsp chilled
  15. Castor sugar/ icing sugar 1 tbsp less than 1/2 cup
  1. To make the cake – In a pan roast the Pistachios very lightly. They just need to get warm, and not change colour. Cool them and pulse them to a fine powder in a blender. Preheat oven to 200 C for 10 mins.
  2. In a bowl cream the butter, oil  and sugar with a beater. Now add half the amount of Pistachio powder and half the amount of flour and beat. Add the remaining Pista powder, baking powder, and flour and beat again until combined. The mixture will appear a little dry.
  3. Now add one egg at a time and beat to combine. Finally, add the lemon zest and vanilla essence and give a finally spin with the beater. Now using a spatula, scrape the sides and stir just once. The cake batter is ready.
  4. Grease a circular cake mold or Loaf pan, and pour the cake batter into it. Tap once gently to remove any air gaps and put it in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Since each oven has a different setting, keep checking for fineness from 15 minutes onward. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. To Make the glaze– Bring the White chocolate to room temperature. Take the chocolate in a bowl, add 2 tbsp cream and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Bring it out and stir vigorously so that the melted white chocolate combines with the cream evenly. Cool it for 10 minutes.
  6. In the meanwhile, take the chilled cream in a bowl, add the castor sugar and start beating until it turns airy and forms soft peaks. Once soft peaks form, don’t whip it any more. Add the white chocolate mixture and gently fold it in with a spatula. Put it in the fridge until further use.
  7. To assemble the cake– Let the cake cool naturally. Now bring out the white chocolate glaze and using a spatula gently spread it on the cake. I have left the sides uncovered. Spread generously to form a 1 cm coating. Sprinkle some Pistachio powder over the glaze and some split pistachios too. Add a few edible rose petals for contrast. Keep in fridge until it’s ready to serve.  (no pictures)

Directions for cake

In a pan roast the Pistachios very lightly. They just need to get warm, and not change colour. Cool them and pulse them to a fine powder in a blender. Preheat oven to 200 C for 10 mins. In a bowl cream the butter, oil  and sugar with a beater. Now add half the amount of Pistachio powder and half the amount of flour and beat. Add the remaining Pista powder, baking powder, and flour and beat again until combined. The mixture will appear a little dry. Now add one egg at a time and beat to combine. Finally, add the lemon zest and vanilla essence and give a finally spin with the beater. Now using a spatula, scrape the sides and stir just once. The cake batter is ready. Grease a circular cake mold or Loaf pan, and pour the cake batter into it. Tap once gently to remove any air gaps and put it in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Since each oven has a different setting, keep checking for fineness from 15 minutes onward. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Directions for making glaze

Bring the White chocolate to room temperature. Take the chocolate in a bowl, add 2 tbsp cream and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Bring it out and stir vigorously so that the melted white chocolate combines with the cream evenly. Cool it for 10 minutes. In the meanwhile, take the chilled cream in a bowl, add the castor sugar and start beating until it turns airy and forms soft peaks. Once soft peaks form, don’t whip it any more. Add the white chocolate mixture and gently fold it in with a spatula. Put it in the fridge until further use.

How to assemble (no pictures)

Let the cake cool naturally. Now bring out the white chocolate glaze and using a spatula gently spread it on the cake. I have left the sides uncovered. Spread generously to form a 1 cm coating. Sprinkle some Pistachio powder over the glaze and some split pistachios too. Add a few edible rose petals for contrast. Keep in fridge until it’s ready to serve.

4 thoughts on "Pistachio Cake / Pista Cake With White Chocolate Glaze"

  1. Alpana Nagar says:

    Awesome

    1. Rajni Ram says:

      Thank You.

  2. June says:

    Gorgeous cake!

    1. Rajni Ram says:

      Thanks a lot.

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