Blueberry & pistachio cake with cardamom cream
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 12
- 4 large eggs
- 225g golden caster sugar , plus extra for dusting
- 175g butter , melted and cooled
- 200g self-raising flour , plus extra for dusting
- 85g pistachio , ground
- 50g blueberry
For the cardamom cream filling
- 100g butter , softened
- 200g icing sugar
- seeds from 6 cardamom pod , ground
- 200ml double cream
- 85g pistachio , roughly chopped
- 200g blueberry
- STEP 1
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Lightly grease and line the base of 2 x 20cm sandwich tins with baking parchment. Grease the tins again, dust with a little caster sugar and a little flour, then tap out any excess.
- STEP 2
Put the eggs and sugar in a heatproof bowl and, using an electric whisk, mix briefly to combine. Place the bowl over a pan of steaming water and continue to whisk until the mixture is pale and thick – when the whisk is lifted, the mixture should leave a trail on the surface lasting about 5 secs. Remove the bowl from the pan and continue beating for 2 mins.
- STEP 3
Continue to whisk the mixture while trickling the melted butter around the edge of the bowl. Sift in the flour and ground pistachios, very gently give the mixture 2-3 folds, then add the blueberries and fold again, being careful not to knock out all the air. Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 25-30 mins, until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- STEP 4
To make the filling, beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the cardamom, then drizzle in the cream. Continue to beat until light and airy.
- STEP 5
Cool cakes in their tins for 10 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack. Remove lining paper when completely cooled. Sandwich the cakes together with the cardamom cream, top with some more, then decorate with pistachios and blueberries.