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Little pistachio cakes

Little pistachio cakes

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus cooling
  • Easy
  • Makes 12

These nutty little cupcakes, topped with cream cheese icing make a pretty addition to any buffet dessert or afternoon tea spread

  • Freezable (cakes only)
Nutrition: per cake
NutrientUnit
kcal444
fat33g
saturates18g
carbs30g
sugars24g
fibre1g
protein5g
salt0.6g
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Ingredients

  • 175g lightly salted butter , really soft, plus extra for greasing
  • 75g plain flour , plus extra for dusting
  • 140g pistachios , plus a few, chopped, for scattering
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk

For the icing

  • 290g tub full-fat cream cheese
  • 50g lightly salted butter , softened
  • 100g icing sugar

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and grease a 12-hole silicone muffin or friand mould, then dust with a little flour, and tip out the excess (a metal tray will work too, but line with muffin cases, as the mixture may stick). Put the pistachios in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped but not greasy. Add the remaining cake ingredients and blend again into a creamy mixture. Use 2 spoons to fill each hole of your tray 2/3 full, place on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 15 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool in the mould for 10 mins, then run a knife around the edge of each cake and turn out onto a wire rack.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, make the icing. Using an electric hand whisk, blend 3 tbsp of the cream cheese with the butter until smooth, then add the remaining cream cheese and icing sugar. Whizz again until creamy, transfer to a piping bag fitted with a small round nozzle, and chill until ready to use.

  • STEP 3

    When the cakes are cool, pipe spikes of icing on top of each one, then sprinkle with chopped pistachios. Can be made ahead – store the un-iced cakes in a sealed container for up to 3 days and chill the icing for 2 days.

Goes well with

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2015

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