Pistachio praline & vanilla cake
- Preparation and cooking time
- Cuts into 10 slices
Pistachio praline and vanilla sponge - a nutty-tasting cake that's perfect for birthdays
For the cake
For the pistachio & vanilla filling
For the topping
- 2 tbsp water
- 100g caster sugar
- a handful of roughly chopped pistachios
- STEP 1
Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients together until you have a smooth, soft batter.
- STEP 2
Blitz the pistachios in a food processor until very fine. Add the self-raising flour and caster sugar to the nuts and blitz until completely combined. Add eggs, baking powder and milk and mix together.
- STEP 3
Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon, then bake for about 20 mins until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
- STEP 4
For the filling mix the soft cheese with the caster sugar and a few drops of vanilla essence.
- STEP 5
Sandwich the sponges with the filling. For the topping, stir 2 tbsp water with 100g caster sugar in a microwaveable bowl and microwave on High for 3-4 mins until bubbling and starting to caramelise. Stir in a handful of roughly chopped pistachios then quickly spoon onto the cake. Keep in an airtight container and eat within 2 days.