Pistachio praline & vanilla cake

Pistachio praline & vanilla cake

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Cook: 30 mins


Cuts into 10 slices
Pistachio praline and vanilla sponge - a nutty-tasting cake that's perfect for birthdays

Nutrition and extra info

  • Cake base freezes well for 3 months
  • Easily doubled

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal409
  • fat19g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars42g
  • fibre0.5g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.5g
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    For the cake

    • 200g caster sugar
    • 200g softened butter



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    • 4 eggs, beaten



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    • 150g self-raising flour
    • 100g pistachio
    • 1 tsp baking powder
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    • 2 tbsp milk



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    For the pistachio & vanilla filling

    • 200g pot full fat soft cheese
    • 100g caster sugar
    • a few drops vanilla essence



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    For the topping

    • 2 tbsp water
    • 100g caster sugar
    • a handful of roughly chopped pistachios


    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.

    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.

    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.

    4. For the filling mix the soft cheese with the caster sugar and a few drops of vanilla essence.

    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.

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    Gabrielle Elle
    22nd Jun, 2017
    I made this cake yesterday, and reading all the other comments I do see that the method is poorly written but I thought that was easy to ignore. I made the cake and it ended with spectacular results (and I did use the topping and can't imagine it without it). Many people tried the cake and some even said it was one of the best they'd ever had. I wouldn't change anything about this recipe (apart from I had no vanilla essence so I used maple syrup). I think this is an amazing cake.
    2nd Jun, 2015
    I was initially put off from making this cake because of quite a badly written recipe and negative comments. I decided to make it and adjust the recipe - mainly leaving out the praline topping! I rewrote the recipe which I'm hoping is easier to follow on my blog http://www.curlyscooking.co.uk/?p=2079
    10th Aug, 2014
    Eeeehhh, you forgot the butter! Lovely cake - baked it today - but you forgot to mention in the method how /when to incorporate the butter, so I didn't! So, the cake was a bit dry. However, miraculously it turned out okay otherwise...
    31st Mar, 2014
    This recipe is a good idea but the method is very confusing! I wrote a blog post on this cake, how it turned out and an alternative method which I used instead! http://www.bloglovin.com/frame?post=2578783919&group=0&frame_type=b&blog=11802631&link=aHR0cDovL21ha2V1cGFuZG1hY2Fyb29ucy5ibG9nc3BvdC5jb20vMjAxNC8wMy9waXN0YWNoaW8tYW5kLXZhbmlsbGEtY2FrZS5odG1s&frame=1&click=0&user=0
    katycooks's picture
    25th Oct, 2013
    I commented on this several hours ago and yet my post isn't appearing - do posts get removed if they are critical? I'll try again: 1. The method for making the sponges is clearly flawed. A novice baker would be utterly flummoxed! 2. Why suggest adding caster sugar to the mascarpone when icing sugar works better? 3. The topping is a disaster and is unnecessary. Either put more of the mascarpone on top and sprinkle the chopped pistachios on that, or just dust the top of the cake with a bit of icing sugar and/or a mixture of icing sugar and more ground pistachios.
    katycooks's picture
    24th Oct, 2013
    This is a badly flawed recipe. As mentioned by others, the method for making the sponges makes no sense at all. Also I think using caster sugar for the filling makes no sense either - I used icing sugar which gave a nice smooth result. As for the topping, having taken heed of the negative comments about it, I merely swirled a little of it around in circles on the top of the cake and then sprinkled the chopped pistachios over that. I did end up with a very nice cake, but only because I ignored half the recipe. Not very impressive at all GF - you should fix this recipe!
    17th Feb, 2013
    Is it really necessary to bake two cakes and then put them on top of each other? I treid other recipes where it was written to do so but I never did it....I always cut the cake in two! And they always work well!
    11th Oct, 2010
    I made a little mistake by putting in bicarb of soda in instead of baking powder so then added the baking powder aswel, lol!! The sponge was lovely, really moist, light and the taste of the pistachio's really came through but they really do have to be whizzed up finely. The filling was great I added more than a few drops of vanilla extract to get the taste. The praline top just didn't work do not know what I did wrong it was just like a brick - fortunately was only cooking for close family so it was a laugh but i wouldn't try the praline again.
    28th Apr, 2010
    There seems to be a lot of confusion over this recipe. I ground the nuts and then mixed with the other dry ingredients and then mixed in all the wet ingredients. Very nice. If not quite as light as some of the other cakes in this set.
    20th Jan, 2009


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    Thomas Halpin
    17th Oct, 2018
    I love pistachio and i love vanilla so putting them together was a great idea. I might actually make this recipe for once instead of commenting dumb things thank you so much will check if theres anymore nutty dishes by you thanks again from my country of England and Spally03 the 5006765 sub youtuber
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