31 Jul 2015

Baking Adventures: Chocolate & Pistachio cake


Cake. Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake.

Pistachio and chocolate cake, to be precise. Lovely addition to our recipe book, even if a large quantity of pistachios were brutally crushed in the making of this cake. And by crushed, I mean positively blitzed. To smithereens. 

This is a sort-of-not-quite-really homage to the new series of The Great British Bake Off (who's excited???), because if that's not the best excuse to make cake, then I don't know what it. 

Other than, for the heck of it. (Also birthdays are a pretty good cause.)

I've rambled on enough, you're obviously here for a recipe, so let's just get right to it. 





The recipe that we used was one for Pistachio & milk chocolate squares - a bbcgoodfoodshow.com epic. If you like Pistachios and milk chocolate. We swapped the need for a square tin to make the more traditional circular cake, adding a smidge of baking powder to help the rise. 


ingredients:

140g shelled pistachios
200g milk chocolate - broken into chunks
200g golden caster sugar
200g very soft butter
3 eggs
200g self-raising flour
100ml milk
150ml soured cream  
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder


method:

- heat your oven to 180c / 160c for fans / gas mark 4
- blitz 125g of the pistachios with 75g of chocolate and roughly half the sugar until they're very finely chopped in a food processor
- in a bowl, add remaining sugar, butter, eggs, flour and milk
- if you wish, add a dash of salt
- tip the finely chopped pistachio/chocolate mix into this bowl and beat together
- pour into your tin (we split the mixture equally between two tins, as it makes cake building easier!)
- bake for 35-45 minutes, until a skewer poked in comes out clean
- leave to cool 

icing&filling: 

- melt the remaining milk chocolate (slowly! no one likes that burned chocolate smell)
- stir in the cream 
- cool until spreadable

- if you have one cake, cut that in half, if you have two, pick which will be the base and which will be the top
- spread some icing over the base, and press the top sponge back on
- the remaining icing goes over the top
- chop the remaining pistachios roughly and scatter them over the cake 
- you could also grate a little chocolate over the top too


And that's it! A pretty easy recipe, combining two awesome ingredients, that you could definitely swap out if you don't like pistachios. I definitely would suggest the food processor vs the traditional method of popping things in a plastic bag and whacking it with a rolling pin/heavy object. Seriously therapeutic, but doesn't get the same kind of fine dicing. 

What's your favourite cake flavour? 



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17 comments

  1. That looks so delicious! I like every kind of cake:)

    Stay fabulous x
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    1. It's a pretty spiffy cake. And allll cake is the best cake ;)

      xo

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  2. That looks so jummy! Thx for sharing!
    http://theguidetojoy.blogspot.se/

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  3. This looks gorgeous! I love pistachios too so I definitely want to give it a go! :)

    sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Let me know how it works out for you!! :D

      xo

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  4. Ohh I adore pistachios, so this is a must for me!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. They're sooooooo goooooooooood aren't they :DD

      xo

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  5. Ohh never tried that combo before but looks delicious! I like white chocolate and raspberry cakes but pretty much any cake gets a thumbs up from me. I cannot wait for GBBO to start!!!

    Emma xx

    www.alittlefreckle.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. oH GOSH white chocolate and raspberry that is my next cake to make YES. I'm so so so excited for GBBO it's getting ridiculous!

      xo

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  6. Oh wow, such a different combo but I bet it's delicious! I'm actually gunna try and watch GBBO this year and it starts on my birthday! Woop :) xx

    www.ohhellomango.co.uk

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    1. ooO best birthday present! Aha it's a great series, I love that it unites the UK something fierce. let me know how it goes!! :D xo

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  7. Oh my days, this sounds DELICIOUS. I looooooove cake!

    Tara x

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  8. Looks delicious I'll have to try this!!!! It's seems so simple I hope my turns out good!

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  9. This looks delicious! I definitely need to try and give this a go!

    Amzy In Wonderland x

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  10. Oh my words---this looks absolutely amazing <3 <3 <3 Add pistachios to anything and it becomes instantly so much better~
    xxx
    She Will Be

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  11. This cake looks so delicious! I'm definitely going to have to try this!
    - Lily xx

    www.lilyroserichards.blogspot.co.uk

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