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 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. 


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


– 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 


– 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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  1. Y Magro
    July 31, 2015 / 10:56 am

    That looks so delicious! I like every kind of cake:)Stay fabulous x

    • Fii Cridland
      August 1, 2015 / 1:15 pm

      It's a pretty spiffy cake. And allll cake is the best cake ;)xo

    • Fii Cridland
      August 1, 2015 / 2:07 pm

      No problem 🙂 xo

  2. Sophie
    July 31, 2015 / 8:54 pm

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

    • Fii Cridland
      August 1, 2015 / 4:29 pm

      Let me know how it works out for you!! :Dxo

  3. Annabel B
    July 31, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    Ohh I adore pistachios, so this is a must for me!Annabel ♥Mascara & Maltesers

    • Fii Cridland
      August 1, 2015 / 4:48 pm

      They're sooooooo goooooooooood aren't they :DD xo

  4. Emma Reilly
    August 1, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    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

    • Fii Cridland
      August 1, 2015 / 4:29 pm

      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

  5. Naomi Mango
    August 1, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    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 🙂

    • Fii Cridland
      August 1, 2015 / 8:42 pm

      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!! 😀 xo

  6. The Style Rawr
    August 1, 2015 / 8:27 pm

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

  7. A Christian Sister Perspective
    August 1, 2015 / 9:35 pm

    Looks delicious I'll have to try this!!!! It's seems so simple I hope my turns out good!By the way I write a blog too! http://achristiansisterperspective.blogspot.comI'd love it if you checked us out and added us to your circles if you like! Thanks a million for your support!

  8. Amy Jayne
    August 1, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    This looks delicious! I definitely need to try and give this a go! Amzy In Wonderland x

  9. Sylvia Said
    August 2, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    Oh my words—this looks absolutely amazing <3 <3 <3 Add pistachios to anything and it becomes instantly so much better~xxxShe Will Be

  10. Lily Rose
    July 28, 2016 / 1:12 pm

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

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