Carrot pistachio cake fat free

Carrot pistachio cake fat free

By 02/10/2015

Pistachios, plenty of juicy carrots, a touch of lemon zest and some brown sugar and wow.. I have created one of my favourite cakes ever! Here you have an awesome, wholesomeย  and rustic cake - remember not just good at tea time but also for breakfast!

I always keep a packet of pistachios in my cupboard. I love them and as soon as I run out my children ask me for more. I buy unsalted organic pistachios which have a cleaner more and intense flavour compared to the ready salted ones so I am happy to pay a little extra for them especially if they are for the children.

Today the sun is shining and even though the mornings and evenings are a little chilly one feels really warm in the mid day sunshine. The weather forecast for the weekend is looking good and so I think that a family trip out to gather chestnuts is in the offing. We live quite near an ancient deer park and there is an avenue of really old and magnificent chestnut trees - we shall be there competing with the squirrels to collect for our afternoon treat!

  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes



Grate the carrots and finely grind the pistachios using a processor. Leave about 25 pistachios aside for the final decoration.

grated carrots and ground pistachios

Whip the eggs with 50 g or 1/4 cup of sugar until soft and fluffy.

whisking eggs

Add the sifted flour with the baking powder, the ground pistachios and stir well.

Add the carrots, the remaining sugar, the juice and zest of 1 lemon and mix well.

stirring mixture

Pour onto a well greased round baking tin measuring approx 22 cm or 8.6 inch diameter.

levelling mixture

Bake at 180C -350F for 40 minutes. Leave the cake in the oven with the door left adjar for a further 10 minutes. Test the cake with a toothpick and if it is still too wet inside leave it in for a little longer.

Let the cake cool down. Squeeze the other lemon juice. In a saucepan over a low heat, soften the jam with the juice of the lemon then brush it over the cake.

brushing with jam

Bring to the boil a small pan of water then put in your remaining pistachios. Boil for a minute then drain. Put them on a tea towel and rub them to remove their skins. Decorate your cake with the pistachios.

Carrot and pistachio cake

Carrot and pistachio cake

I am entering this to "Simply Eggcellent" hosted by Dom and to "Bake of the Week"

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14 Responses to Carrot pistachio cake fat free

  1. speedy70

    Ho un debole per i pistacchi, questa torta รจ una favola!!!!!

  2. Dom

    now that is a beautiful looking cake. I love the combinations of carrots, pistachio and honey. A lovely entry for Simply Eggcellent, thank you x

    • Alida

      Thank you Dom!

  3. Elisabetta

    This is a winner. It’s fat-free, madly colourful and must surely be heavenly, what more can we ask for? Well maybe one more thing, to have a deer park nearby where I could have my cake with tea, provided the squirrels let me!!

  4. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Simply awesome! I love a good carrot cake and this looks so light, colorful, and delicious. This will be a winner for sure for the contest. Besides it has all the colors of fall. Your children must love this cake and your weekend plans sound like so much fun. You are very lucky to live near that deer park and be able to gather the chestnuts…they are yummy especially roasted. I do hope that you have a fun weekend and find a lot of chestnuts…you may have to sneak some from the squirrels.
    Ciao! Dottie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      You wouldn’t believe how many greedy squirrels with have in England and they are not scared of people at all. You can find them in most parks in city centres! They look cute though. Have a nice weekend my dear.

  5. Polly

    That looks really good Alida, and healthy too, just the sort of thing all our followers will love. I have shared it on our site for them all to see.

    • Alida

      Thank you Polly, you have a great site. Very informative and interesting and plenty to read about Italy.

  6. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    This is so GOOD that I can enjoy it as breakfast without feeling guilty at all. Well done, Alida.

  7. La cucina di Molly

    E’ semplicemente stupenda, adoro la torta di carote, con i pistacchi deve essere ancor piรน buona! Un abbraccio!

  8. Mummy Tries

    That certainly looks nice, although I’m gluten free and refined sugar free DOH! Thanks for sharing with #DiffLinky

  9. shibani

    That looks stunning, I have always played with almond meal never actually tried with pistachios. I love the colour of the cake and fat free sounds great too.

    • Alida

      I love pistachios and I always keep a bag of them in my kitchen. I am pleased you like it.

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