Chocolate and Pistachios cake

Chocolate and Pistachios cake

By 03/07/2012

Recently whilst on a visit to Italy I had the most gorgeous pistachio ice-cream ever: so creamy and delicate, it seems like the perfect ice cream flavour to me.

So when I went back home to the UK and I was asked to make a birthday chocolate cake I thought pistachios and white chocolate would make a good match. And indeed this cake turned out a very interesting one. Pistachios seems to combine well especially with white chocolate.

I have added a little dark chocolate for the topping but you can just use white chocolate if you prefer.

  • Prep Time : 1 hour minutes
  • Cook Time : 60 minutes



In  a bowl work the butter to a creamy consistency then add the sugar, vanilla, egg yolks and salt.
Put the white chocolate in a bowl on top of a pan with simmering water until it melts. Then add the flour and the crushed pistachios. Stir it all well in. Add a little milk if you find that the mixture is on a dry side.

Beat the egg whites to a very firm consistency then incorporate them gently to the mixture.

Cook for 60 minutes in the lower rack of a pre-heated oven at 160 C.

Whilst the cake is cooking make the topping by melting the white and dark chocolate on a very low source of heat with 70 ml of cream.

Take the cake out of the oven and test it with a toothpick to check if it is cooked. Spread the chocolate all over the cake and sprinkle the pistachios on top and all around the edges.

Beat the remaining cream with an electric whizzer and with a syringe decorate the cake.

pistachios cake slice

white and dark chocolate pistachios cake
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33 Responses to Chocolate and Pistachios cake

  1. Pegasuslegend

    Your family must worship you if they don't they should these dessert are to die for everything you make is mouth watering! WOW! another fabulous looking cake! 🙂

  2. R.Punitha

    Hi Alida , WWWWOWWWW !!!!!!Great:)))))Looks AAAAwesome.. Keep on Dear….

  3. Günther

    una gran bella torta al cioccolato, il pistacchio da un bel colore ma anche una bella nota di sapore

  4. melania

    Un dolce dai sapori inconfondibili.Vedo che il pistacchio ha conquistato anche te.Un bacio

  5. unikorna

    This is culinary art Alida :), mouthwatering.Lovely and enchanting friend I wanted to let you know I nominated you for 2 blog awards :).

  6. Javelin Warrior

    Wow, what a combination, Alida! This sounds fantastic and you're so brave to concoct a cake like this for someone's birthday… I would have been digging through trusted recipes trying to find something reliable. I'm so glad you shared and I'm sure everyone enjoyed…

  7. Gloria

    This cake look georgeous Alida!

  8. Rosita Vargas

    Alida te ha quedado de lujo rica combinación..luce fantástico,hugs,hugs.

  9. Suchi

    This cake looks awesome Alida….I am a big fan of nuts….love all kinds….bookmarking this recipe 🙂

  10. Una Semplice Passione

    I didn't know that white chocolate and pistachios go so well together. That's what I love about blogging: you can learn every day something new. Complimenti per la torta!

  11. Cucina49

    Oh. My. This looks wonderful, since I adore pistachios. I always have the most brilliant pistachio gelato when I go to Italy.

  12. Angie's Recipes

    Alida, this chocolate cake looks heavenly with pistachios!

  13. Petro Neagu

    Wow! This cake is magnificent! And you're posting the recipe just when I left home and won't be able to cook or bake for ages now 🙁 I guess I'm just going to be happy with drooling over this picture :)xoxo

  14. Kaitlin @TheGardenGrazer

    What an absolutely GORGEOUS looking treat Alida! I have no doubt it tastes just as good as it looks 🙂

  15. Anu

    WOW!!! What a fabulous cake, looks delicious with nice decoration.

  16. La cucina di Molly

    Che meraviglia cioccolato bianco e pistacchi! Complimenti, è bellissima!Ciao

  17. Betsy Brock

    yum, yum…I'll take a slice of that, please! 🙂

  18. Suzanne Bean

    I was so happy to find your blog through Unikorna!!! I have just started cooking some Italian dishes, so I look forward to reading and hopefully making some of your recipes!!! Congrats on the award!!!Best,Suzanne

  19. Jasna Varcakovic

    Recipe is perfect to satisfy everyone in my family…Some of us love dark, others white chocolate. Looks great!

  20. Enza

    di sicuro deliziosa con ciocco e pistacchi!!Complimenti!!

  21. simple baking

    Hi Alida,So sorry for not being regular for past couple of weeks. I m havng problems with my net connections here and it has kinda slowed me down :D.Lovely recipe dear! amazing combination of pistachios and white chocolate. Bookmarking this one :D.xoxoAnuja

  22. Dolcemeringa Ombretta

    questa torta e' spettacolare per non parlare della sua bonta!!!! un bacione

  23. Carmen Anderson

    What a beautiful cake Alida! I love pistachios and white chocolate! The photo is so mouth watering!

  24. Marcellina

    This cake looks so delicious! Gorgeous chocolate, pistachios and a lovely fluffy crumb! Perfect! BTW Love you photo's of Rome! I'm going to be there in October and your photos just are perfect to help me get in the vibe!

  25. claire fisher

    That looks deliciousxxx

  26. Catherine

    Dear Alida, A beautiful birthday cake. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  27. Jacqueline@HowtobeaGourmand

    Chocolate and pistachios – what a great match. I'm sure it made the perfect birthday cake.

  28. Laura loves cakes

    This is a fabulous cake! It looks so striking and the flavours sound great! 🙂

  29. simran

    delicious!!!!!!!!!!!love this ….i want a slice!really tasty.

  30. mjskit

    If I were a baker, I'd be making this cake tomorrow! It looks delicious. Gorgeous!

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