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Pistachio Cake
Pistachio Cake
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Pistachio Cake

Preparation
40 MIN
Cooking
50 MIN
Servings
12
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Ingredients

Cake

Pistachio Praline

Pistachio Buttercream

Preparation

Cake

  1. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 180 ° C (350 ° F). Line two 20 cm (8 in) in diameter springform pans with parchment paper. Butter.
  2. In a bowl, combine the water, oil, eggs and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the liquid ingredients and blend until the batter is smooth.
  4. Divide the batter into the two pans and bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let cool. Unmould and cool completely on rack.

Pistachio Praline

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a saucepan, cook all the ingredients over high heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the sugar crystallizes on the pistachios. Spread immediately on the sheet and let cool completely.
  3. In a food processor, coarsely chop half of the pistachios. Set aside.

Pistachio Buttercream

  1. In a food processor, finely chop the pistachios. Add the eggs, corn syrup, food colouring and blend well. Sift into the upper part of a double boiler (off the heat) and whisk in the sugar.
  2. Place the double boiler over simmering water and whisk nonstop for 8 to 10 minutes until the mixture thickens and forms a ribbon. Remove from the heat and whip with an electric mixer until completely cooled. Add the butter, one or two cubes at a time, beating until the buttercream is very smooth.

Assembly

  1. On a work surface, with a knife, remove the crown of the cakes so it is flat and level. Frost the first cake with one third of the buttercream. Sprinkle with the unchopped half of the pistachio praline. Cover with the other cake and frost entirely with the remaining buttercream. Press the chopped pistachio praline around the cake. Store in a cool area but not refrigerated.

Note

Good to know

If the buttercream seems too soft, refrigerate for a few minutes, then whisk again.

This majestic pistachio cake must be made with unsalted nuts. Unfortunately, they are not sold everywhere. They are often found in health food stores. Otherwise, buy shelled salted pistachios. Simply rinse them under water and then dry in the oven for a few minutes at 180 ˚ C (350 ˚ F).

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