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    Pistachio Cake from Scratch

    Pistachio Cake from Scratch. Photo by Marilyns Treats

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    1 hr

    20 mins

    40 mins

    Steve_G's Note:

    A better pistachio cake, this one's made from scratch. A unique mixing method is employed that assures good results every time. This is very similar to my almond butter cake -- the addition of oil and the use of egg yolks make it a bit richer, but it's not dense as the additional dry ingredients in the pistachio pudding mix keep it light.

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    Serves: 8



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    1. 1
      Combine eggs, extract and 1/4 of the sour cream in a small bowl.
    2. 2
      Cut butter into chunks.
    3. 3
      Put remaining sour cream in another small bowl with tablespoon of oil.
    4. 4
      allow all ingredients to come to room temperature while you prepare a 9-inch springform pan, line bottom with parchment, grease and flour.
    5. 5
      You can use a 9x2-inch round pan as well, but it will be a bit more difficult to unmold the cake.
    6. 6
      Toast pistachios in a 350 degree (f.) oven for 7-8 minutes, cool then grind fine, (I use a bag and rolling pin)-- if using dry measuring cups be sure to grind first then measure Sift all dry ingredients into the work bowl of your mixer and mix on low speed for 30 seconds to combine.
    7. 7
      Add softened butter and sour cream, mix on low to combine, scrape bowl, beat on medium (med-high for a hand mixer) for 90 seconds.
    8. 8
      This will aerate the cake and give it structure.
    9. 9
      Scrape the bowl down and in two additions add the egg mixture, beating for 20 seconds after each addition.
    10. 10
      Scrape the bowl one last time and give it a couple pulses.
    11. 11
      Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, (rotate pan 180 degrees after 25 minutes) a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean and the top of the cake will spring back when lightly pressed.
    12. 12
      Remove from the oven and cool on a rack for 10 minutes, remove sides of pan and allow to cool to room temperature.
    13. 13
      About 2 hours.
    14. 14
      It's delicious slightly warm with just a dusting of powdered sugar, topped with sweetened whipped cream or served with pistachio ice cream.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 12, 2014


      This cake stays moist for a very long. Even aftwr three days it tasted like it was just made! I would gladly make it again.

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    • on February 21, 2009

      This "from scratch" is very good, however, it is not indicated on the recipe the cooking temperature. Consequently having set my convection oven at 325, I let it bake 60 minutes, and it still had not set. It fell a little, but was extremely tasty. A keeper

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    • on December 05, 2006


      I am on a major baking spree right now, so I have made a couple of youre recipes, this was just so so so good! Thanks so much.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pistachio Cake from Scratch

    Serving Size: 1 (114 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 470.3
    Calories from Fat 245
    Total Fat 27.2 g
    Saturated Fat 14.9 g
    Cholesterol 211.5 mg
    Sodium 286.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 50.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
    Sugars 25.8 g
    Protein 6.2 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    Jell-O instant pistachio pudding mix

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