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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17 responses to “Baking Adventures: Chocolate & Pistachio cake”

  1. Y Magro says:

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

  2. Bernice Hallink says:

    That looks so jummy! Thx for sharing!

  3. Sophie says:

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

  4. Annabel B says:

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

  5. Emma Reilly says:

    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 says:

      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

  6. Naomi Mango says:

    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 says:

      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

  7. The Style Rawr says:

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

  8. A Christian Sister Perspective says:

    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!

  9. Amy Jayne says:

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

  10. Sylvia Said says:

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

  11. Lily Rose says:

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

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