img_5821This is another cake that I found on Sweet Pauls blog.  This is actually the cake that got me started following his blog in the first place.  I happened to spot it on my Facebook feed and it look so appealing that I followed the link over to Sweet Paul and have been hooked ever since.  As it was yet another rainy weekend I thought it was a perfect time to stay in the kitchen and try some of his wonderful recipes.

img_5822This cake makes 4 eight in layers.  I was surprised and annoyed to find that once I dug into my pan cupboard I only had 3 eight inch rounds and as I didn’t feel like making a trip out to get another (and since I rarely make an 8 inch round) I just baked it in 4 nine inch rounds.  The finished layers looked exactly like the ones pictured on the blog and as the cake only bakes for a short time I just kept a close eye on the cakes to keep from over baking and it all worked out fine.

img_5825You will also notice that the recipe calls for green gel color but nowhere in the recipe does it tell you to use it.  Based on the picture on Pauls blog, both the cake layers and the buttercream are green so I just added it to both the cake batter and the buttercream frosting.  You can choose for yourself how you want to proceed with that.

img_5827It is a lovely, light textured cake with the wonderful taste of pistachios.  I am rather fond of pistachios (aside from the astronomical price you have to pay for them) so I leapt at the chance to try another cake using them.  It is well worth the effort.  The cake is very easy and the batter only takes a few minutes to put together and get into the oven.  Even the buttercream is very easy and the whole thing pays you in flavorful dividends for your efforts.  Try it on your next rainy weekend.

Pistachio Cake (from Sweet Paul)

Makes a 4-layer, 8-inch cake

Cake:

8 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
13 oz granulated sugar
4 eggs
6½ oz all purpose flour
5½ oz cake flour
1½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄3 cup coarsely ground pistachios
10 oz buttermilk
green gel color

Pistachio Buttercream:

16 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
12 oz powdered sugar, sifted
¼ cup finely ground pistachios
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease the bottoms and sides of 4 cake pans and line with round parchment paper. Grease the parchment too.
  3. In a large bowl, sift flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Stir in pistachios. Set aside.
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter until lightened in color.
  6. Add sugar and beat on medium-high until fluffy and lightened in color, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
  7. Add eggs and continue beating on high until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl.
  8. In 3 parts, starting and ending with the dry ingredients, add the flour mixture and buttermilk into the mixer on low speed until incorporated.
  9. Turn mixer on high for 10 seconds to achieve a smooth and glossy batter.
  10. Pour batter evenly between baking pans. Rap pans on the counter to level batter.
  11. Bake for 28 minutes or until cake doesn’t jiggle when shaken.
  12. Allow cake to cool on a wire rack before removing from pans.
  13. Make pistachio buttercream by beating butter until smooth and lightened in color in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  14. Add sifted powdered sugar and mix until combined.
  15. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  16. Add pistachios, cream, and vanilla extract and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  17. Place 1 layer of cake on a serving tray and add a layer of frosting. Continue with 3 more layers of cake and frosting.
  18. Frost the rest of the cake with the remaining of frosting.
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