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Lemon Pistachio Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup shelled roasted pistachios crush them in food processor for about 30 seconds or less
  • ½ cup of pistachios more for topping - Crushed
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/3 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter Softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • 3 eggs room Temperature

Frosting

  • ¾ cup ¾ cup Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp heavy whipping cream or 2 Tbsp of Half and Half
  • 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice

Instructions

Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line the bottom of a buttered 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, then butter the paper. Place pistachios and lemon zest into a food processor bowl; pulse until finely ground (but not pistachio butter). Transfer mixture into a bowl. Add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Whisk to combine; set aside. Whisk together sour cream, vanilla and milk in a small bowl; set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter, sugar and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. With mixer on low, alternate adding the dry ingredients (in 3 additions) and the wet ingredients (in 2 additions), starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan; smooth the top. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Carefully remove cake from pan, peel off the parchment paper, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Prepare the frosting: Combine all frosting ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix just until smooth, being careful not to overmix or curdle the frosting. Frost the cake, then sprinkle on extra chopped pista­chios. Serve or refrigerate until serving. Makes 8 servings.

Frosting

  • In a small bowl combine the Cream cheese 1 cup of powdered sugar and blend together I used my mixer on low and blended them add Whipping Cream and lemon zest, lemon juice and kosher salt. I increased the speed to medium on my mixer and whipped it till it was smooth. Then proceed to spread your icing on top of the cooled cake after icing sprinkle Lemon zest and crushed pistachios