A pistachio riff on David Lebovitz’s almond cake, one of my favorite cakes ever, with a raspberry-rippled whipped cream inspired by Nigel Slater’s Genius toast. This cake is buttery, nutty, and incredibly moist—confident enough to have with nothing but hot coffee, but adaptable enough to drape with chocolate ganache or rework into a layer cake with your favorite buttercream. —Emma Laperruque
one (10-inch) cake
1 1/3 cups
(265 grams) sugar
(225 grams) pistachio paste
(140 grams) flour, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons
(2 sticks, 225 grams) unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
large eggs, at room temperature
confectioners' sugar, plus more for serving
In This Recipe
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Butter a 10-inch cake pan, line the bottom with a parchment round, butter the parchment, then dust with flour and tap out any excess. Set the pan on a rimmed sheet pan (this makes getting the cake pan in and out of the oven a lot easier).
Combine the sugar, pistachio paste, and 1/4 cup (35 grams) of flour in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the pistachio paste is completely incorporated and the mixture is sandy.
In a small bowl, use a fork to stir together the remaining 3/4 cup (105g) of flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add the butter and vanilla to the food processor. Process until the batter is very smooth and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, pulsing between additions and scraping down the bowl with a flexible spatula as needed. Don't worry if the mixture looks curdled—it'll right itself soon.
Add half the flour mixture and pulse the machine a few times. Add the rest and pulse again until just incorporated—don't overmix!
Scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, rotating halfway through, until the top is deeply golden-brown and the cake feels bouncy and firm-ish when you gently press its center.
Remove the cake from the oven and run knife around the perimeter, releasing the cake from the sides of the pan. Cool completely in the pan.
Once cool, tap the cake out of the pan, remove the parchment paper, and set on a cake plate if you're serving that day. If not, the cake can be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for 1 to 2 days.
Crush the raspberries with a fork until jammy and swirl-able. Combine the cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla in another bowl. Whisk (or beat with an electric mixer) until very soft peaks form. Fold the crushed berries into the whipped cream, leaving it swirled and streaked with berries.
To serve: Dust the top of the cake with confectioners’ sugar. Cut into big slices and serve with the raspberry cream.
Emma is a writer and recipe developer at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles "on the fly," baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., reviewing restaurants, and writing stories about everything from how to use leftover mashed potatoes to the history of pies in North Carolina. She now lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's cooking column, Big Little Recipes, which is all about big flavor and little ingredient lists. And see what she's up to on Instagram and Twitter at @emmalaperruque.