When I saw this cake in Bake & Decorate, it was only a matter of time before I set to with a gusto and a wooden spoon. The cake sounded so delicious and really interesting with the combination of those delicate flavours. It just needed a bit of time to get hold of some pistachios. As I'm now addicted to using yogurt in my cakes and have been lucky enough to receive another fridge load of TOTAL Greek yogurt, some of that was going in no matter what. As I was hoping for the green of the pistachios to come out in the cake, I used caster sugar rather than my normal dark brown. I also had some green tea and white chocolate ganache left over from the green tea cupcakes I'd made the previous week and it needed using up. I thus decided to use this rather than the mascarpone and orange topping described in the book - although this did sound rather good.
This is what I did:
- Roasted 100g pistachios (unsalted) in the oven at 180C for about 5 mins. Left to cool then ground in a coffee grinder.
- Creamed 150g unsalted butter together with 180g caster sugar and the finely grated zest of an orange until light and fluffy.
- Beat in 4 duck eggs.
- Sifted in 70g flour (50g white spelt and 20g coconut), 1.5 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt.
- Mixed in 2 tbsp TOTAL Greek yogurt.
- Folded in the pistachios, 70g ground almonds and 2 tsp orange flower water.
- Spooned into a 21 cm cake thingie and baked for 35 mins at 180C (gas4).
- Meanwhile simmered the juice from the orange with 20g granulated sugar for about 5 minutes until syrupy. Allowed to cool a little then added 1 tbsp orange flour water.
- Pricked cake all over with a cocktail stick as soon as it was out of the oven and poured syrup over.
- Left to cool, then spread the white chocolate and green tea topping over the cake.
- Scattered a few coarsly ground pistachios over the top.
VegBoxBoy I go armed with a list of chocolatiers to visit whilst I'm there, so my withdrawal symptoms shouldn't be too severe. I've also been advised not to miss out on the famous Belgian beer whilst we're there. Look forward to catching up when I get back.