Walnut Pistachio Cake

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IMG_5080After nearly two years of participating in Fiesta Friday, I’m very excited to share that I’ll be co-hosting this week’s 99th Fiesta Friday with Caroline of Caroline’s Cooking. To distract my mini co-hosting stage fright, I’ve kept myself busy by baking today’s tasty walnut pistachio cake! The recipe is inspired by two famous French Patissiers; Christophe Felder & Camille Lesecq. I’ve also been curious to work with Pistachio Paste, and I’m very happy with the outcome!

I still remember participating in Fiesta #1, and can’t believe we are only one week until the BIG #100, and BIG #100 indeed, as our incredible host Angie from The Novice Gardener has a big celebration planned for next week. But before then, I encourage all of you to participate in this week’s Fiesta Friday! This online party has an amazing variety of recipes, from the kindest bloggers around the world. I’m constantly both impressed and inspired by many dishes I’ve seen on here!

If this will be your first time joining, click on the link to read the guidelines and link up to this Fiesta! (Please link your post to the main page of Fiesta Friday, my page, and Caroline’s page). Once again, a huge thank you to Angie for allowing me to co-host this week and for organizing these 99 Fiestas!

Serves: 10 slices

Ingredients: (for the cake)

  • 35g of walnut powder
  • 30g of almond powder
  • 100g of icing sugar
  • 50g of all purpose/plain flour
  • 80g of butter (room temperature)
  • 40g of pistachio paste (you can opt to buy it, or make it, see below the page the link)
  • 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 25g of caster sugar
  • 3 egg whites


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C degrees.
  2. In a large bowl add the almond powder, the 100g of icing sugar and the 80g of soft butter.
  3. Mix until the texture becomes creamy.
  4. Add the 40g of pistachio paste, the sunflower oil, the 2 egg yolks and 1 whole egg.
  5. Mix all the ingredients together, pour the milk, mix again and set aside.
  6. In another bowl whisk the 3 egg whites until they form peaks.
  7. Before they become firm, pour the sugar.
  8. Now, gently fold the remaining egg whites into the mixture with a spatula.
  9. Finally, pour the 35g of walnut powder and the 50g of flour.
  10. Gently mix with the spatula and pour the mixture into a loaf cake pan.
  11. Bake for 45 minutes (more or less depending on the oven) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes.

Ingredients: (for the icing)

  • 200g of apricot jam
  • 180g of icing sugar
  • 35ml of water
  • A few pistachios (for decoration)

Final Procedure:

  1. Heat the apricot jam in a small pan over a low heat until it melts.
  2. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl pour the icing sugar and the water.
  4. Whisk until it becomes completely melted.
  5. Reverse the cake into a serving dish, and brush it with the melted apricot-jam.
  6. Pour the icing on the top and sprinkle with a few pistachios.

The texture is nice and moist.

Bon Appétit & I hope to see you at the Fiesta!

PS: Homemade pistachio paste can be used in different patisseries (in cakes, for doughs and even in ice cream…!)


70 Comments Add yours

  1. Gorgeous Linda, the cake looks incredibly moist!!

    1. Thank you so much, Suzanne! 🙂

  2. skd says:

    In the past two years one thing I have learnt for sure, no actually two- one I can’t stay on your blog without oohs,aahs and wishful sighs. Two- I need to keep something ready to eat before entering your blog, because I am ravenous on my way out 🙂

    1. SKD, you make me blush. I sincerely appreciate your visit and sweet comments my friend. I hope you will try it and love it. Enjoy your weekend and Happy Holidays! 🙂 xx

  3. Hi Linda….that looks absolutely beautiful and delicious!

    1. Thank you so much Marisa! 🙂 Have a good weekend!

  4. Ginger says:

    Hi hi, just read skd’s comments and I can only agree! Your cake looks delicious, I need to go and get something to mop up my keyboard.
    Congratulations on 2 years of partying, and thank you for co-hosting! I can’t wait for next week’s events …

    1. Thanks a lot Ginger for your encouraging words, I really appreciate. The cake was nice and didn’t stay very long on the table 😀 Have a good weekend! 🙂

  5. Linda says:

    That Pistachio cake looks absolutely yummy!! Love the drizzle and all those chopped pistachios – so delicious 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Linda. It was very interesting to work with the pistachio paste and the result was nice and yummy. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

  6. Cris says:

    mmmh…i love pistachio!may i make it also without the apricot jam as icing?

    1. Thanks a lot Cris. I love pistachio too. Yes, you can make it without any topping if you want. Nice too! 🙂

  7. Fabulous cake!! Have a wonderful time co hosting Linda, you’ll be brilliant, you are a wonderful hostess xxx

    1. Thanks you so so much Elaine. I’m having fun 😀 Thanks for your wishes. Have a fab Sunday xxx

  8. Lovely cake Linda – another recipe of yours that makes me wish I had a slice to enjoy with maybe some hot cocoa! Have fun co-hosting – you are a natural for the job 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot Judi for your sweet comment. I would love to send you not only a slice but a whole cake just for you. Happy Holidays! 🙂

  9. Oh Linda, Everything you do is in perfection! Cake made of all decadent ingredients, with three different nuts and dressed with fruit jam and pistachios. Fabulous! 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot my Dear Fae for such a wonderful comment. The cake is soft and so light with the addition of nuts and not too much flour. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. Happy Holidays! 🙂

  10. chefjulianna says:

    Wow, Linda! You have me drooling over another one of your recipe! Stunning! 😀

    1. Thank you so much Julianna for your kind words! Happy FF and Happy Holidays in your new home! 🙂

  11. I only needed to see the title and knew I’d like this but now I see the photos and recipe I am even more keen to try it. Sounds fantastic!

    1. Thanks a lot Caroline. Easy to make and gone so fast by my gluttons! 😉

  12. Oh and don’t get stage fright, it’s fun! Hope you are enjoying being a host 🙂

    1. Oh, I’m fine now and thanks for your support! 🙂 Have a nice day!

  13. Arl's World says:

    What a beautiful cake!! Perfect! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Arl. Happy Holidays and have a good time with your family! 🙂

  14. Stunning! Love the idea of using nut powders along with pistachio paste! Thanks for sharing the recipe and beautiful pics…

    1. Thanks a lot Jean. I’m so glad you like the recipe and the pistachio paste brings a deep texture and flavors to the cake. Have a great day! 🙂

  15. Oh my ! The cake looks so tempting !

    1. Thank you so much Freda. I’m glad you like it! 🙂

  16. Hope you enjoy co-hosting. I certainly won’t forget mine. 🙂
    Cake looks and sounds incredibly moist and delicious. And very curious about the pistachio paste.

    1. I’m fine Johnny and I really enjoy co-hosting. The cake is very simple to prepare and extremely rich in flavors. It was the first time I used the pistachio paste. A beautiful texture with a nice color. Have a nice day! 🙂

  17. Jenny says:

    Your cake looks beautiful and delicious. I love pistachios!

    1. Thank you so much, Jenny! 🙂

  18. Loretta says:

    Just beautiful Linda…I just made a walnut and date cake without the drizzle, but looking at yours now, I’m thinking perhaps I should make that glaze, it pops right out when you first look at it. As always, you have that magic touch with everything you present, gorgeous!

    1. Thanks a lot Loretta. I’m glad you like it and let me know if you have the opportunity to try the recipe. Have a beautiful day! 🙂

  19. This is so beautiful Linda!! it looks simply divine!

    1. Thank you very much, Lynz. I always appreciate your kind comment! 🙂

      1. your recipes are so lovely and elegant!! always delicious looking!

  20. Francesca says:

    Simply superb, Linda! 🤓

    1. Thank you so much, Francesca! 🙂

  21. Anne says:

    This cake looks so delicious!

  22. chef mimi says:

    This looks amazing!!!

  23. Wow Linda – looks amazing!

    1. Thanks a lot Laura, I really appreciate! 🙂

  24. Wow Linda! I have bookmarked this – on my to do list.. looks lovely!

    1. Oh thank you so much. Do let me know how it turns out! 🙂

  25. Linda cake looks super yum..love the glaze

    1. Thank you so so much, Vidya! 🙂

  26. This looks so lovely and elegant!

  27. nancyc says:

    This looks like a lovely cake–so nice and moist!

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy! 🙂

  28. Margherita says:

    Another amazing recipe Linda! I will try to do not miss the next FF party, I’m very sorry I haven’t been able to partecipate lately… I hope to make it up!

    1. Thank you so much Margherita. I hope see you for the FF#100. Happy Holidays! 🙂

  29. Lily says:

    What a delicious looking cake! It looks super moist and rich. I love the addition of the glaze on top, makes it look extra pretty:)

    1. Thanks a lot Lily. A nice experience to bake with nuts and pistachio. Happy Holidays! 🙂

  30. Patty Nguyen says:

    Beautifully moist and tender cake, Linda. I can’t believe it’s almost the 100th anniversary of Fiesta Friday! I, too, was a part of the first one, but I haven’t kept up with my recipes like you. I bow down to you!!

    1. Thank you so much Patty, you’re too kind. Wishing a wonderful New Year 2016 full of joy and happiness ! 🙂 xx

  31. Sophie33 says:

    Your festive moist cake looks spectacular & Oh so lovely inviting too!
    I made it 2 times up till now! Divine special cake! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

    1. Wow Sophie, thanks a lot, you really made my day. I’m so glad you enjoyed the cake (2 times :D). Thanks for your trust too. Happy New Year! 🙂 xx

  32. Wow this looks absolutely divine ❤

    1. Sorry for the late reply…Thanks a bunch and have a wonderful weekend! 🙂 xx

    1. Thank you so much Dimple! 🙂 xx

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