Pistachio lemon cake

It's one of those days again when I'm just too lazy to do any baking much less take some photos .

The weather has been gloomy lately since it's been raining here for more than a week now *sigh*

All I want to do is to lie down and sleep for days but real life intrudes ^___^ ''

I've been meaning to bake this cake for more than a week now and I had to put the pistachios in the freezer to stop myself from eating all of it .....

By the time I baked this cake I just have enough for only half of the recipe pffffttt !

Taking photos is such a pain in the behind during this dreary weather .....

Now I can relate when some bloggers keep griping about how there's not enough light during winter season to take a decent photos .

To think it's already April in this side of the world !

Yeah , I hate summer as well lol

But hey ! Summer is for making ice cream , proofing bread without using desklight and taking photos at past 5 pm , yup , there's enough light until about 7 pm here during summertime .....

And I'll be sweating like a pig ...

Oh well , I'll take the good with the gross lol

You want to know about the cake ?


Recipe adapted from Italian Easy : Recipes from the London River Cafe

( The list below is half of the recipe )

113 grams / 1 stick unsalted butter , softened
1 lemon , grate the zest and reserved half for the topping
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup blanched almonds
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons pistachios
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons caster sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup self-raising flour , sifted

* Preheat oven to 300°F / 150 °C . Grease a 6 x 3 x 3-inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper .
Finely grind the almonds and pistachios together , set side .

* Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy  . Beat in eggs , one at a time , scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition . Add lemon zest and vanilla then fold in the nuts , stir well to combine and then add in the flour , mix well .

* Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean . Leave to cool in the pan before removing

Topping :

half of the grated lemon zest ( from 1 lemon for the cake ) and squeeze the juice , use only half
1/4 cup pistachios , cut in half
2 tablespoons caster sugar

* In a small saucepan , mix sugar and lemon juice , boil until syrupy , then add in the zest ; stir in pistachio and pour over cake .

*** The pan used in the original recipe is 12 x 4 1/2  x 2 3/4-inch loaf pan . Butter is 2 1/4 sticks , though the 1/4 stick is only for greasing the pan ( ugh ! ) .  1/2 cup all-purpose flour is used in the original  recipe . 


  1. HI Anne! So are these considered "moody" shots?

    I love pistachio and sometimes have the nuts with my wine... love the lemon combination... Nice!

    1. Alvin , I can't do moody properly :P My moody shots turns out quiet chirpy lol

  2. is it small or big tiyay? sin-o nag ubos???

  3. Hi Anne,
    Your cake looks beautiful! And your photos are lovely! Feel like having a slice of your delicious looking cake!

  4. Anne, i love this cake! It looks so dainty and very evenly browned too. No wonder it's a bake asap :))

  5. Yep it's been raining here too, just when it's time to go home! Imagine the crawl back:S Always nice to come back to a good piece of homey cake like this one:) Looks yum!

  6. Anne, Your lemon cake looks so pretty with that generous topping of pistachio nuts on it! Can I have a slice please :)

  7. Hi Anne,

    Your cake and photo don't look moody at all to me. Still pretty and good. Maybe you are the only one that is moody... This beautiful cake will cheer you up!


  8. Hi Anne,
    Moody shots? I thought they looks wonderful : )
    Love pistachio, would love to come over to have breakfast with you :p
    Cheer ^_^

  9. This cake looks so gorgeous. Love the gathering of nuts on top. Totally understand the frustration of not being able to take a decent picture... so annoying isn't it.

  10. I like the pistachio toppings and the drizzle on the cake is certainly the remembrance of the rainy week, Right Anne? Cheer up...no rain can stay forever..sunshine is always around the corner:)

  11. Gloomy weather and your photos still come out so good. Anne, I love this cake loaded with nuts.

  12. Hi Anne, nah, these are pretty chirpy shots to me :). I once managed to take some moody shots, totally by accident. And that's right after a thunderstorm, when the lighting is almost akin to dusk...anyhow, this cake looks good and moist, lemon and pistachio sounds like a really unique combi, must try one of these days.

    1. Esther , most of my supposedly "moody" shots always turns out quiet chirpy or sometimes underexposed lol

  13. I love that pistachio topping, too tempting my dear!!

  14. This cake look so delicious, I bet taste even better, yay! Thanks for sharing the recipe

  15. The pistachio toppings make that cake so yummy in my eyes!
    Btw, all your photos came out good despite the gloomy weather! :)

  16. hi anne, your 1st three sentences in your post actually relate my current status..it's been raining here every evening.. hot day, i dont feel like baking ..rainy day, i feel like sleeping? how like that? LOL!

  17. Tell me about it! I felt the same too as we're having the same weather here, cloudy, rainy & sooo booring. But your lovely greeny pistachio lemon cake is smiling at me like sun! Lovely pictures & so inviting! ;)

  18. Pistachio and lemon - lovely. Have a great week.

  19. Hi Anne, very nice lemon cake with pistachio. The texture of the cake look very moist. I love anything lemon, this cake sure taste heavenly.

    Have a great weekend.


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