Pistachio Olive Oil Cake

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Pistachio Olive Oil Cake

Course: Sweets
Sweets Sub-Category: Cakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 Slices
Like most things, the closer you live to your ingredients, either produced locally or processed minimally, the better the flavor you’re going to get. We’re super lucky to have the Santa Barbara Pistachio Company at our local farmers market because like any food item with fat in it, nuts can go rancid as they age. Try to purchase nuts here in the U.S. whenever possible, and toast them before storing them to extend their shelf life.To toast nuts, place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 300°F until they start to get some color – you’ll know because they start to make your house smell really, really good!
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  • 1 ⅓ cups All purpose flour 170g
  • ½ cup Sugar 100g
  • ¼ cup Pistachios 30g
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt or 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • cup Olive Oil 65g
  • ½ cup Whole Milk 120g
  • 1 Egg

Orange Glaze

  • ¼ cup Pistachios 30g
  • 2 Tbsp Freshly Squeezed Orange or Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar 115g


  • Preheat your oven to 350°.
  • Line a medium loaf pan with parchment paper or butter and sugar it.
  • Place the sugar and pistachios in a food processor and pulse until the pistachios are finely ground.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together your milk, egg and oil.
  • Stir in the pistachio/sugar mixture, followed by the dry ingredients, until just barely combined.
  • Pour into the loaf pan and bake until set (about 20-25 minutes).
  • Cool in the pan and remove once just warm.

Orange Glaze

  • Toast the pistachios on a cookie sheet in a single layer at 300°F until they just start to get some color.
  • Mix together the juice and powdered sugar, adding more powdered sugar if you want a thicker glaze, and less if you prefer it thinner. Pour this through a strainer into another bowl to remove any lumps.
  • When the loaf cake done and is just warm or cooled, pour the Orange Glaze over the loaf cake and sprinkle with pistachios.


We love this cake base for so many reasons – but the addition of nuts, ground with the sugar, gives it an insatiable flavor. You can swap the pistachios out for walnuts or pecans – even hazelnuts! Have fun with the flavor combinations. Try a pinch of cardamom with the pistachios, thinly sliced dried pears with hazelnut or fresh ginger with pecans!