Lime and Pistachio Cake Recipe

Pistachio and lime cake

  • serves 8
  • Easy

This easy-yet-impressive loaf cake combines the earthy flavour and distinctive colour of pistachios with the vibrancy of fresh lime. It keeps really well, too, if you can resist eating it all in one sitting…




  • pistachios 100g, chopped
  • golden caster sugar 200g
  • butter 150g, softened, plus extra for the tin
  • soured cream 125g
  • eggs 3, medium
  • plain flour 200g
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
  • vanilla extract 2 tsp
  • limes 4, zested and juiced
  • icing sugar 200g
  • pistachios 2 tbsp, thinly sliced


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/ fan 160C/gas 4 and butter and line a 20cm x 10cm x 7cm 900g loaf tin with a long strip of baking paper.

  • Step 2

    Put the pistachios and sugar in a food processor and whizz until fine. Add the butter, soured cream, eggs, flour, baking powder, bicarb, vanilla extract and lime zest, and whizz until smooth. Scrape into the prepared tin and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean (if it browns too quickly, cover with a sheet of foil). Cool for 20 minutes in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Step 3

    To make the icing, mix enough lime juice into the icing sugar to make a drizzle-able icing. Spoon over the cake then finish with the pistachio slivers.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 589
  • Fat 28.1g
  • Saturates 13.2g
  • Carbs 73g
  • Sugars 51.9g
  • Fibre 2.9g
  • Protein 9g
  • Salt 1g