Pistachio, Lemon & Cardamom Cake: A Whimsical Winter-to-Spring Delight

As we find ourselves nestled between the chilly embrace of winter and the fresh breath of spring, this Pistachio, Lemon, and Cardamom Cake captures the essence of this magical transition. It’s a breeze to make, so let’s dive into the recipe!


  • 200 g All-Purpose Flour
  • 10 g Baking Powder
  • 7 g Baking Soda
  • 200 g Sugar
  • 3 Eggs, at room temperature
  • 100 g Butter, melted
  • 50 g Vegetable Oil
  • 160 g Sour Cream or Crème Fraîche (18% fat)
  • Zest from 1/3 of a Lemon
  • 70 g Pistachios, crushed
  • 2/3 tbsp Cardamom

For the Mascarpone Filling:

  • 250 g Mascarpone Cheese
  • 150 g Heavy Cream
  • 100 g Icing Sugar


  1. Begin by lining a 22 cm (9-inch) springform pan with parchment paper, ensuring a snug fit.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F), using the fan setting for an even bake.
  3. In a mixing bowl, rub the lemon zest into the sugar with your fingers. This little trick magnificently amplifies the citrus aroma.
  4. Pour in the melted butter and oil, whisking them together for about 30 seconds. Crack in the eggs and whisk once more until the mixture turns fluffy, which should take about a minute. Stir in the sour cream.
  5. Time to sift in the flour, cardamom, baking powder, and baking soda. Fold these in gently to avoid overmixing and keep the cake light and airy.
  6. Transfer the batter into your prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Pop it in the oven and bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
  7. While the cake is baking, prepare the mascarpone filling. Whisk the icing sugar into the mascarpone until well combined. Gradually add the heavy cream and whisk for 15-20 seconds, just until the mixture thickens to a spreadable consistency. Take care not to overwhip, or the filling might curdle.
  8. Once the cake is done, let it cool completely. This patience is key—it ensures your filling will stay put and not melt into a puddle.
  9. When you’re ready to assemble, spread the mascarpone filling over the top of the cake. For a final flourish, scatter a handful of crushed pistachios over the creamy layer.

Slice, serve, and watch as this Pistachio, Lemon, and Cardamom Cake becomes the centerpiece of your transition into the warmer days ahead. Enjoy every cozy, comforting bite! 🍋🍰

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