For no reason at all: Coffee-Ginger-Pistachio Cake

  • Coffee-Ginger-Pistachio Cake
  • adapted from The Guardian
  • makes one 9″ cake, cut into 2 layers
  • For the cake:  50g unsalted butter 75ml milk 1 Tbs. ground coffee (not instant) 2cm piece of ginger, finely grated (about 1 Tbs.) 2 eggs 200g caster sugar 100ml neutral oil 75g pistachios, chopped 75g glacé ginger, chopped 275g plain flour 1 Tbs. baking powder 1/4 tsp. saltFor the topping:  200g cream cheese, at room temperature 125g unsalted butter, at room temperature zest of one lemon 2 tsp. lemon juice 175g icing sugar 25g pistachios, chopped
  • 1. Line the bottom of a 9″ cake tin with parchment and butter the sides lightly. Preheat the oven to 180°C/35°0F.2. Melt the butter in a small pot over low heat, then remove and mix in the milk, coffee and ginger. Set aside. 3. Beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer until pale and foamy, then beat in the coffee mixture and oil until well combined. Stir in the pistachios and glacé ginger then fold in the flour, baking powder and salt. 4. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Let cool completely before carefully slicing in half with your largest knife; separate the layers until ready to ice. 5. To make the icing, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer for one minute, until smooth and creamy. Add the butter and beat for another minute. Briefly beat in the lemon zest and juice before adding the icing sugar and beating until justcombined. 6. Spread half the icing over the first layer of cake before carefully topping with the second layer. Cover with the remaining icing and sprinkle with the pistachios.

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