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Day 69: Lemon Olive Oil Pistachio Cake

This lemon olive oil cake is a delightful and moist cake. Honestly if I could I would eat all of it but that won't be a good decision. 😋 This luscious lemon flavored icing complements the pistachio so well, it really makes this cake special.

Baking through rainy days in Seattle can be a drag, but this pistachio lifts up your day for sure!

For the garnished pistachios, you can also grind them up in a food processor. Make sure to only blend a few times so they are still pretty chunky. Also something I (accidentally) did was change the sugar proportions. Instead of 3/4 cups sugar, I did a 1/2 cup. This actually worked out really well, so I say just go with it, but if you love sugar maybe try out the 3/4 cups.

You can serve this with coffee, tea, or even hot chocolate.

This recipe seems similar to my Persian Love Cake looks wise, but it's definitely not the same. The lemon and pistachio really complement each other and the glaze gives this a sour edge to the sweet base.


Level: 👩🏽‍🍳👩🏽‍🍳

Serves: 8

Time: 1 hour



  • 1 cup unsalted shelled pistachios*

  • 1 cup all purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1/3 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

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  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • Pistachio's (for garnish)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 8" cake pan.

Pulse the pistachios in a food processor and blend until it's the consistency of cornmeal. Mix this with the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl mix the olive oil, milk, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and the lemon juice. Add the dry into the wet and pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest in a small bowl and set aside. Once the cake is cooled pour the glaze on top and garnish with chopped pistachio's.


- The Bored Baker 👩🏽‍🍳

P.S. Thank you Ms. Rimma for suggesting this amazing recipe. It was found from:


The Bored Baker
The Bored Baker
May 20, 2020

Of course! Thanks so much!


I am so happy you made it! :)


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