Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cake – pistachio cake layers with mini chocolate chips and a lime cream cheese frosting.
Lucky Charms Cake
A couple years ago, the kids and I made a Lucky Charms cake for St. Patrick’s Day. While they didn’t love the idea of me taking all the marshmallows out of the cereal for the cake, they certainly loved helping make the cake and eat it!
Underneath all the marshmallows was a light and fluffy pistachio cake with an almond buttercream. I distinctly remember liking the cake, but not loving the cake. It ended up being more fun to make than to eat.
I love the idea of a pistachio cake, but feel like I missed the mark on it last time and wanted to redeem myself.
Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cake
With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to reinvent this cake. One of the things I wanted to add was finely ground pistachios. I felt like the cake layers themselves needed a little more flavor and texture to them. To make sure the cake didn’t turn out too dry, I made sure to reduce the flour from the previous recipe and I kept the pistachio pudding mix I used last time. I also added an additional egg.
To give the cake another element of texture and flavor, I threw in about a half cup of mini dark chocolate chips.
For the frosting, I switched things up completely from almond to a lime cream cheese. The small hint of lime with the pistachio is seriously the perfect flavor combination. And then the cream cheese gives the frosting the slightest tart flavor, which I think balances all the flavors really well.
I am beyond excited about how this cake turned out. The flavor combination and the textures are everything I hoped they would be!
Cake Making Tips
- Preheat your oven for 30 minutes prior to baking.
- Beat the butter and sugar for a few minutes on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy.
- Use good quality pans like Fat Daddio.
- Spray your pans with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.
- Don’t overmix your cake batter once you add the dry ingredients.
- Use room temperature wet ingredients.
- Use fresh baking powder.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs on it.
Cake Decorating Tools
- Offset and straight spatulas
- Acrylic disk
- Drip bottle
- Piping bag
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