Love and Olive Oil

Flourless Pistachio Cake with Chocolate Ganache

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I’d like you to meet your new favorite cake: it’s (naturally) bright green, loaded with nutty pistachio flavor, and topped with a silky smooth layer of chocolate ganache for good measure. And did I mention it’s completely flourless?

Made with a mix of pistachio and almond flours, sugar, whole eggs, and fat (in this case a mix of butter and olive oil), this naturally gluten-free dessert comes together into a delicate and tantalizingly textured cake, topped with a luscious layer of dark chocolate ganache and a border of slivered pistachios.

Cake server lifting a cut slice of Flourless Pistachio Cake with a bright green interior and a layer of chocolate ganache on top.

Happy National Pistachio Day! Indeed, February 26 is officially designated as a day of celebration for this little green nut. Did you know the pistachio is known as the “happy nut” in China and the “smiling nut” in the Middle East? What an apt name as I can’t help but smile when that bright green color makes an appearance.

I figured the best way to celebrate this under-rated holiday would be with the greenest, most pistachio-packed cake possible, and this flourless wonder certainly fits the bill: made with pistachio flour, pistachio extract for flavor, and a sprinkling of slivered green pistachios for decoration on top (you know what they say, triple the pistachio, triple the fun!)

Clearly I’m having a moment with pistachio, from my ultimate pistachio lover’s gelato to a stunning pistachio cheesecake to this ridiculously good pistachio créme brûlée (ok, maybe more than a moment… it’s safe to say I’m definitely in my pistachio era and don’t see myself moving on anytime soon).

But out of dozens of pistachio dessert recipes, this might just be my favorite one yet. Once you try it for yourself I think you’ll see why!