California Pistachio Olive Oil Cake Chef Zhongwen Hu

Ingredients Metric Grams Metric High-Volume Comments
Cake Flour 180 g 1800 g
California Pistachios, Chopped 80 g 800 g
Baking Powder 1 Tablespoon 10
Sea Salt 1/2 teaspoon 5
Milk 60 g 600 g
Olive Oil 100 g 1000 g
Honey 30 g 300 g
Whole Egg 3 eggs
Lemon Zest 2 tablespoon 20
Cream Cheese 150 g 1500 g
Butter 20 g 200 g
Castor Sugar 30 g 300 g
Total 670 g 6700 g


1. Prepare to a large glass bowl, pour dry ingredients such as flour, chopped pistachios, salt and baking powder in bowl, mix until even;
2. Prepare another glass bowl, mix wet ingredients such as milk, eggs, olive oil and honey until even;
3. Pour mixture from step 2 into mixture from step 1, mix evenly;
4. Pre-heat oven to 175℃, pour mixture from previous step onto 8” baking pan; upper/lower element on, bake for roughly 20 minutes; remove from oven to cool;
5. Prepare cream layer for decoration. Soften cream cheese and butter, add sugar and small amounts of honey, whisk using electric mixer; once ready, coat mixture onto cake;
6. Sprinkle pistachios on top of the cake as decoration; refrigerate before serving.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!