Sicilian Pistachio Olive Oil Cake Recipe

Sicilian Pistachio Olive Oil Cake Recipe

Sicilian Pistachio Olive Oil Cake Recipe

Make a delicious Sicilian Pistachio Olive Oil Cake Recipe using the best pistachios in the world! Giannetti Artisans sources excellent Sicilian Pistachio Flour from Bronte. It’s fair to say that Bronte pistachios are quite expensive, but spending a few dollars is well worth the taste for all your baking needs!

Try a great recipe using Giannetti Artisans Sicilian Pistachio Flour and excellent certified IGP Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Tuscany and Artisan made Acacia Honey from Tuscany!


  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) whole wheat pastry flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (100 g) pistachio flour
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon bakings soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • Frosting
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚. Grease and 8-inch round pan with oil.
  2. To make the cake: In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, pistachio flour, lemon zest, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, milk, and eggs. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  3. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out evenly. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until the cake is golden and has domed. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Once the cake has cooled, run a knife along the edges to loosen. Flip the cake over onto a cake plate and finish cooling.
  5. To make the frosting: Beat together the cream cheese and butter with a hand or stand mixer. add the confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon honey, and 2 tablespoons heavy cream. Continue to beat until the frosting is smooth. Taste and add more honey if desired. If the frosting is too thick, beat in another tablespoon of heavy cream. Frost the cake and sprinkle with pistachio meal if desired.


  1. Clay alder says:

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  2. Linda ELLLISON says:

    I am not a big fan of pistachio, can I substitute some other flavor flour?
    The cake looks delicious!

    • Sally Giannetti says:

      I don’t think it would taste the same with another flour. The pistachio flour is amazing so I don’t know how it would taste with another flour. If you make a substitution, please let me know.

  3. John C Priolo says:

    I make a very good olive oil cake and was looking forward to trying this recipe. One thing I learned was that refrigerating the cake for at least one hour enhances the flavor. This version was as good as any I have ever made . The pistachio flour does not overwhelm the taste but does add a subtle difference.

    Years ago I had a good recipe for biscuit tortoni but have lost it. I made it from scratch even roasting blanched almonds then dicing them and using them to ice the final product ending with a cherry on top. If you have a good recipe please let me know. Not the simple version that uses ice cream.

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