Recipe: Italian Pistachio Cake

Napa Nuts ingredients are the backbone of incredible food prepared by some of the most prominent chefs in the world. We are happy to feature some incredible recipes on our blog so you can create these delicacies at home. 

This month we are featuring California Pistachios in this delicious Italian Pistachio Cake.

Recipe is courtesy of Casey Stone - Pastry Chef, John Ash & Co.

Italian Pistachio Cake

Italian Pistachio Cake - Pastry Chef Casey Stone - John Ash & Co.

Italian Pistachio Cake - Pastry Chef Casey Stone - John Ash & Co.


6 egg yolks

9 ounces granulated sugar

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon kosher salt

12 ounces Pistachios, finely ground

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

6 egg whites

1 cup heavy cream, cold

3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9 inch cake pan and line bottom of pan with a parchment circle cut to fit.

In a mixer bowl, beat egg yolks with half of sugar until mixture is thick and pale yellow.

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add dry ingredients to egg yolks and mix until it just comes together.

Add the rest of sugar and fold in ground Pistachios along with vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites to stiff peaks.  Gently fold in the beaten whites into the batter.

Pour into prepared pan and bake about 45 minutes or until firm to the touch.  Cool cake completely.

Chill mixer bowl along with beaters.  When cold, beat cream until it starts to thicken.  Add in confectioner’s sugar along with vanilla and beat until soft peaks.  Spread on cooled cake.  Top cake with chopped toasted pistachios and thinly sliced strawberries.

A little about Napa Nuts's customer, John Ash & Co.: A visit to the legendary John Ash & Co. restaurant is a celebration of wine country cuisine at its best. Nestled next to the spectacular Vintners Inn, with its 92 acres of lush vineyards and landscaped gardens, John Ash & Co. was the first Sonoma County restaurant to introduce the concept of cooking seasonally with fresh, local foods and produce—and pairing these exceptional recipes with wines from the region. Today the restaurant remains an icon of gourmet dining and wine country living. Join us for dinner, and complement your meal with a selection from our extensive list of award-winning wines. Or, stop by our Front Room Bar and Lounge for a glass of wine, signature cocktail, or small-bite appetizer. It's all just steps away from your private room at Vintners Inn.