Well, if you want to indulge with this one you ought to deserve it. Turn away slackers, and make amends before you can come back here!
In my case, I finally resumed my gym routine after weeks (err, months…) of neglect because I simply ran out of self-excuses for not going. So I have sweated alright, I say, and this cake is for me! I even renewed my contract because I have the feeling I will need to hang in there for while…diets? Hell No! That’s for everybody else but me as I always say. The only thing you’ll lose with diets is your hair and a finger (that you would have been forced to feed on because you’re starved)
This is actually the first time I use olive oil in a cake. I’ve always dreamed of a dish that would blend the fruity flavour of olive oil with pistachios and figs. I wanted a treat that, when you listen too, would sound like the shrilling of cicadas on a lazy afternoon. A treat to take me away for a journey across the Mediterranean…so I just let myself go.
– 200g sugar
– 3 eggs
– 200g flour
– 100 g dried pistachios
– 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
– ½ orange zest
– 1 squeezed orange juice
– 125 ml extra virgin oil
– 100 ml milk
For the frosting:
– 8 dried figs
– 100g icing sugar
– 75g room temperature butter
– 75g light cream cheese
– ½ squeezed orange juice
Pre-heat your oven at 180°C.
Brown the pistachios in a pan then crush using a mortar and pestle.
Pour the ground pistachios in a large bowl with the flour and baking soda. Then mix together.
Whisk the eggs and sugar in a separate bowl. Stir in the orange juice and zest. Then add the olive oil and milk while mixing. Transfer this mix into the other bowl and keep mixing thoroughly.
Place the preparation in a cake tin (I used a rectangular one 20cmx12cmx9cm).
Put in the oven for 50 minutes at 180°C
Meanwhile, let’s get on with the frosting:
First mix together the icing sugar and butter until completely combined. Add to it the cream cheese.
Blend the figs and orange juice then add it to the rest and mix well.
Spread the icing all over the cake when cold.
You can decorate with some pistachio chips and orange zest…