Lime and Pistachio Cake with Chai Ice Cream.

Lime and Pistachio Cake with Chai Ice Cream.

Lime and Pistachio Cake with Chai Ice Cream.


I had just happened to create this cake when FoodNerd4Life asked if I would participate in her virtual bake sale on 27th September. It is a great cake to make if you want one to last a week or so, I know that is a contradiction in terms. The cake is gluten free being made with ground almonds and pistachios, hence won’t dry out quickly.

It tastes a touch oriental with zing from the lime, I thought this could be balanced wonderfully with a Chai Tea cream. I actually made a chai tea foam to squirt onto the cake as and when. For most that don’t have a whipper at home I turned it into an ice cream.

Obvioulsy, ground pistachios aren’t sold in shops. Just place the weight of pistachios in a food processor and blitz until fine.[purerecipe]



  • 150g Butter
  • 165g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Zest
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Eggs
  • 180g Ground Almonds
  • 130g Ground Pistachios
  • Chai Ice Cream

  • 500ml Soya Cream
  • 250ml Milk
  • 4-5 Tbsp Chai Tea Powder


  1. Make the cake, beat the butter, sugar, lime zest and vanilla until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time until well incorporated. Fold the nuts through until well combined. Line a loaf tin with baking paper, add the cake mix and bake at 150°c Fan for 1 hour. It may need 10 minutes extra. Let the cake cool in the tin before you turn it out.
  2. The ice cream is the easiest ever. Add all the ingredients into a pan, taste to see if any extra chai tea powder is needed. Bring to a boil let cool. Transfer to an ice cream machine and churn.


  1. My husband loves pistachios…I think he would be pleased if I served him a slice of this cake.

  2. Ooh we love pistachios and almonds and this looks fabulous Dave! And chai ice cream, perfect combination.


  3. You are on a wonderful dessert trend and I am loving it. Lime and pistachios cake sounds delicious, a little tart and a little sweet! Take Care, BAM

  4. That looks wonderful, and very moist 🙂

  5. I love your savoury food, David, and nice to see you are equally good at baked goods. I love how simple that ice cream is!

  6. Oooh! Love the addition of chai ice cream – never tried it before. Looks amazing

  7. Isn’t this a smashing dessert. I love the pistachios as the base for the cake and the ice cream is perfect with it.

  8. Your cake looks deliciously moist, and I love the flavour combo of lime and pistachio. I also love that it’s gluten-free – although I’m not intolerant, I’ve been trying to cut down my wheat intake recently, so this one is perfect for me. Thanks for sharing it.

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