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Sicilian Pistachio and Nutella Cake

Sicilian Pistachio and Nutella Cake Recipe

Sicilian Pistachio and Nutella Cake beautifully showcases pistachios both inside and on the cake.  
Course Dessert
Cuisine Sicilian-Italian
Keyword pistachio nutella cake, Sicilian desserts
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 428kcal


For the cake

  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups pistachios, crushed

For topping

  • 1/2 cup pistachios, crushed
  • 3/4 cup Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread


  • Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease and flour a 9 inch spring form pan.
  • In a large bowl combine egg yolks and sugar.  Whisk vigorously until the mixture forms ribbons when you lift the whisk.
  • Add melted butter and vanilla.  Mix well.
  • Stir in sifted flour and baking powder and mix until just combined. Add the crushed pistachios and stir. 
  • Using the whisk attachment of your stand mixer, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold half the egg whites into the batter with a spatula.  Stir in the remaining egg whites until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool about 10 minutes before removing the sides of the pan.
  • When the cake is cooled, use an off set spatula to cover the top and sides with Nutella.  Sprinkle the top and sides of the cake with crushed pistachios. 


To crush pistachios:
  • Purchase whole shelled pistachios or with shells on if you don't mind taking the time to shell them yourself. 
  • Make sure they are not roasted or salted. Salted pistachios will definitely affect the taste of your cake.
  • Place in a plastic bag and crush using a rolling pin or flat side of the meat mallet.
  • Another option would be to coarsely chop them with a sharp knife, but that will be a bit more time consuming!
  • Do not grind in a food processor.  This cake uses crushed pistachios not pistachio flour. 
Please note that the nutritional information provided is approximate and may vary according to the exact portion size.


Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2.4mg