This is a lighter take on a traditional Christmas cake, filled with velvety layers of raspberry creme fraiche.
400g creme fraiche
200ml thickened cream
1 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
200g raspberries, torn in half, plus extra to serve
35g (¼ cup) pistachios, chopped
Pistachio and almond Christmas cake
200g (1¼ cups) blanched almonds
100g (¾ cup) pistachios
495g (2¼ cups) castor sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
325g unsalted butter, softened
500g (3⅓ cups) self-raising flour
180ml (¾ cup) milk
80ml (⅓ cup) sherry
1. Preheat oven to 160C (140C fan-forced).
2. To make the cake, grease and line the base and sides of 2 x 20cm round cake tins with non-stick baking paper. Place almonds and pistachios into a food processor and process until fine. Set aside.
3. Place castor sugar, vanilla and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, until combined. Add flour, milk, sherry and the almond and pistachio mix, and beat on low speed for 30 seconds to combine. Divide evenly between the prepared cake tins and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool cakes in their tins for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
4. To assemble, whisk creme fraiche, cream and icing sugar in a bowl until soft peaks form. Fold through raspberries. Slice each cake in half horizontally. Place a layer of cake on a serving plate then top with a quarter of the cream mixture. Repeat, alternating cake and cream, finishing with a cream layer on top. Scatter with pistachios and extra raspberries to serve.
Tip: Make sure the cakes are cooled completely before cutting in half and assembling. The cake layers can be made a day in advance, just wrap tightly in cling film once cooled.
This recipe features in our ultimate Christmas feast