Pear, Pistachio, and Rose Cake

neil bougourd | 29 January, 2021

            Pear, Pistachio, and Rose Cake



  • vegetable oil (for greasing)
  • 1/2 cup rose sugar
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • ¾ cup pistachios
  • 1 pound (approx. 3) pears - not too ripe (cored and cut into chunks, skin still on)
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder (gluten-free if required)
  • 6 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1½ teaspoons rosewater
Topping and decoration
  • 2 teaspoons apricot jam
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon rosewater
  • chopped pistachios
  • rose petals


You will need 1 x 20cm / 9-inch springform cake tin.

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the sides and line the base of your springform cake tin with baking parchment.
  • Put the sugar and  ¾ cup of pistachios into a food processor and blitz until the pistachios are finely ground, with a few nubbly bits, too.
  • Add the remaining cake ingredients and blitz until everything is smoothly combined and the pears have been pureed into the batter. Remove the blade, scrape down the mixture and use the spatula to help ease every bit of batter into the prepared tin.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes, though take a look at 35 and if the cake looks like it's browning too fast, loosely cover with foil. When the cake's ready, it will be brown on top, beginning to come away at the edges and a cake tester will come out with just a few damp crumbs sticking to it.
  • Sit the cake on a wire rack and leave to cool completely in the tin; like all flourless cakes, it will sink a little. When the cake is completely cold, unclip, remove the base and transfer to a cake stand or plate.
  • Mix the jam, lemon juice and rosewater together in a cup, then brush this glaze over the surface of the cake, removing any small blobs of apricot if there are any. Scatter with finely chopped pistachios and strew with rose petals, then sprinkle a few more pistachio crumbs on the top.

*original recipe