Pistachio & Cashew Summer Fete Cake


Bake off is back on our tellies this week, to celebrate I've made a summer fete inspired cake.
It's perfect to have a slice with a cuppa whilst you watch the show. It's really easy to make but needs a little patience as you essentially make two tiers and sandwich them together. 

Why not top with fresh flowers, make sure they are edible ones like Roses, Pansies, Marigolds, Hollyhocks and Daisies. Or alternatively you can top with Pistachio nuts if you prefer, just pile a cluster in the middle of the cake and ta da!

You'll need...
For one cake tier....
115g self raising flour
140g muscovado sugar
75ml sunflower oil
1 large beaten egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 grated carrot
1 mashed banana
25g pistachio & cashew nuts

For the topping...
170g icing sugar
200g soft cheese
85g melted butter 
Pistachio nuts or fresh flowers to decorate

To make...
Mix all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl until well combined and smooth.
Break up the nuts and stir into the bowl.
Turn into a greased 18cm cake tin and shake to level the surface.
Pre-heat the oven to 180oc, bake for 30 mins
Leave to cool, turn out onto a wire rack and repeat to make the second tier.

Sift in the icing sugar into a bowl, add the soft cheese and butter mix together until smooth.
Spread the icing onto the top of one tier.
Then put the second tier on top of this.
Spread icing on the top and decorate with nuts or fresh flowers.
Serves 6-8 people.

Photographed using my Country Ducks collection exclusively from Debenhams

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