Clodagh's Orange Pistachio Yogurt Cake

Clodagh's Orange Pistachio Yogurt Cake

This is one of my favourite cakes at this time of the year. It’s a much needed burst of sunshine. Deliciously light, and moist due to the natural Irish yogurt. You can make a gluten free version by simply using gluten free breadcrumbs. You can substitute the pistachios with hazelnuts, roast the hazelnuts before you add them to the cake, it enhances their flavour. It will last for one week, but not sure you will have any left for to test me on that!

To serve:

Decorate with 50g roughly chopped pistachios and the zest of one lemon on top. Serve with a dollop of natural Irish yogurt

Created By: Clodagh McKenna

Preparation time 30 mins | Total Time 90 mins | Serves 8


  • 50g slightly stale white breadcrumbs
  • 100g almonds, ground
  • 100g pistachios
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 125ml sunflower oil
  • 200ml natural Irish yogurt
  • zest of 1 orange
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • For the citrus syrup:
  • juice of 1 orange
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C / Gas 5.
  2. Grease a 20.5cm (8in) round and 5cm (2in) deep tin and then lightly dust with flour.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the breadcrumbs, almonds, pistachios and baking powder.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs with the caster sugar. Continue to whisk while pouring in the vegetable oil, followed by the natural Irish yogurt.
  5. Next stir the liquid pour into the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the orange and lemon zest. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and into the pre-heated oven.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the cake is golden brown. To ensure cake is done, insert a skewer into the center – if it’s ready, the skewer should come out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a plate.
  7. Meanwhile, make the citrus syrup. Put all of the ingredients into a saucepan and bring gently to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved completely. Simmer for 10 minutes or until thick.
  8. While the cake is still warm, pierce it several times with a skewer, then spoon the hot syrup over the cake, allowing it to run into the holes. Leave to cool. Spoon any excess syrup back over the cake every now and then until it is all soaked up.
  9. Sprinkle chopped pistachios on top, and the zest of one orange. Serve with natural Irish yogurt