Gluten free Cardamon pistachio cake

1 cup of sugar

2 tsp grated orange zest

1 1/4 cup toasted/roasted pistachio nuts

1 cup ATK flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp ground cardamon

1 tsp kosher salt

4 large eggs

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup yogurt preferably Greek

2 tsp vanilla bean paste

1/4 cup olive oil (not butter)

Frosting

3/4 cup powdered sugar

2 tbsp greek yogurt

In a food processor mixed together the sugar and the orange zest until the sugar is moist and the orange zest as well incorporated releasing the oils throughout, about 2 minutes.

Toast the pistachio nuts in the oven until they are dry and roasted. In the food processor grind them lightly 5 or 6 pulses until they are somewhat chopped up set aside 2 tablespoons for garnish. Then pulse the nuts the rest of the way until they are a fine grain almost powder.

Mix the ground pistachio nuts into the flour, baking powder, cardamon, kosher salt and stir together, set aside.

Incorporate the sugar mixture with the eggs , orange juice , yogurt , vanilla bean paste and olive oil.

Fold in the pistachio nut mixture.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and pour into a lightly greased and sugared pan. Cook for 50 minutes, cooling completely then frost and top with the remaining pistachio nuts.

Adapted from ATK recipe

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