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Lemon Pistachio Cake Slices Side By Side

Lemon Pistachio Loaf Cake

  • Author: Haley
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 standard loaf cake 1x


Lemon Pistachio Loaf Cake is a delicious way to make the most of citrus –– it has a tender, perfectly textured crumb and is loaded with crushed pistachios. All drizzled with a bright lemon glaze, this is the perfect nutty, tart cake that you can eat for breakfast or dessert.


  • 2 cups (256g) all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (90g) ground raw pistachios (+1 tbsp for topping)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cup (285g) granulated sugar 
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 large eggs, room temp
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) neutral oil
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) sour cream, room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 2/3 cup (185g) powdered sugar 
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 


  1. Preheat your oven to 350℉.
  2. In your food processor, pulse your pistachios until they're a crumb, some bigger chunks is ok. In a medium-sized bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, and ground pistachios.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, mix together the lemon zest and granulated sugar with your hands, rubbing them together until fragrant.
  4. To the lemon sugar, mix in the eggs, oil, sour cream, and vanilla extract.
  5. Add the mixed dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined.
  6. Spray and line your loaf pan with parchment paper. Pour in the batter and bake for 50-55 minutes.
  7. When the cake is out of the oven and slightly cooled (about 20 minutes), mix together the powdered sugar, lemon, and vanilla extract. Pour over the cake and top with additional pistachios if desired.