I'm a huge nut fan. Almonds. Walnuts. Pecans. Cashews. Peanuts. I don't discriminate; I love them all. However, the expensive pistachio is my absolute favorite. Go figure. What can I say, I have a very mature palette. Since this delicious green nut tends to be a bit pricey, I usually only buy pistachios around Christmastime because the green makes for festive treats, naturally. However, a while back my co-worker generously gave me a bag of her pistachios. I was thankful and extremely happy. I enjoyed a few handfuls of them until I stumbled across this Pistachio Cake recipe on Pinterest. I knew I had to make this dessert and soon, which (if you know me) is odd because, unlike nuts, I am not a cake fan. I prefer creamy cheesecake. Or a warm, gooey cobbler. Or a giant bowl of ice cream. Or a fudge-y brownie. If there is cake, chances are I will pass.
But this cake included pistachios and claimed to be "skinny." Which is automatically good for you, obviously. And another bonus: Cool Whip frosting instead of the sugar-and-butter-loaded stuff usually slathered all over a cake in which the sugar-smell alone hurts my teeth. Yes, I wanted to make this. I decided to postpone baking this cake until Labor Day when there would be plenty of people around to eat it, and the chances of it dying in my fridge would be slim.
|Light and fluffy frosting is always a good sign.|
Alas, this idea did not go as planned. The morning of my little Labor Day get-together, my oven decided it wasn't going to work. "Mine [was] broken" <---I can't say that without thinking of the scene in Pretty Woman (my favorite movie, btw) where they're at the opera and she thinks her glasses are broken. LOVE. <3
Anyhoo, the stove top and broiler both worked, but the oven did not. I discovered this when I was making my father and I crescent rolls for breakfast and the oven was taking for.ever. to preheat. (At least I didn't have the cake batter mixed and ready to go in....then I'd have been very angry.) Why?! I'd been craving this cake for over a month. Now, I had to run out and buy some pre-made cake-thing because I couldn't make anything. Grrrr.....I was not happy but the party must go on.
To make a long story short (as Mr. B says) the party went well, no one knew why the oven wouldn't work, and Mr. B wasn't "pleased" with the idea of purchasing a new oven. But the very next day, while cooking dinner on the stove top, I decided to turn the oven on just to see what would happen. Lo and behold it worked! No idea why, or how, but we had an oven again.
The first thing I put in that oven was this cake. And, yes, I had no one to share it with.
It was delicious and I though it seemed quite rich and heavy despite the "skinny" claim. I guess that's a good thing when you're eating something healthy and it doesn't taste healthy. I think my father would approve. Too bad he wasn't there to enjoy it. However, I was able to pass some off to my step father-in-law. He found it quite delectable. The only adjustment I made to the recipe was the milk. I used almond milk in the frosting instead of regular. Head on over to Skinny Mom's blog for the full recipe to this delicious Skinny Pistachio Cake.
This cake is super easy to throw together and decently healthy. However, next time I'd prefer a homemade white cake as opposed to the box mix, which will take a little bit more time. But when it comes to eating healthy and paying attention to what goes in your body...it's worth the extra few minutes.
With Love and God Bless,