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Raspberry Pistachio Cake

On Christmas eve, my mother put me in charge of dessert. When I found this recipe for raspberry pistachio cake (with mascarpone icing) I knew it was the one. Not only was it red, white and green (appropriately festive), the results had just the right amount of sweetness and lightness to make it the perfect addition to an otherwise heavy meal. My family collectively agreed that it was a sophisticated dessert, necessary for those days when you just want to feel a little bit fancier.

Note: I used Chambord, a raspberry liquor, where the recipe called for raspberry extract.

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    January 4, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Looks lovely!

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    January 4, 2012 at 9:03 am

    This cake was absolutely perfect!!

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    January 4, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I think you’re the new Martha Stewart!

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      January 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

      haha Victoria! That’s really sweet, thank you

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    January 4, 2012 at 10:30 am

    This looks absolutely delicious and I love the addition of the Chambord!

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    January 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

    this is SO gorgeous – my mouth is watering…

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    January 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

    So pretty!

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    January 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    That is so beautiful! Though, I feel sorry for those who get a slice from the undecorated side – though it is a very good effect :D

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      January 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

      I won’t lie, I definitely thought about that! Poor neglected side of the cake…

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    An Irish Village Pantry
    January 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Very very pretty and so is the cake stand I am coveting :-)

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      January 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Me too! It’s my mothers. I’m hoping to “steal” it one day :)

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    January 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I love the way you decorated the top. It photographs so pretty!

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    January 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Looks delicious and beautiful! Great job and wish I was there on Christmas Eve to try a bite.

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    January 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    This might just be the best looking dessert you’ve ever done – amazing!

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    January 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I need to try this, but I doubt I’d be able to get it to look so good :)

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    ana {bluebirdkisses}
    January 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    yum!! ok this is getting added to my “to try” list for sure. I love everthing in this cake, raspberries, pistachios and chambord! yum!

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    January 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    J, this is a beautiful cake! The garnish on the top is especially pretty. Well done indeed!

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    the Jilb
    January 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Yum! That looks fabulous!

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    January 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Wow! You have some serious skills!

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    January 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    That is one absolutely beautiful cake!

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    January 5, 2012 at 8:19 am


    first time here (through The short and the sweet of it) – you have a lovely blog and I´ll be back! :-)

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      January 5, 2012 at 9:02 am

      That’s very sweet – I’m so glad! Thank you!

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    January 5, 2012 at 10:04 am

    This is absolutely fabulous. I am so glad I found you from Alexa!!

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    Leah @ Freutcake
    January 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    You had me at Chambord!

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    January 6, 2012 at 5:19 am

    How beautiful! Come winter, I will be making this.

    Andrea x

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    Amanda (Dear Frances)
    January 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

    There are no shortage of pretty desserts out there in the blogosphere, but its rare that one makes me gasp – this is pure gorgeousness! I think I love it so much because the decoration isn’t fondant or another human made thing – its just 2 colorful, natural ingredients contrasting and showing each other off beautifully. I am never one to volunteer to make a cake for friends’ birthdays, but now I’m looking at my list to see who is next so that I can make this and show it off! And any excuse to use my new KitchenAid mixer is welcome. :) Thanks for sharing!

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    Jen @ pretty plate
    January 17, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Beautiful cake. Love your site!

    : ))

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    June 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    This cake looks AMAZING! I am going to attempt to make it tomorrow. Hopefully, fingers crossed, it’ll turn out well :)Thank you for sharing, you’re a STAR :)

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