Pistachio and Pomegranate Yoghurt cake

Today was our traditional family school holidays ‘ladies lunch’. We are always delighted to have 4 generations of us together.


Of course, ladies who lunch, must also have cake. Special cake. And this was my offering today. Beautifully moist and tart, it was well received by everyone.  Phew!


The idea of the yoghurt cake was based on Indian Chef, Nita Mehta’s Basic Eggless Vanilla Cake.

For the syrup:

  • 2 cup pure pomegranate juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate

Place all ingredients, except seeds, into a saucepan, stir well and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce to a simmer for about an hour until it has reduced by more than half, stir regularly. (or Speed 2, Steam Temp for about 3 mins, then reduce down to 90C for about an hour).

While the syrup is simmering, de-seed your pomegranate. I find the easiest way to do it is in a bowlful of water – the seeds sink and the pith floats. No mess!


Once the syrup has reduced, add the seeds and set aside.


For the cake:

  • 1 1/4 cups spelt flour (or 1 cup GF flour mix)
  • 1/4 cup pistachio meal (or roasted pepita meal)
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 cup milled coconut sugar
  • 1 cup yoghurt (dairy, soy, coconut)
  • 1/2 cup light tasting oil (rice bran or tasteless coconut, melted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder

In a stand mixer, mix together the yoghurt and sugar until sugar has dissolved (speed 4, 8 seconds, scrape down and repeat)

Add in baking powder and soda, mix to combine then sit aside for 5 minutes, allowing it to bubble (speed 4, 6 seconds)


In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, nut meal and salt.

Go back to the yoghurt mix and add oil and vanilla. Mix well (speed 4, 10 seconds).

Then, whilst mixing (on speed 4) gradually add in the flour mix (about 1/4 cup at a time), until well combined and light.

Pour into a greased 9inch round tin and place into a pre heated 160c oven for about 45 minutes, or until golden and a skewer comes out clean from the middle.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes before poking holes over the cake for the syrup to soak into a little later.

This cake cuts best if allowed to cool for a couple of hours before slicing. So gently rewarm the syrup and spoon it over the cake before serving.

Enjoy 🙂




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