Chocolate & Pistachio Naked Layer Cake

With lovely layers of moist chocolate cake, dark chocolate ganache, crunchy chocolate crumble and a luxurious pistachio buttercream, this chocolate pistachio naked cake is a three-layer masterpiece! Naked cakes (called so because they don’t have an outer layer of frosting) are impressive and surprisingly easy to assemble, resulting in a stunning presentation that shows off […]

With lovely layers of moist chocolate cake, dark chocolate ganache, crunchy chocolate crumble and a luxurious pistachio buttercream, this chocolate pistachio naked cake is a three-layer masterpiece!

Naked cakes (called so because they don’t have an outer layer of frosting) are impressive and surprisingly easy to assemble, resulting in a stunning presentation that shows off the different layers of texture and flavor.

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Naked Layer Cake on a white background with a bowl of pistachios and cake server.

It’s January again… and you know what that means.

It’s Taylor’s birthday!

Which means… cake. Chocolate cake, if we’re being specific.

I didn’t have any grand plans to make an over-the-top fondant-covered masterpiece this year (been there done that have no desire to do it again lol), but still wanted to make him something extra special, and extra delicious.

He only ever wants chocolate cake, so I’ve had to get creative over the years to give him the chocolate cake he wants but also something unique and interesting that would make for a good blog post.

I hadn’t done a naked cake in a while, so I flipped through the Milk Bar cookbook for some inspiration and stumbled across the pistachio layer cake recipe. I still had a few jars of pistachio butter/cream/paste leftover from previous pistachio experiments, so I decided to combine the pistachio buttercream recipe with a moist chocolate cake, chocolate crumb, and chocolate ganache for good measure (because there is no such thing as too much chocolate).

The gorgeous layers of this chocolate pistachio layer cake, with a crunchy crumb topping.

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Ultimate Pistachio Lover’s Gelato

With a light and creamy pistachio base, crunchy chopped pistachios, and a luxurious swirl of white chocolate pistachio cream, this homemade pistachio gelato is for serious pistachio lovers only. This isn’t your boring old pistachio ice cream. With triple the pistachio flavor and a delightful contrast of textures from crunchy to creamy, it takes pistachio […]

With a light and creamy pistachio base, crunchy chopped pistachios, and a luxurious swirl of white chocolate pistachio cream, this homemade pistachio gelato is for serious pistachio lovers only.

This isn’t your boring old pistachio ice cream. With triple the pistachio flavor and a delightful contrast of textures from crunchy to creamy, it takes pistachio to a whole new level.

Two cones of pistachio gelato overturned on a white plate with two spoons and dish of green pistachios on the side.

Taylor knows what he likes. When he finds it, he sticks with it (lucky for me, lol).

But this is also true for gelato. All throughout our travels, all the amazing gelato and ice cream shops we’ve discovered that wow me with their creative flavors, 9 out of 10 times he’ll end up with the pistachio.

Needless to say, he’s been a happy boy these last few weeks as I was testing this recipe.

Scoops of pistachio gelato in a shallow dish with a layer of pistachio cream on top.

I originally decided to make a pistachio gelato to use up the leftover jars of various pistachio creams/butters I had from testing these delicious morsels.

…and ultimately ended up buying way more pistachio stuff because I just can’t leave well enough alone.

Not only did I want to make a luscious, creamy pistachio gelato, but I also wanted to add a swirl of pistachio cream AND crunchy candied pistachios. The ultimate pistachio gelato, if you will.

But that basically meant I was testing 3 recipes in one.

I really make things hard on myself, don’t I?

(Of course, if Taylor was in charge he would make plain ass pistachio. But we all know that’s not how I roll.)

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