Get ready for this year’s Great British Bake Off with our interior Designer at Debenhams Ashley Thomas and her recipe for the summer fete inspired pistachio and cashew cake.

The annual mouth-watering Great British Bake Off isn’t really worth watching without some delicious cake to watch it with, is it? Look no further for wonderful recipes as we’ve got Ashley Thomas on the case, delivering you the perfect summer-inspired cake to get you in the mood for Britain’s favourite baking show.

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You’ll need:

For one cake tier…

 

115g self raising flour

 

140g muscovado sugar

 

75ml sunflower oil

 

1 large beaten egg

 

1 teaspoon baking powder

 

1 grated carrot

 

1 mashed banana

 

25g pistachio & cashew nuts

 

For the topping…

170g icing sugar

200g soft cheese

85g melted butter

Pistachio nuts or fresh flowers to decorate

To make…

 

Mix all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl until well combined and smooth.

 

Break up the nuts and stir into the bowl.

 

Turn into a greased 18cm cake tin and shake to level the surface.

 

Pre-heat the oven to 180oc, bake for 30 mins

 

Leave to cool, turn out onto a wire rack and repeat to make the second tier.

 

Sift in the icing sugar into a bowl, add the soft cheese and butter mix together until smooth.

 

Spread the icing onto the top of one tier.

 

Then put the second tier on top of this.

 

Spread icing on the top and decorate with nuts or fresh flowers.

 

 

Serves 6-8 people.

 

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