I just love cakes. Not the too sweet ones nor the chocolate ones. It can be dense,moist,fluffy or whatever . As long as it is not so sweet it is good for me. Back home in India I would make the simple tea cake..just a simple mix of good old milk, eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar and vanilla essence and it always tasted good. When I moved on to more complicated cakes, the results werent that encouraging. I had once made a cake, had it all decorated and took it to a friends house only to learn that it wasnt even cooked well. That was a very embarassing moment for me. So you will understand when I saw I am wary of cakes.
I first saw the recipe here. While sufing the web I found that many others had made the same recipe and everybody was raving about it. I decided to go ahead…spend quite some time shelling the pistachios and my fingers were all red and a couple were bruised after the shelling. 'The cake better be good' I thought…and when it finally emerged out of the oven I was kinda disappointed. I had imagined it to be a little 'less' dense but once I took a bite I knew it was a winner. Satish agreed and so did our friends who ate had it as a late night snack. I did not do the glaze but the next time I make this cake it will be done. I am sure it will increase the visual appeal for this wonderful cake.
I did not change the recipe a bit. But there was a little of the batter that was remaining as I did not have the baking dish that the recipe demanded. So I got creative with that..added some baking powder, a whiff of chocolate powder and a splash of milk and poured into the muffin pan. Here are the results of that…a fluffier piece of 'tastiness'.