It was my father’s birthday last month, and I have yet to meet someone who has as overzealous about the choice of his cake, celebrations and meals. And this makes us at home far more nervous and on-our-toes for his big day. The struggle is usually between what he wants and really what he ought to have, and it always comes down to an argument over ice cream cake which the majority always dissuades. Last year I tried recreating the Kwality Walls Viennetta Ice Cream Cake (anyone heard of that one?), which has layers of vanilla and coffee ice cream, between thin layer of melted dark chocolate and garnish of whipped cream. But this time, I wanted to go a bit gourmet and also befitting a 62 year old man, and not just fiddle with ready-made ice cream.
This is a decadent and indulgent cake made with premium ingredients – ground green pistachio, hints of cardamom and nutmeg and delicate saffron infused into butter. You can purchase ready pistachio flour, or you can make your own at home by pulsing down whole pistachios. I use a cream cheese frosting with saffron and real vanilla bean speckled through – as I wanted this to be a real royal cake. I knew the flavor palate will work well with the elders and received great reviews from everyone.
However, while the rest of the family and friends ate slices and slices of this cake, my father, the birthday boy, preferred an ice cream cake – a cassata that had layers of fluorescent synthetic pink bubblegum ice-cream, a synthetic pistachio green flavor and another flavor that is yet to be figured out. Honestly, you can’t take the kid out of a man ever.