I have never been much for cake, and so never pushed myself to attempt actually baking one.
However, Audrey’s first birthday motivated me to make the first attempt. My mother and grandmother did this often when the children were little.
The 1-year-old who loved Winnie-the-Pooh got a pretty sad-looking Pooh cake. At least she could tell it was Pooh was on the cake. Another attempt failed and made me again promise to myself that I would just stick to buying cake.
Only a few months later, after I was volunteered to make dessert for Thanksgiving dinner, did I come across this recipe for Pistachio-Honey Cake. This prompted me to say, “Well, you can’t buy that. I will have to make it!”
If you know me at all, you know that I don’t accept failure well. I will keep trying something until I can do it and do it well (or at least get a passing C grade).
I figured I would subject my family, once again, to the Arnold Cake Experiment. With the exception of my mother, who always says something nice, the rest of the crew are pretty tough judges. Especially the children.
I hoped that with ingredients like corn bread, strawberries, pistachios, honey and mascarpone cheese, at least it would taste good (even if it was in pudding form). I am a lover of not only pistachios, but also the marriage of salty and sweet.
The cake ended up not only tasting good, but looking good as well. The family gave it a grade A.
This was the perfect light, very moist and flavorful chaser to a filling Thanksgiving dinner. Besides, it was nice to have something in addition to the traditional pie.
Brittany Arnold is a freelance writer from Roseburg, the editor of the Douglas County Moms section of nrtoday.com, and a News-Review columnist. Her personal blog and contact information are at myabcsoup.wordpress.com.