Hi all. I’ve been working all day in a clinic with no internet…I brought the cake to the clinic and the response was amazing. Everyone…EVERYONE said it was the best cake they ever tasted. It is amazing! Really. And I’ve eaten a lot of cake in my day. A LOT. This cake is just stunning. \
To answer the questions…
I made the frosting with the golden syrup, exactly as in the recipe.
I don’t know where the nuts were from. I bought them in the “Food Emporium Bridge Market” on east 59th street in NYC…it is a fancy up-scale sort of market…and they came in a little container that just said: “Shelled pistachios”...the only ingredient listed was “pistachios”...so there was no salt added. I don’t know if they were roasted or blanched…but they were very very green. The flavor and texture of the cake is amazing. I didn’t order the pistachio essence…but I was able to pick up a little bottle of “pistachio flavor” that is really made for candy making…I added two drops to the cake, and two drops to the frosting. The cake was delicious. I can’t wait to make it for my family for mother’s day