a dome of rose and pistachios

My sister was scheduled to leave for India, so I made this going-away cake for her. I love the feminine color combination of pale pink and green, and was also looking for an excuse to try a flavor combination of rose and pistachios. The buttercream frosting is in fact flavored with rose water and rose petal jelly. The rose flavor and scent was very subtle. The white cake dome is filled with a center of pistachio mousse, a recipe I created using pistachio paste, cream cheese, whipped cream and confectioner’s sugar. The rose is made of marzipan (in the future, I’ll try my hand at gum paste decorations). My brother actually said this was quite possibly one of the best cakes he’s ever had and he and sister really appreciated the unusual flavor combination.

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