In our house, like many I guess, the tradition is that the birthday person gets to pick his or her birthday cake and I create it. Some years ago, we went from my go-to domed ice cream cake creations (molded in the yellow Pyrex bowl) which were pretty easy to assemble and accommodated all sorts of flavor combos, to requests which were a bit elaborate for my skill level (read: patience with fiddly things). For some reason – my bull-headedness perhaps – I would accept each challenge with generally reasonable success. Quadruple chocolate ice cream layer cake? Done! Forty-seven-fruit-flavors-in-one ice cream layer cake? Done. Banoffee pie as ice cream layer cake? Uh… Anyway.