I made this for Thanksgiving one year ago and it has become a family must-have at special gatherings. The combination of flavors makes this cake an exceptional dessert. My sister, who never bakes ever, insisted on participating this year so she can make it some day for her own special occasions. BTW, last year, I froze a piece for her and, several months later, she reported that it tasted as creamy and delicious as when first baked. It's entirely possible to make ahead and freeze and not lose any quality.