Saturday, February 28, 2009

Daring Baker's Challenge: Flourless Chocolate Cake with homemade Ice Cream

The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE's blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef. We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.

I was really excited when this month's challenge involved both ice cream and chocolate cake. I have always wanted to make my own ice cream and never had a reason to do it before. Lucky for me my sister owns an ice cream maker which I was able to borrow. I also loved the fact that the chocolate cake was just a few simple ingredients. I also knew the perfect time to make everything and that was for Valentine's Day. My husband and I have a tradition of making our own Valentine's Day dinner together instead of going out. So I thought this was the perfect way to end that meal.

I first started making the ice cream a couple of days before I wanted to serve it with the cake. I made just a plain vanilla recipe since also this was my first time making ice cream. We were provided with two recipes but I made one that I had in a cookbook instead. It was very similar to the one that Dharm provided for us. Everyone thought it was very tasty and not something you would get in the store. I unfortunately don't have a picture of the ice cream with the cake because it was on my computer.

The chocolate flourless cake recipe could not be any easier then it was which is a bad thing...makes it too easy to make again and again. I didn't have the 8" springform pan it called for so I used a 9" cake pan which worked out great. About 5 minutes after I took it out of the oven it developed a big crack down the middle. Since I needed to find a serving platter to put it on I just flipped it over onto a tart pan. I ended going to visit my in-laws and needed something to transport it on anyway. Another one of the requirements/suggestions was to make it in a heart shape. I didn't have the heart shape pan but decided to make strawberry hearts and use conversation hearts to fulfill that part.

My Review: I loved the taste of both the ice cream and the cake. I have had a lot of flourless choclate cake and I just liked the texture of this one a lot. It wasn't so dense that you needed a gallon of milk to just eat one piece. Instead of using all semi-sweet chocolate for the cake I used a combo of semi and milk chocolate. Next time I might try all semi or mix some dark into it. I really like the flavor of the ice cream and will make it again but next time maybe I will try a more complex flavor.

I currently don't have access to my computer and so I don't have all the links I need to attach to this post. Once I get my computer back I will update this post.

About 5 minutes out of the oven
Ready for Transport
Decorated with a Strawberry Heart
Decorated with Conversation Hearts


Amy said...

How fun that you used the heart candies! Great job.

marye said...

it really looks beautiful. nice job! Isn't making ice cream fun?

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