2.28.2009

Daring Bakers February Challenge


Flourless Chocolate Cake with Vanilla 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.

This months Challenge was a flourless chocolate cake, inspired by Malaysia’s “most flamboyant food ambassador”, Chef Wan. As an additional Challenge, we were asked to pair up the cake with our own home-made ice cream. For the cake I used 72% cocoa dark chocolate. The preparation of the cake didn't pose much of a problem. About an hour after I started, I could unmould a fragrant cake from the half-sized spring-form. It was dense, chocolaty and a pleasure to eat. (which you should do on the day you make the cake, as it will start to become dry from the second day on). BUT the real superstar, the king of the hill, the queen of the light of dawn of this Challenge was the home-made ice cream. This tasted sooo very good. One wonders, how it is possible to have lived without it. Shortly after Christmas I actually got myself an ice cream maker at an end-of-season clearout sale, and this Challenge gave me the final nudge to take it out of the box. There clearly will be made many batches of ice cream in my kitchen this summer. And of course I could use the half hour churning time to whip out some cinnamon tuiles to use as spoons. :)

Should you not have an ice cream maker and still need some time until seeing the light and buy one, here are some tips by David Lebovitz for making do without or you can check Dharms post at the link given above.

A big Thank You to Wendy and Dharm for hosting this fun Challenge. Have a look at the cakes with ice cream of my fellow Daring Bakers at the blogroll.

23 comments:

ARLENE said...

You sure know how to cut a slice of cake...generous! Looks delish.

Linsey said...

Great job on the challenge. The melting ice cream makes it look all the more appetizing. Yum!

Junie Moon said...

This was indeed a fun challenge and I agree about the ice cream. I love the photo of your presentation, makes me want to grab a spoon and just dig in to your creation.

This challenge is my first as a Daring Baker, a thoroughly-enjoyable adventure. I look forward to March's challenge.

Lisa Michelle said...

Great job, perfectly executed cake and ice cream - plus I love the simple, unadorned photos -clear and perfect! BTW, to leave comments on wordpress, just click on the title of the post then scroll to the bottom of the page. OR, you can click on comments beneath the title of the post :)

chickiedoodle said...

Your picture makes me want to make this all over again -- so appetizing!

easypeasyrecipes said...

Love it! Cake and ice cream look great! well done!

Namratha said...

That's a perfect looking slice of cake, well done!

Dragon said...

Wow, your cake looks amazing! Great job with this month's challenge.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Who knew, 3 ingredients, easy to mix up and results in great "cake"!
Nothing beats out home made ice cream.

Marye said...

Fantastic job on that!It looks awesome.

marye
http://www.bakingdelights.com/2009/02/28/daring-bakers-reveal-day-flourles-chocolate-cake/

Claire said...

Great job! Glad you were able to use your new toy for the challenge.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very well done! Your cake and ice cream look fantastic!

Cheers,

Rosa

lifeglutenfree said...

Great job! This was my first challenge. It was fun.

Audax said...

Lovely post and the clear way you explain the recipe is a joy to read. I have noticed your posts on the DB forum good to see that are participating. Great job on this challenge. Yours from Audax in Australia.

fatboybakes said...

yeah, there's something indescribably rewarding about home made ice cream!!!!

MeetaK said...

oh i could indulge in this cake all over again. looks great!

Heather said...

This is a lovely cake that you made - it's pretty high I think. Thanks so much for your advice on the pan size - I have a trip coming up to Kerekes Baking supplies this afternoon and will get a 7 inch springform. Heather

Ally said...

Lovely cake! And lucky you to have the right machine at the right time, love the clearance sales!

ice tea: sugar high said...

Once you try homemade ice cream, there's no going back to the store bought one! Your cake looked delish andreas! Well done. Very apetizing

Aparna said...

Perfect slice of cake!
Mine just sat down in the middle, still it was pure chocolate so I'm not complaining.:)

Jenny said...

Funny - you say eat the day of, and I've read a bunch of blogs where they said it was better two days later! Nice job on this challenge!

Passionate About Baking said...

Lucky find, the ice-cream machine! My elbows know the pains of hand made ice-cream LOL!! That serving looks delidh!

Jo said...

Great job on your challenge. Now you can use more of your new "acquisition" as well.