February 28, 2009

DB Flourless Chocolate Cake and Ice Cream (original and raw)

It's Daring Baker Time!

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.


My brain was elsewhere this month and I ended up leaving this challenge until the very last minute. This month our hosts gave us the task of making a flourless chocolate cake and ice cream to go with it. For the cake we were given the recipe for Chocolate Valentino from Sweet Treats by Chef Wan, Malaysia’s “most flamboyant food ambassador". I've made similar flourless chocolate cakes before so I decided to make a small batch of the required recipe and try a new raw cake recipe as well. If you haven't tried one before, raw cakes and brownies are the perfect way to get your feet wet in raw food. It's amazing what you can do with cocoa, nuts and dried fruits. The results are delicious, very satisfying and rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants.

For my ice cream I went raw as well. I bought an ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer last year and while I love the homemade sorbets I've been disappointed with the soy milk and soy creamer recipes for ice cream I've tried. However the raw ice cream recipes have been fantastic. For the challenge I went with a bookmarked recipe for Raw Chocolate Avocado Mousse Ice Cream. This recipe doesn't require an ice cream maker but I thinned the base a little with water and used mine anyway. I also added a good pinch of salt, because chocolate and avocado both need salt to bring out their flavors. I also added some not raw mini chocolate chips and a tablespoon more agave, to make it more appealing to my son.

I also had some homemade caramel ice cream made, a work in progress which is semi raw. I paired that with the original flourless chocolate cake. This ice cream recipe is still a little too heavy but I promise to share the recipe as soon as it meets my exacting ;) standards. For the base, I'm playing with the raw Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from Everyday Raw, a recipe I highly recommend.

The quality of chocolate is key in these recipes. For the flourless Valentino cake I used Scharffen Berger semisweet chocolate. For the ice cream and raw cake I didn't use raw cocoa. Raw cocoa is fine but can't match my favorite cocoa, Green and Black's Organic cocoa. You'll taste the difference in everything you make with this cocoa and it's fair trade to boot!

The Valentino cake was a decent flourless cake but I have to tell you that I much preferred the raw cake. It's more like a square of fudge than a cake per se but the chocolate flavor is excellent! It's just sweet enough and it was wonderful with the creamy avocado ice cream and fresh strawberries. Another Daring Baker challenge accomplished, thanks to the hosts and to the great bloggers whose recipes I used.

Mini Chocolate Valentino (the flourless chocolate cake) with caramel semi-raw ice cream Raw Chocolate Cake with Raw Chocolate Avocado Mousse Ice Cream My favorite baking cocoa is Green and Black's Organic Fair Trade Cocoa
*photo swiped from G&Bs website, the pretty brown and gold container was ridiculously hard to photograph well


Recipe Links:
-The original recipes for the challenge are provided by Wendy at WMPE's Blog or Dharm at Dad - Baker and Chef. A 2/5 recipe makes a perfect dozen mini cakes in this Norpro Mini Cheesecake Pan.
-I used Shelly's recipe for Raw Flourless Chocolate Cake, please visit her wonderful blog Musings from the Fishbowl. Her cake recipe comes from Raw Food Made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet. I molded Shelly's cake in a 6-inch springform pan and it worked nicely.
-The recipe for Raw Chocolate Avocado Mousse Ice Cream comes from Vegan Cookbook Critic, who adapted the recipe for chocolate avocado mousse from Renee Loux's Perfect Chocolate Mousse. I recommend trying this as mousse as well, it was very good unfrozen.
-You'll have to wait for the caramel raw ice cream recipe but you can find the recipe for raw mint chocolate chip ice cream in the book Everyday Raw by Matthew Kenney. A link to the book can be found in my post Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (dairy-free, raw and fantastic!)

Click below to visit the Daring Baker Blogroll and see the other chocolate creations.

57 comments:

mlle noelle said...

I left mine til the last minute, too, of course! I will be posting it later today. It doesn't look nearly as fancy as yours but it tasted pretty good. I did a raspberry ripple ice cream and a raspberry sauce.

Patsyk said...

Both versions of the cake look incredible!

VeggieGirl said...

HOLY RAW DECADENT GOODNESS!!

lisa (dandysugar) said...

Wow, everything looks great! The chocolate avocado ice cream looks delicious! Gorgeous!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Stunning! That raw cake and ice cream look fantastic! Great job!

Cheers,

Rosa

Kevin said...

That looks so decadent and chocolaty and good!

Heather said...

sounds fabulous! that chocolate avocado ice cream sounds delicious! and that strawberry looks so fresh and colorful!

Marija said...

Sounds great! And that ice cream... Just perfect!

I always do my challenge the last minute :)

Lisa Michelle said...

The chocolate ice cream along side the fudgy cake with the strawberry is one of the most decadent photos I've seen - PURE gooey, fudgy, richness. Everything looks great, but I'm in love with all that glistening chocolate!

BTW, I think G & B swiped that photo back! Geesh, you gave them full credit!

shellyfish said...

Your photos are just so beautiful, Maggie! I am always inspired by you. I am so happy you tried & enjoyed that recipe - it's really a winner, hands down.
I hope your family enjoys the second take tomorrow!

Claire said...

The raw cake is definitely fudgy looking! I think the flourless one is beautiful as well...and that caramel ice cream is inviting.

Leslie said...

looks divine!!! Love the mint

Hannah said...

Wow, do those ice cream look incredibly luscious or what! And I'm still very impressed by anyone who can make a DB challenge raw.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

What an interesting sounding ice cream, I had to go and read the recipe because I was curious about the color. Can't wait to see your other ice cream you're developing!

Lauren said...

Mmm, your cakes look amazing! The raw chocolate avocado mousse ice cream sounds wonderful as well =D!!

Elra said...

Unbelievably moist and delicious looking, Wow!
Cheers,
Elra

lifeglutenfree said...

The raw version looks wonderful :)

Marianne said...

Those are some decadent looking desserts. How badly would I love to gobble both of them up right now?! Great job, and great photography.

creativecarryout said...

Wow - you've really got me intrigued with the raw cake and frozen goodies. Excellent idea!
Michelle
http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

Audax Artifex said...

This post is a revelation to me – so many things and concepts that I have never ever hear of - the whole idea about “raw foods” is one that I have to search to find out the whys and hows of it. Your excellent! (2nd last) photo of the raw chocolate avocado mousse with the raw chocolate cake is very evocative I love the density and the gloss of the cake. You have done a great job on this challenge be proud of your high level skills. Yours Audax

Janet said...

Ooh your raw creation looks amazing!!! Funny, I used avocado in my ice cream too but I never imagined using with chocolate.

5 Star Foodie said...

Wow, very decandent! The chocolate avocado ice cream sounds heavenly!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Wow, a raw cake? That looks amazing and I love the ice cream flavours too :)

gail said...

Your photos are lovely. Thank you for sharing a raw version of this month's challenge!

Veggie Wedgie said...

Your ice cream look delicious!!I love how you also made a baked version!

Sophie said...

MMM...? raw cake?! That looks so yummie & love your ice cream too!!!

pigpigscorner said...

The cake looks so chocolatey and dense! yum yum!

Jamie said...

Simply amazing! It all looks so rich, decadent and chocolate! Beautiful!

joey said...

Lots of good stuff going on here, Maggie ... you're making me very hungry! Thanks for stopping in with your kind invitation. Love Michigan & Michigan bloggers :) We're blessed!

Donna-FFW said...

Both of your versions look delicious. I love how you presented them!! I so want one, no both!

jillian said...

Both versions look great! Very interesting info about the raw cakes.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Maggie - once again my hat goes off to you. These both look fabulous and again, you've managed to find such creative solutions for the non-dairy.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Wow, I love all your raw versions! They look amazing! I have bookmarked both recipes and I look forward to checking them out - and MAKING them!

vibi said...

I don't recall admiring such apetizing dessert... wow!

Everything looks out of this world! Very, very well done!

Need a sugar fix now... gotta go! LOL LOL

madcapcupcake said...

WOW! I can practically taste the chocolatey-ness from here!! Everyone sounds delicious, from the cake to the ice creams - great job :)

Zesty Cook said...

Beautiful photos! Amazing work. I am such a fan of your site.

zesty

Esi said...

Wow! So impressed that you were able to make it two ways even though you started late. And both ways look wonderful!

Olga said...

the mini cake is super cute!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Wow! They both look so good, I would never be able to choose one! I'm going to have to try a raw cake sometime. You've sold me! ;)

chou said...

Maggie--I appreciate the alternative chocolate cake option. It looks more like what I was dreaming of :).

Passionate About Baking said...

I feel faint just looking at your gorgeous pictures. WOW!! Well done indeed on a brilliant challenge. G&B do have the best cocoa & also the best bittersweet chocolate!

chriesi said...

Both look fantastic!

DJ Karma said...

I really wanna get more into that raw stuff- it looks soooo good!

Jenny said...

It looks delicious. I've been dying to try making raw chocolate avocado mousse, and appreciate the pinch of salt hint.

breadchick said...

What a wonderful twist on this month's challenge! The raw cake does look like ooey gooey fudge.

glamah16 said...

I am loving the sound of your ice cream. I would be curious to try to make that.

gastroanthropologist said...

Wow! That avocado chocolate mousse looks so creamy and delicious. I'm also a fan of green & blacks - love the cocoa powder and they also have a great espresso dark chocolate

stephchows said...

I love that you experimented and did two versions of this! They both look delicious!

TavoLini said...

Wow--very impressive!! Looks fantastic (and I bet it tastes even better!!)

Jo said...

Brillantly executed challenge and love the pictures.

Ben said...

Great job and beautiful photography, Congratulations!

Marysol said...

What a taste bud teaser!
I can just imagine how incredibly-rich that chocolate avocado mousse ice cream tastes atop the cake. Must try this.

talesofexpansion said...

wow, that raw cake looks amazing. and i definitely need to try the chocolate avocado mousse ice cream!

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

Gorgeous cakes, gorgeous ice cream, gorgeous photography too!

Dawn said...

I wanted to get that raw book for so long now, and now I must. that ice cream looks so good!!

Talita said...

That chocolate cake looks really yummy! I love it!

L*Joy said...

I join the chorus of really impressed commenters.