Saturday, February 28, 2009

Daring Bakers Challenge Chocolate Valentino

February's Daring Baker Challenge Chocolate Valentino & 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.

So today I realized that I still had not completed this months DB challenge ,but I was not going to miss another one so I made the Chocolate Valentino Cake today and I did not make the ice cream, but I made a vanilla whip cream. In the past some of the daring baker challenge can take a few days so it was great to have one that I was able to whip together at the last minute. I thought the cake was delicious!! Make sure to check out the other Daring Baker Blogs to see how there Valentino's and ice cream came out!

Chocolate Valentino Preparation Time:  20 minutes 16 ounces (1 pound) (454 grams) of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped ½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons (146 grams total) of unsalted butter 5 large eggs separated

Put chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and melt, stirring often.

Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls.

Whip the egg whites in a medium/large grease free bowl until stiff peaks are formed (do not over-whip or the cake will be dry).

With the same beater beat the egg yolks together.
Add the egg yolks to the cooled chocolate.
Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining 2/3rds. Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter.

I made my Valentino into cupcakes and a mini cake!
Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375F/190C. Bake for 25 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C. ( I should have baked the cupcakes a little less they were still moist on the inside but a little tough on the outside.)
Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.

Here is my final product. I forgot to photograph my whip cream but it was a basic recipe of heavy cream, vanilla extra, and powered sugar. 

"Despite my severe allergy to chocolate I couldn't resist this chocolate treat... But at least there was no flour!!! Two thumbs up!"

Even the bear loved this cake! 


Leslie said...

Love the bear at the end! And what are the chocolate beans around the edge? Too cute.
I think not making the ice cream is be honest, I think that the lighted whipped cream is better than the heavy ice cream! Great job!

Canadian Baker said...

Good job! I used whipped cream totally suited such a rich cake. :)

Sara said...

This looks so delicious! I love how you plated the dessert. :)

Junie Moon said...

I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of making the cake and ice cream. As you mentioned, you can even make it almost last minute which will be something to remember should surprise guests descend upon our doorstep. I like the pictures you included. It's fun to see how other folks approached the challenge as well as the way in which they've made their presentations. Thank you.

CookiePie said...

So lovely! I bet the whipped cream was divine with the cake.

LIsa said...

Way to go, Ruth..awesome job again. Love how pretty your cakes turned out and love the bear photo :)

ARLENE said...

I used a flavored whipped cream, too. I love flourless cake, but it's so rich, it needs very little accompaniement. Great photos.

Lynn said...

I like the idea of whipped cream with this cake, too. I love the picture of the bear. Very cute.

Elra said...

Hi Ruth, I can see someone is really enjoying your creation. Why not? the presentation look very pretty, I am sure they taste really good. Even your teddy likes it, right?

jillian said...

Nice job and very cute photos!

Treehouse Chef said...

I think the cupcake idea was very creative. I also like the chocolate around the cake in the photos. My favorite was the bear eating the cake.

Audax said...

Cute bear and I love the photos of the man eating the chocolate cake even if he was going to suffer for it later. Great work on all the photos that show the method to make the cake. Great work on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Australia

alexandra said...

looks fabulous. anything chocolaty and served in an individual portion that I don't have to share with anyone is right up my alley. nice job!

Dragon said...

Your cake looks amazing! Great job on this month's challenge!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very well done! Your dessert looks fantastic!



ice tea: sugar high said...

Your cake looked delicious! love the picture of the bear.

Jo said...

Great job on your challenge and love the pic with the "hungry" bear. Very cute!

Vera said...

Cute presentation, Ruth!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

That bear is gonna lick that palte for sure, looks delicious!

Nate-n-Annie said...

How nice to have a DB Challenge that isn't a multi-day affair. Good on ya!

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Leslie said...

Thanks for your comment on my Parker House rolls. To answer your question, nope I did not re roll them to be round after folding them over. I think the photo is a little deceiving, they did turn out somewhat oval shape. They we sooo yummy!