Hello, Baker!

It’s the end of the month and time for a Daring Baker’s post again! In the spirit of Valentine’s Day we were instructed to make a flourless chocolate cake and accompany it with an ice cream of our choice. Having missed the last two challenges cause I’m a total lame-o, I was mega excited about doing this challenge. In fact, I actually didn’t procrastinate like I usually do and made it ahead of time! High five, Rebecca!

The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE’s blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef. They 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 cake is extremelyyy chocolatey, which is perfect for all you chocolate lovers out there. I used a huge block of dark chocolate so the ice cream was definitely needed to tone down the extreme richness of this cake. Seriously, it’s so rich that it’s hard to eat it plain, but I’m sure there are some chocolate loving people out there that would have no problem with it. I also covered my cake in brown sugar whip cream to assist in toning down the chocolateyness.

Some of the things that they told us to keep in mind while making this cake is that you should use your favorite chocolate. This cake will taste EXACTLY like the chocolate you use. This cake also has a high cocoa percentage, which increases the bitterness of a cake. If you want a sweeter cake, then use milk chocolate. Also, some people were able to make this cake with white chocolate, but it isn’t the easiest thing to accomplish because white chocolate is not the same as real chocolate. If you do produce a cake with white chocolate it won’t be the prettiest thing in the world, but I’m sure it’ll taste great.

Note on recipe – the recipe consists of 3 simple
ingredients and how you interpret them is part of the challenge. The
simplicity of this recipe gives credit to the ingredients much in the
same way of French baguette.
-This recipe comes together very quickly with a hand mixer.
-This is a very decadent cake that will sink a little as it cools but will still hold its shape.
-Very dense and fudgy cake that tastes divine.
-The top forms a light crust kind of like a brownie

Chocolate Valentino

(Recipe from Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy)
I used a 6 inch pan and got two cakes out of this recipe.

  • 16 oz/1 pound/454 grams of chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) + 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  1. 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.
  2. While your chocolate butter mixture is cooling. Butter your pan and line with a parchment circle then butter the parchment.
  3. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls.
  4. 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).
  5. With the same beater beat the egg yolks together.
  6. Add the egg yolks to the cooled chocolate.
  7. 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. {link of folding demonstration}
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375F/190C
  9. Bake for 25 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C.  Note – If you do not have an instant read thermometer, the top of the cake will look similar to a brownie and a cake tester will appear wet.
  10. 10. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.

As seen in my previous post, Brown Sugar Toffee Ice Cream with a Dulce de Leche Swirl is my current ice cream obsession so it was obvious that I’d choose to make that to go along with this cake. I decided to follow the theme of my ice cream and made brown sugar whip cream to cover the cake. I felt like a frosting would have been too much so a light whip cream was perfect. I also sprinkled toffee bits along the top and covered the sides of one of the cakes completely in toffee bits. I also added dark chocolate curls for decoration and tried to make white chocolate curls, but they turned more into flakes so I just scattered them on top too. 

This cake was good, but again not quite my tastes. I’m not a major chocolate lover and I also only like my cakes chilled, but that sort of hardened the cake too much. I think I might have also baked it too long (considering it’s hard to tell when it’s done) because my cake came out pretty dry. It was still good for a new treat to enjoy, but I think my cakes actually got thrown out in the end because no one wanted to eat them. Oh well!

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  1. isabelle on February 28, 2009 3:47 pm

    du très beau travail ! la présentation est superbe :)

  2. Caitlin on February 28, 2009 4:02 pm

    Beautiful job! Whipped cream was probably a good thing to tone the chocolate down with.

  3. katie on February 28, 2009 4:52 pm

    Wow…beautiful! I love how you decorated it!

  4. Rosa on February 28, 2009 5:06 pm

    Really beautiful! Very well done!



  5. Spike on February 28, 2009 6:28 pm

    That ice cream sounds amazing! beautiful cake

  6. clumbsycookie on February 28, 2009 7:04 pm

    OMG! That ice cream! Wanna kill us all?! That sounds amazing!!!

  7. Debyi on February 28, 2009 10:22 pm

    Your cake looks amazing! Your ice cream sounds delicious as well. Great job.

  8. Wendy on March 1, 2009 1:26 am

    I love the way you decorated your cake. It looks delicious. The ice cream sounds wonderful.

  9. Kitty on March 1, 2009 4:14 am

    I’m a fellow DB, but I actually saw this beautiful post on foodgawker! This is gorgeous! I made an ice cream cake out of mine, so if you like cake chilled – this one would be perfect!

  10. Rhyleysgranny on March 1, 2009 8:28 pm

    Looks gorgeous. Well done :)

  11. Erin on March 2, 2009 2:17 pm

    What a beautiful cake!

  12. sara on March 2, 2009 9:12 pm

    Yum, this looks amazing! The brown sugar whipped cream sounds like a great complement to the cake, and your photos are gorgeous!

  13. ingrid on March 3, 2009 4:09 pm

    That’s a shame they weren’t completely eaten as they really were gorgeous. I loved how you decorated them. I can never think outside of the box.

  14. Brandi on March 7, 2009 9:08 pm

    Your cake looks lovely. But as for your ice cream — wow! I’ve bookmarked it, and I am going to try it out very, very soon.

  15. Elizabeth on March 8, 2009 7:58 pm

    That is really creative how you decorated it! Looks wonderful!

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