Daring Bakers Flourless Chocolate Cake…

by Jamie on February 28, 2009

Today is already February 28th…the end of the month means another Daring Bakers reveal.

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.

Here is what we had to do…
1. Use the recipe for Chef Wan’s Valentino Chocolate Cake
2. Make our own ice cream using our favorite flavors and recipe
3. Use our favorite chocolate…I used semi sweet

I have been super busy recently and was relieved that this recipe was quite simple and would not require days of prep work and a lot of ingredients. In fact, I had everything for this recipe in my pantry and fridge. I have a KitchenAid ice cream attachment which got quite the workout over the summer months, but honestly has not seen the light of day since October. I was pretty excited to pull it from the depths of my cupboards and put it to work. I knew exactly which ice cream I was going to make as soon as I read the recipe. This cake needed to be accompanied by Tyler Florence’s Vanilla Bean ice cream which tastes just like crème brûlée. I have made Tyler’s recipe several times and I always cut the recipe in thirds. I love the recipe because it is a great base and can be tweaked to suit your taste!
The Valentino Chocolate Cake came together so quickly, I was paranoid that I was missing a step or an ingredient. I have a heart shaped pan, but I decided to use a variety of ramekins that I have picked up in recent weeks. I was nervous about cake releasing from the walls of the ramekins, so I also used a 4 inch springform as a preventative measure. These popped right out the ramekins, so no preventative measure was needed!

I served my mini cakes with the ice cream, whipped cream and a delicious raspberry sauce from allrecipes. All of the flavors complimented each other wonderfully and we were truly impressed with the simplicity of this recipe and the fact that is produced such a magnificent dessert. Many thanks to Dharm and Wendy for picking this fabulous dessert…you can find the recipe by clicking the links to their blogs. If my post leaves you craving more flourless chocolate cake, head over to the Daring Bakers Blogroll for my versions of this sinfully delicious dessert.

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Engineer Baker February 28, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Those minis almost look like souffles! Raspberry sauce sounds delicious with them – great job!


avatar Leslie February 28, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Love you outcome of the challange..and those cute ramakins!!!


avatar Em February 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Hey that spoon looks familiar ;-) LOL


avatar Sara February 28, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Yum, this looks SO tasty! That ice cream sounds fantastic. :)


avatar Elyse February 28, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Wow, Jamie, what gorgeous photographs. Everything looks so delicious. Man oh man, do you think I could have one of your cakes? Please?


avatar creativecarryout February 28, 2009 at 6:04 pm

I love your presentation – anything mini is always so pretty!


avatar hannah February 28, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Those are beautiful!


avatar Lori February 28, 2009 at 7:07 pm

I love your ramekins! Your little cakes and the raspberry sauce look amazing. I’m sure they were delicious!


avatar Ingrid February 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Jamie that last photo is a killer. It all looks so good. I do have to admit to being intrigued by the ice cream, I mean creme brulee and that raspberry sauce? YUM!


avatar pinkstripes February 28, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Oh, man, everything looks wonderful. I love the way you molded your cake and the raspberry sauce sounds delicious.


avatar CookiePie February 28, 2009 at 11:43 pm

What a beautiful presentation, and a fantastic, classic flavor combo — yum!!


avatar lisamichele March 1, 2009 at 5:23 am

Your cakes look so light and feathery! Beautiful job on the presentation, so vibrant and mouth watering! Finally, Tyler’s vanilla bean ice cream tastes like creme brulee? Now I have to try it, although burnt sugar ice cream has always been my ‘frozen’ creme brulee :)


avatar anjelikuh March 1, 2009 at 5:44 am

your ramekins are so cute! great photos and presentation, well done!


avatar pixie March 1, 2009 at 5:52 am

it looks so appetizing with the sauce and the mint! YUM!


avatar Jamie March 1, 2009 at 8:39 am

These look so good! So pretty in those little ramekins and yummy with the raspberry sauce!


avatar Emily March 1, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Wow! Your cake looks amazing. I love the raspberries.


avatar vibi March 1, 2009 at 4:06 pm

I’m not sure which I like best… the beautiful, dainty little star cakes… of the moulds themselves.

Humpf… either way, I’m jealous.

Very nice, very delicate… totaly you, Jamie!


avatar Maria March 1, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I am in love with your ramekins!! These are the cutest cakes ever!! Nice job!


avatar Audax March 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm

The mini cakes were a great idea and the raspberry a delight. Chocolate and berries go so well together. Great job on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Australia.


avatar Jaime March 1, 2009 at 6:48 pm

wow i love how you used ramekins!! i’m surprised they just popped out for you w/o any problems! beautiful job!


avatar Dragon March 1, 2009 at 9:24 pm

I love those mini cakes! Great job on this month’s challenge!


avatar MaryMary March 1, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Love, love, love your ramekins and the way the red raspberries look. Fabulous job on your challenge!


avatar Barbara Bakes March 2, 2009 at 12:07 am

I love the shape! Great job!


avatar Jenny March 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Looks delicious and decadent. The shapes are cute too.


avatar ice tea: sugar high March 2, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Gorgeous! love your presentation. Stunning


avatar Vera March 3, 2009 at 11:38 am

Beautifully done, Jamie!


avatar TeaLady March 6, 2009 at 9:29 am

I love the little ramekins. Great job. And since I had to scroll thru your later recipes, they look really good. Tacos and Fat – who knew?? HeeHee


avatar ARLENE March 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Your Valentinos are darling. That taco pie looks mighty tasty, too.


avatar finsmom March 29, 2009 at 8:43 am

These are gorgeous and look delicious! I just linked to you in my blog :)


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