Daring Bakers Challenge: Flourless Chocolate Cake (Chocolate Valentino)

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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.

February’s challenge is a Flourless Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Valentino, inspired by Malaysia’s “most flamboyant food ambassador”, Chef Wan. Recipe comes from Sweet Treats by Chef Wan.

We were allowed to be creative with what we pair it with.  I stuck with their recommendation of ice cream but decided to make three different flavors: purple yam, colby cheese and green tea.  Since my challenge was served during Mardi Gras, I decided to make ice cream that showcased  the colors of Mardi Gras.  Here is the recipe for the Flourless Chocolate Cake:

Chocolate Valentino

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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.
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. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.

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My notes: I found that my cake did not shrink in the middle when I beat the egg whites only until it is foamy and white and NOT when stiff peaks formed.  I also made sure the eggs where at room temperature.  My ice cream were made using recipe from my Cuisinart Ice cream maker booklet.

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I made a square cake and cut pieces using cookie cutters.  This allowed me to serve small pieces to guests who are not so enamored with chocolate (imagine that!) and bigger ones to those who LOVE chocolate.  I also cut round pieces and piled them up like a mini-tiered cake with small scoops (using melonballer) of ice cream in between.  It made for a fun centerpiece until the ice cream started melting!

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Basic Ice Cream Recipe: (from my Cuisinart ice cream maker booklet)

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup  heavy cream
  • 2/3  cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Heat milk, cream and sugar until sugar is dissolved.  Let cool then pour into ice cream maker and leave for 30 -40 minutes or until desired consistency is reached.

For Purple Yam flavor:

  • Add 1 cup purple yam powder (or 1/2  cup purple yam jam)  to the simmering liquid. Stir until combined and let cool before pouring into ice cream maker.

For Colby Cheese flavor (my favorite!):

  • Add 1 cup shredded colby cheese (or any sharp cheese)  to liquid and simmer until cheese is melted.  Let cool before pouring into ice cream maker.

For Green Tea flavor:

  • Dissolve 2 tbs matcha green tea powder in 1/4 cup milk. Add to simmering liquid and stir until well mixed. Let cool before pouring into ice cream maker.
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» Lisa said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 12:02 }

Oh.My.God – I LOVE LOVE LOVE your trio of ice creams, especially the purple yam and colby cheese (dying to try that one!), I also love how you matched the ice creams to the beads. Great job on everything!

» Tara said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 01:02 }

OMGoodness!
1. Cute presentation.
2. I love your flavors. I mean, I made a really wierd ice cream too (see my post) but colby?! Im too curious… Does it just taste like cheese?
3. Good work, and the egg thing worked for me too.

<3

» Elyse said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 02:02 }

Yum! And what great presentation. Thanks for the tip about the egg whites. I have to say: your ice creams are stunning! Not only are the colors great, but what fascinating flavors!!

» Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 03:02 }

Fantastic idea teaming it together with Mardi Gras and I love the flavours you have chosen. Well done! :D

» chef_d said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 03:02 }

I love love love your ice cream flavors—and great presentation!)

» Anzj said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 05:02 }

What strange but interesting ice creams you made! Cheesy ice cream with chocolate valentino? I LOVE it.

» Kat said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 07:02 }

Your ice cream flavors or SO creative and the presentation is great. Nice job!

» Zita said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 07:02 }

You have the best ice-cream flavors, all my favorites… the cake looks delish too ::)

» virtual chef said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 08:02 }

Tara: Yes! It tastes just like cheese that is sweetened a little bit.

» Veggie Wedgie said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 08:02 }

MMMM…Great ice cream flavors!

» isabelle said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 08:02 }

je ne connais absolument pas les saveurs de tes crèmes glacées mais je serais très curieuses d’y goûter, je suis certaine que c’est très bon !
quelle belle réalisation :)

» Jude said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 08:02 }

Very nice. So awesome how you were able to incorporate the colors of King Cake. Mmm Ube ice cream :)

» Jenna @ Newlyweds said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 09:02 }

love the mardi gras theme so very creative. How did the cheese ice cream taste?

» Lori said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 09:02 }

Great job- I love the colors here. And the flavors!

» Linsey said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 10:02 }

Beautiful work! I also am a huge fan of the ice cream/bead color scheme. Glad to see you had fun with the challenge!

» Tangled Noodle said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 10:02 }

Bravo! What fantastic originality – you managed not only to incorporate a Mardi Gras theme but also Asian/Filipino flavors like ube and cheese ice cream. Delicious!

» virtual chef said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 10:02 }

Jenna: the cheese ice cream was delicious! I grew up enjoying mango and cheese ice cream so it was great to be able to make it and share it with my friends. they all love it!

» anna said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 10:02 }

I love your tri-colored ice cream! I love unusual flavorings like that. I made tiny melon-baller scoops, too!

» Arlene said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 11:02 }

What different flavored ice cream! Great job.

» Shirley said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 11:02 }

I love your tiered cakes! And your ice cream flavors sound really fun.

» Tina said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 11:02 }

A friend of mine always brings me purple yam candies (which I love), so I can only imagine how tasty it would be in ice cream form.
Love the colourful ice cream!

» Junie Moon said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 11:02 }

What wonderful ways to celebrate this month’s challenge. The Mardi Gras theme is a stroke of brilliance and the varied ice creams add just the right touch. Beautiful!

» Chickiedoodle said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 12:02 }

Love love LOVE the mardi gras angle! I have never seen such gorgeous looking ice cream. Plus, everything’s better with cheese!

» Namratha said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 01:02 }

That is a very unique array of ice-cream flavours, loved all of them! Very nicely presented too, so colourful :)

» Lisa said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 03:02 }

Oh, wow! Those ice-creams look phenomenal! Not just the brilliantly creative flavours – the texture looks gorgeously light and silky. I want!!

» Esi said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 04:02 }

The cake looks good, but what really is cool are those totally unique and colorful ice creams!

» katie said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 04:02 }

Wow, Yours looks awesome! Great idea on the ice cream flavors!

» Claire said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 06:02 }

Wow!!! That is a beautiful trio of ice creams but I just can’t imagine what colby ice cream tastes like. My mom said, “I bet that would be good on apple pie?!” Great job and SO creative.

» Rebecca said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 06:02 }

Your ice creams look so beautiful. I only wish I was there to try a scoop of the yam and the Colby cheese!

» Amy said: { Feb 28, 2009 - 11:02 }

Ooh, how festive! These look so good. I am impressed with your ice cream flavours – very interesting!

» lisa (dandysugar) said: { Mar 1, 2009 - 02:03 }

Your cake is adorable! I love your ice cream trio! Ube (purple yam) is one of my favorite ice cream flavors. Beautiful job!

» anjelikuh said: { Mar 1, 2009 - 07:03 }

wowww, what bold ice cream flavors! good job :D

» pigpigscorner said: { Mar 1, 2009 - 08:03 }

Love the flavours of the ice-cream! Well done!

» The Duo Dishes said: { Mar 2, 2009 - 08:03 }

You went all out with that cake and ice cream tower. The ice creams sound amazing.

» jo said: { Mar 3, 2009 - 10:03 }

Great job on your challenge and you did a fantastic job on the flavours as well.


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