Saturday, February 28, 2009

For the Love of Chocolate

I loved this month's challenge. How can you not love an easy cake that takes no time at all to throw together? The cake turned out rich and moist, but it's a heavy cake. I thought it tasted great with the home made ice cream of course my hubby liked them seperate and not on the same plate. I'm making the ice cream again for sure! It was the right amount for what we like to eat and I think it's easy to add any flavor you want to it. I always like the make the base recipe by itself instead of adding to it first off and if it doesn't taste good then I'll never know if the original recipe was good or not.

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.

Vanilla Philadelphia Style Recipe
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
2 cups (473 ml) of half and half (1 cup of heavy cream and 1 cup of whole, full fat milk)
1 cup (237 ml) heavy cream
2/3 (128 grams) cup sugar
Dash of salt
1 (12 grams) tablespoon of vanilla
Mix all ingredients together (we do this in a plastic pitcher and mix with an emulsifier hand blender-whisking works too).
Refrigerate for 30 minutes or longerMix in your ice cream maker as directed.

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

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. (I made a heart and I did a small round cake for a birthday treat.)

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 or 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. (I rushed the unmolding of the heart and so it ended up breaking.)


  1. Allie, your photos are absolutely amazing. You inspire me.

  2. oh so yummy...can I come over for dessert next time?!?!

  3. How cute is that cake of yours!!!! The whole ensemble looks amazing, great work!!

  4. Great photos! I love my chocolate, this cake looks super good!

  5. Your cake and ice cream look great and I love the photos!