July 27, 2010

Have Your Cake And Eat It Too, With Some Ice-cream! Swiss Swirl Ice-cream Cake: Daring Bakers Challenge, July 2010


Time again for my Daring Bakers post and this time it’s a cake and some ice-cream, all in one. Even though the challenge and its individual components weren’t really all that difficult to do, I still managed to have problems!

The July 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Sunita of Sunita’s world – life and food. Sunita challenged everyone to make an ice-cream filled Swiss roll that’s then used to make a bombe with hot fudge. Her recipe is based on an ice cream cake recipe from Taste of Home.

Sunita, a friend and this month’s host wanted us to make our own swiss roll cake, two flavours of ice-cream and a chocolate fudge sauce. We then had to layer slices of swiss roll, the ice-creams and fudge sauce to make an ice-cream cake/ bombe.
She gave us the freedom to use either the given recipes or our own for each of the components, and that’s a lot of freedom in a DB challenge.
You can find the detailed challenge recipe on this month's host blog.



My "rescued" Swiss Swirl Ice-cream Cake!


It was our daughter’s birthday early this month and though she had already decided on her birthday cake, she decided she liked this one too. Since she was planning to celebrate her birthday with her friends on a weekend, she thought we could celebrate her actual birthday with this cake. I thought it was a good idea, too. It is another story that what I ended up with an “Ice-cream Cake in a Chocolate Puddle”!



My Experience:


This challenge was a bit spooked for me from the word “go” and turned out to be a bit of an obstacle race/ hurdle! It shouldn’t have been, as it’s not difficult to make ice-cream, a sponge roll and some fudge sauce.

I have never made a swiss/ jam roll before, for the simple reason that I don’t have a suitable pan to bake the sponge in. This was hurdle number one!
I have a small countertop microwave-cum-oven and most conventional sized bake ware just doesn’t fit into it. I do have a rectangular tin but I would have a very small sponge (and not much of the cake to “roll”) if I used that. Since that was the only close to suitable thing I had, I decided to make my sponge in that.

Both the ice-creams in this challenge, like all the ice-cream I make, are eggless so I thought I would do this whole challenge eggless. That decision presented me with the second hurdle!!
Trying to make an eggless sponge is not easy because it is the eggs that largely are responsible for the texture of a sponge cake. But I found a vegan recipe which seemed promising and went to work. The resulting cake was so awful, that there was nothing I could do but throw it out.

So I decided I would forget about going “eggless” with this challenge and decided to use the given recipe to make my sponge. I had seen some pictures of beautiful multi-coloured sponge rolls and decided I would get creative and make a chocolate-vanilla striped sponge roll. If you haven’t guessed by now, this was hurdle number three!!!

I divided my cake batter in to two, one chocolate and one vanilla. I piped alternative rows of batter and baked it. It was just perfect; that is, till I started rolling it up. That’s when the roll stated coming apart and I was left with a chocolate-vanilla spongy mess.

I would have given up at this point but I had promised the birthday girl a cake with swiss roll and ice-cream.
So back I went to the drawing board my mixing bowls and oven, and turned out a plain vanilla sponge. The sponge turned out perfect but it was time for the fourth hurdle!!!!

This time, my cream refused to whip up even though the cream, beaters and bowl were chilled.
The only cream I get here is 25% cream but it usually whips up stiff on what a friend calls “beating the heck out of it”. Not this time, though.
So I tried whipping up a fresh batch of cream. This time, the cream took pity on me, co-operated and stood tall.



The anemic version before disaster struck!


At this point it struck me that my vanilla sponge roll was filled with vanilla cream. This is not a bad thing, but it is the reason why my finished cake looks pale and anemic.
A contrast would have worked in terms of flavour as well aesthetics but with all the excitement that was going on, I forgot to add the cocoa powder/ chocolate to the sponge batter and then to the cream filling as well!



Mango Ice-cream ( the one in my cake is chocolate chip free)


The one part of this challenge I had no problems with, was my ice-cream. Ice-cream (gelato actually, as I tend to leave out the cream mostly) is something I make frequently, especially during the summer and they’re always eggless and made by hand, as I don’t have an ice-cream machine.

Since mangoes are still very much around, I made Mango Ice-cream (left out the chocolate chips this time, but added some cream). My other ice-cream was Cookie Crunch Vanilla Ice-cream. You can find my ice-cream recipes on the respective posts.



Cookie Crunch Vanilla Ice-cream


I didn’t have problems making the chocolate fudge sauce, but it proved to be my hurdle number five!!!!!
Now all I had to do was assemble my Swiss Swirl Ice-cream Cake.
I didn’t have a dome shaped mould, so I used a round glass dish. I lined the base and sides with swiss roll slices and had enough slices to cover the top after adding all the layers. So my ice-cream cake had a swiss roll base too.

Now the challenge recipe suggested using the chocolate fudge sauce as a layer between two layers of ice-cream. However, me being what I am, I had to do things differently and decide to use the sauce as the last layer. I thought that the chocolate sauce would form a lovely layer at the bottom of my cake.



The "Ice-cream Cake in a Chocolate Puddle" version!


Was I ever wrong?
I layered the chocolate fudge sauce over the second layer of ice-cream and it froze beautifully. Once this was covered with a layer of cake slices and unmoulded it was just perfect. I even piped some of the refrigerated fudge sauce at the base of my cake.

When I decided to take the cake out of the freezer and cut it, things began to go wrong. It’s raining here right now and much cooler than it usually is. Yet the fudge sauce layer started melting out from the base and pooled around my cake. The ice-cream layers were still solid.
So my somewhat passable cake was now sitting in muddy looking chocolate fudge sauce puddle!
Now, I understood the rationale behind suggesting that the fudge sauce went in between the two layers of ice-cream but it was too late to do anything about that.

I still needed a picture of a Swiss Swirl Ice-cream Cake (or something close to it) for my Daring Baker post and it went against the grain to use my “Ice-cream Cake in a Chocolate Puddle” as proof of my completed challenge.

So I got my brain working in "rescue the cake" mode. I stuck the cake in its puddle back into the freezer. I scraped off the frozen “chocolate puddle” and fixed the raggedy looking edges of the cake by hiding that behind some chocolate covered wafer balls. Some sprinkles brightened up my rather sad looking cake a bit I was left with an apology of an ice-cream cake.
But this is a single edition original. I can bet you never ever saw an ice-cream cake that looked like mine!



Verdict:


The effort I spent on making my cake and then writing this “desperately trying to be witty” kind of post has tired me out. So I’ll keep this short.

Forget about how my ice-cream cake looks. This is a perfect example for the saying, “Never judge by appearances” because this cake is good. After all, what’s not to like about a sponge roll, not one but two flavours of ice-cream and chocolate fudge sauce?
And as a bonus, this is a cake which freezes extremely well so is good candidate if you’re looking for a cake you can make ahead.

Now go on, and see how this cake should really look by taking a tour of the other Daring Bakers out there.


45 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks super yum...icecream cake never heard of it interesting!

arundati said...

i'd have to say i would want to dive into that icecream cake... i love all things drippy especially when the drips are made of chocolate! looks fab!

Hari Chandana said...

Sounds interesting.. looks amazing dear !!

anchan said...

No matter how it was supposed to turn out (and if you hadn't told us your little secret, I would never have guessed anything went wrong!), it looks fabulous! I'll bet your daughter was absolutely delighted - I am going to make another one for my little girl's birthday in September!

jayasree said...

Ice cream cake looks delicious... Loved the first pic. Despite so many hurdles, you have done a decent job.

Cakelaw said...

I think your cake looks lovely - delicious! The fudge sauce leaking to the outside would have been like pouring it on top.

Jaya Wagle said...

You are so right! Cake, fudge, ice cream, whipped cream!! You can't go wrong. And I bow down to your patience and perseverance. I would have given up at the first or maybe the secon hurdle.

Deeba PAB said...

Oh Aparna, so many hurdles yes so much success. You did beautifully! I agree that it was a very involved challenge. Glad I didn't make the sauce and went for an ice cream instead.

Poires au Chocolat said...

Gosh, so many hurdles! I'm glad you overcame them all - lots of daring needed for that :)

It looks yummy - simple flavours can often be the best anyway!

sunita said...

Now, that's a true daring baker; well done Aparna, for rising above the odds. Sorry about your 'hurdles', but am really glad that you could join in.

Priya said...

My god, wat a fabulous icecream..sorry about hurdles, glad u have overcame them..

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A lovely creation! Your cake turned out well. I love the ice cream filling. A great flavor!

Cheers,

Rosa

Ruth H. said...

Is it strange to say that I love the chocolate puddle?! Despite all of the hurdles you jumped, your result looks fabulous and sounds delicious! Happy late birthday to your daughter, and great work!!

Tanja said...

It looks lovely! I love it how sprinkles and nonpareils can make anything look awesome. I use them too! :D

Tanja

shaz said...

Oh Aparna, hats off to you! You did amazingly well, I was exhausted just reading about your trials, I can only imagine what it felt like.

If you hadn't told us any of the behind-the-scenes, I would have assumed the first cake was perfect and the marks on the plate just where you'd removed the slice :) Great job!

Rochelle said...

I love how neat and pretty your cake turned out!

Yasmeen said...

Excellent job despite the hurdles.The chocolate puddle looks awesome :D

Asha @ FSK said...

LOL...Hilarious post Aparna. Funny I had all my troubles (and that was enough!) with my ice cream and none with the others!!
I can imagine this being great with those fabulous flavors!!

shelley c. said...

Man, this one turned out to be more of a challenge than you bargained for, but it looks like it was all well worth the effort. I would be honored to have such a beautiful, creative and delicious looking birthday cake. Seriously - beautifully done.

Mythreyee said...

A cake dhamaka...too good.

Zita said...

Lot's of ice-cream... I've enter my heaven blog :)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow, loooooooooooove the pics and presentation. You are really a daring baker :)

Arundathi said...

kudos to you for sticking it out through all the hurdles! :)
Good job! Hope the birthday girl loved it!

crumbsoflove said...

Live and learn, I say. Great recovery though!! Looks fabulous still

Vibaas said...

Aparna, i can see you were frustrated with so many hurdles, especially the chocolate puddle, but from the pic i can say it adds to the yum factor. The recovered cake looks yum :) and belated birthday wishes to your daughter.

suma said...

This looks just purr..fect and oh so delish Aparna!! Lucky kid ur daughter!!

Natalie... said...

Once again your challenge is amazing, love the way youve presented it and the flavours sound soooo good!

Nachiketa said...

Despite all the hurdles, the icecream cake came out well.... am sure you're daughter enjoyed eating it....

Due to the heat even my chocolate icecream was melting and creating a puddle....

Daring Baker - Swiss Swirl Icecream Cake

Cheers,
The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts

s said...

loved ur post...I did..and the cake i must say looks Great, regardless of what u thought...

bake in paris said...

You are right, your ice cream cake is really unique and nice. Love the colourful sprinkles :-)

Sawadee from bangkok,
Kris

Marcellina said...

Your cake looks fine! I'm sure your daughter loved it for her birthday and probably more so when you "rescued" it with sprinkles. I don't know about there, but in Australia put sprinkles on something and all of a sudden the kids let out gasps of delight! Well done in persisting even though you had some hurdles!

Trissa said...

Aww Aparna - despite all the hurdles, I see you still managed to persevere and come up with a spectacular addition to the Daring Bakers!

poonam,,, said...

After all the problems,you still managed to make it look really cute aparna! chocolate puddles n sprinkles are my favouritest things!!

Mei Teng said...

As much as I enjoy eating ice cream, I prefer having it on its own rather than in a cake.

My favourite flavour is green tea :)

Lisa said...

What I would give for a B-Day cake with mango and cookie crunch ice cream. I thinkit turned out beautiful, despite the small hurdles you ran into. Looks so festive..your daughter must have been so happy and a happy belated B-Day to her! :)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Oh my! It was just a bad baking day for you! I have way too many of those :(

You still managed to make it look really nice and presentable! I would have loved a few slices (?) of it!

Renata said...

Your story made me laugh! All in all, you proved to be a REAL DB! I'm sure you learned a lot and in the end you could still come up with something so nice that if you hadn't told us the true story, nobody would've known! Congratulations!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Your persistence makes me a true fan! Great job. I'm sorry you had so many hurdles, but if it was delicious, that's really all that matters, right!?

Valérie said...

I think you did a fantastic job! I enjoyed reading your post and all the "hurdles," because I encountered many of the same problems. My cake looks like a disaster (trust me, yours looks just fine), but I agree that tastewise, it was worth the effort!

Happy Cook said...

Now i wee the dessert again i am feeling hungry for it. Love your creation.

linda said...

Wow, you had a lot of bad luck with this cake. Good thing it was delicious! The chocolate pool doesn't actually look wrong at all btw, just creative!

Next time you want to try the swiss roll try cutting it in half lengthwise, this makes it thinner, easier to roll and the size of your dish will probably do perfectly.Your slices will be pretty and mini, making it easier to fill your mould. I did it for mine, though I did bake it in a big pan. But for cutting I halved it and ended up with four thin rolls. I used a different recipe though:
http://linda.kovacevic.nl/archives/219-Green-and-pink-turtle-bombe-with-raspberry-mousse.html

Hope this helps!

Aparna said...

Thanks a bunch, to all of you for leaving such encouraging comments.
I guess my cake wasn't too bad in the looks department as it was nowhere near what I had envisaged for it. :D
But it was awesome tastewise, so it didn't matter much in the end.

Aparna said...

Thanks for that suggestion Linda. I shall definitely keep it in mind the next time I make this kind of cake.

Divya Kudua said...

Hats off to your persistence Aparna..I would've given up if I was faced with 4 hurdles while making this one!!I so relate to you regarding the swiss roll pan,me too have a microwave-convection and most of the pans wouldn't fit in and hence I haven't tried making a swiss roll till date!!I loved this challenge though..looks awesome!![despite all the hurdles you faced,or should I say great results for a tiring challenge??]

Anonymous said...

It look's sooooo yummy!!!