Chocolate and Raspberries, and Ice Cream and Cake

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.

Well now, this is a little embarrassing. Looking over my last few Daring Bakers challenges, I see that I have chosen to do a raspberry/chocolate combination for the latest three, and four of the last six. And I wonder why my friends find it so easy to predict what dessert I’m going to order in restaurants.

Not that I’m regretting a minute of it. Chocolate and rasberries go together like, well, ice cream and cake.

And although I have never been big a fan of Swiss rolls (I’m quite certain there is an early-childhood run-in with Little Debbie lurking in my long-repressed recesses), and although my cake looks on the outside like it’s had a run-in with something or other, this bombe was the bomb.

I followed Sunita’s recipes for the Swiss rolls that form the bombe’s outer layer, and for the fudge sauce that ended up sandwiched between the two home-made ice creams inside. My ice creams, churned with my KitchenAid mixer’s ice cream attachment, were both adapted from David Lebovitz‘s wonderful book, The Perfect Scoop. I added cocoa nibs (crushed unsweetened cocoa beans) to the vanilla, and I made the raspberry with Perfect Purée supplemented with a little puree of frozen mixed berries.

Of course it wouldn’t be a DB challenge if I didn’t wind up up with a list of  ”do-next-times” so here it is:

  • Notice how my Swiss roll slices are rather crumby? This happened upon slicing, and freezing thoroughly before slicing would help.
  • I think I’d like a fudge sauce based on cream rather than water; this became a bit icy when frozen.
  • Reversing the ice cream layers (raspberry on top, vanilla on the bottom) would give a better contrast between the ice cream and the Swiss roll layer.
  • Whole raspberries should go in there somewhere.

I believe some of the other Daring Bakers offer suggestions for flavor combinations that are not chocolate and raspberry. I might have to grudgingly admit that they might be good too.

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  1. What a pretty ice cream cake! I love the flavors you chose.



  2. Your swiss rolls looks so professional.
    It really looks wonderful.
    Where is my knife so I can plunge in!

  3. It looks so pretty and delicious. Well done as always Susan :)

  4. I agree about the fudge sauce – definitely too icy. Your cake looks beautiful, and I love the chocolate/raspberry combo!

  5. Lovely job! Your bombe looks great! And I say, if you like something, stick with it! Chocolate and raspberry are so good together!

  6. This looks beautiful!

  7. This is the best DB cake I have seen so far today. Great flavors and beautiful bombe…

  8. That looks wonderful. Good job.

  9. This looks beautiful. It also looks like something that I would consume all of, it looks so good. Great job.

  10. It looks so beautiful Susan…I love the contrast of the white, chocolate and pink.
    It would make a good birthday cake! :)

  11. Beautiful cake! These month is tempting me to join DB more than any before.

  12. I think your cake looks absolutely perfect. You made this cake, so you should feel free to add raspberries as often as you’d like :D . My Swiss rolls came out a lot crumblier than yours thanks to my overheating oven. I hope I’ll be able to blog about my cake tomorrow. Anyway, congratulations on making through this challenge. You did an amazing job.

  13. … ah … ummm …. think I’ll go with raspberry and chocolate.

  14. It does looks absolutely wonderful…Great job on the challenge,

  15. That’s just plain gorgeous. I’m mightily impressed.

  16. I think I could k__l (i.e. commit a serious crime) to get a piece of this right about now.

    Incredible, Susan. And what a great photograph.

  17. I wasn’t able to participate this month. Yours as always looks amazing!

  18. Your cake looks great! I love the raspberry and chocolate flavor combination as well. I thought about doing that as well and then went with chocolate and cherry. Nice job on the challenge!

  19. Another challenge well done. I agree on some of your “next time” points. I started to cut the swiss rolls and decided to put them in the freezer for an hour to firm them up since they too, seemed crumbly, and I would definately use a different fudge sauce recipe. Hey- and you know what, there’s nothing wrong with raspberries and chocolate!

  20. Lovely! Nice flavor combination.

  21. Chocolate and raspberry is such a great combo…why do anything else? Looks very elegant and delicious!

  22. Oooo… the raspberries add such a wonderful brightness to the dessert! And they’re so adorable. Way to go July’s Daring Bakers Challenge… you definitely are a daring baker. Keep it up ^_^

  23. Oh My! That looks soooo Good! Is there any way that you could pass us the recipe? I’d love to try it! Thanks!!

  24. i love to eat cakes and bake them too that is why i am always on the lookout for cake recipes’:’

  25. i love to munch cakes and i bake receipes based on different cake recipes that i can find on the net,–

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