Saturday, February 28, 2009

oh, for the love of chocolate . . .

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The February 2009 Daring Baker's challenge is hosted by Wendy of a charmed life, and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef.

They chose 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.

I label myself an "alternative" Daring Baker, since I choose to bake vegan most of the time, but I just couldn't figure out how to replace the eggs in a recipe so dependent on them! This month, I caved, and made only a dairy-free chocolate valentino:

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Since the original recipe called for a POUND of high-quality bittersweet chocolate, and my budget gets tighter and tighter by the minute these days, I chose to make a quarter-recipe, using my silicone muffin pan to make four "mini-cakes." These four morsels of rich, chocolately goodness were quickly devoured by Dan and myself -- Dan was a big fan, and was so puzzled that the cakes were "cakey," without containing any actual flour. Maybe I'll enlist his help next time, so he can see the true magic that stiffly-whipped egg whites can produce?

Admittedly, I skipped the ice cream portion of the challenge this month. It's February in Minnesota, people -- I'm already freezing, without ingesting any actual frozen substances! (Let's hope I still get credit for completing the challenge!)

11 comments:

Anzj said...

You were smart for not using the full pound of chocolate; mine little cakes went in the freezer for the most part, cause this cake is RICH. Although I must admit that making the ice cream (sorbet) was part of the fun; sorry you missed that!

VeggieGirl said...

As a fellow Midwesterner, I don't blame you for skipping the ice cream portion, haha :-D

Loooovely cake for this month's DBC!!

Sharon said...

Oh wow, love it. You're definitely an amazing baker in my books.

veggievixen said...

mmm so good.

i want it to be warm!!

Lauren said...

Mmm, your cake looks awesome, great job doing it dairy free =D!!

lisamichele said...

No ice cream? Bad girl! LOL Just kidding. as I know how cold it gets in the upper midwest! Your cake came out lovely, great job!

Amy said...

I remember mid-western winters... I don't blame you one bit for skipping the ice cream. Plenty of time for that in July! You did a great job with your mini-cakes, so simple and yet so beautiful.

Jude said...

I'm sure you'll get credit for completing the challenge. The only requirement was to produce something heart shaped, wasn't it?

shellyfish said...

That little heart is cute!
I did feel a little silly concocting sorbet in February, but luckily the recipe I made was pretty small!

Leslie said...

the cake was perfect by itself!!!!
delicious challange!!

breadchick said...

Yea, having grown up in the UP of Michigan, I would have skipped the ice cream too but the opportunity to make snow ice cream was just too much!

These were rich but yours are so cute and lovely. Well done on your challenge.