Monday, August 2, 2010

Crazy weird icecream volcano cake invention

I have no idea what inspired this, aside from a few left over egg whites in the fridge, and a craving for chocolate ice cream.

I had been thinking about making a bombe alaska, as I have never tried one.  I guess this is very similar, just more like a volcano!

To assemble, I lined a mixing bowl with glad wrap, and filled the bottom half with strawberry ripple and white chocolate ice cream.  I let this freeze for a few hours, and then removed from the freezer.  I sprinkled the layer with chopped up white chocolate and strawberries, and then covered it with some chocolate ice cream.  I made this by adding 1/3 cup of cocoa, a few tablespoons of milo, and some chopped dark chocolate to a batch of standard vanilla icecream.

While this was happening, I made a batch of chocolate brownies in a round, springform pan.  When cooked, I placed on a plate, and pricked all over with a fork, and drizzled with a mixture of sugar syrup and creme de cacao.  I did this as I was worried about the brownie freezing and becoming too hard (it kind of worked, next time I'll try about 1 cup of liquid).

I then turned the icecream layers out on to the top of the brownie layer.  I trimmed away the edges of the brownie.  I scooped out the top of the ice cream, and placed a small ceramic bowl in the top of the cake.  Next, I covered the cake in my meringue (180g egg whites, 180g caster sugar, and a pinch of salt, whisked to very stiff peaks).  It was then baked it in a hot oven for approximately two minutes to get the browning effect.

I refroze it for a while longer, but evidently not long enough as the icecream didn't quite recover from it's trip into the oven, and was a little soft (hence the messy layers).

When serving, I warmed around 1 shot of scotch in the microwave for 15 seconds, and tipped it into the bowl at the top of the volcano, and lit it up!

I thought it looked pretty impressive, but I look forward to improving it.

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