June 03, 2008

Coconut Mango Chocolate Ice Cream Cake... And New Toys

It was only a matter of time before I caved and bought myself another ice cream machine. Another one? Yes. Allow me to explain… As anyone who frequents this blog knows, I’m no stranger to ice cream, having made such wonderful flavours as Apple Crisp Ice Cream, Maple Roasted Banana Brownie Ice Cream, and Super Matcha Jumbo White Chocolate Raspberry Supreme Ice Cream just to name a few. So it was with great sadness that I left my ice cream maker at my parents’ home when I moved out, (again). For the past 6 months, despite the fact that most of that time has been winter here, I’ve pined away for my missing ice cream machine. Now that the days have become longer and the sun is getting brighter I’ve been regularly hearing the siren’s call, luring me to my destruction. And just like the mariners in mythology I am drawn in by the sweet sound of the siren’s voice, or in my case, of the whirr of the ice cream machine. So when I saw the twin to my old ice cream maker, (this one!) on sale at a ridiculously low price I had to snatch it up. Sometimes you have to treat yourself and if you’re me, that means buying kitchen gadgets and cookbooks. And that was how I ended up trudging down the street carrying a big box with a heavy ice cream maker inside on a day that I hadn’t planned on purchasing anything. I don’t think I can help it though, I believe it’s genetic. Dad has been known to come home with all sorts of things, (all essential like an ice cream maker, of course) ranging from kites to full sized tractors and everything in between. Why just yesterday he came home with a Wii… I can’t wait to destroy him at MarioKart! There’s nanners all over the track!

Bri's Coconut, Chocolate Mango Ice Cream Cake

Unless you have a commercial ice cream maker or multiple bowls for your ice cream machine, this will be a multi-day affair, it’s easy though, so don’t worry. If you have a silicone baking pan, this is the perfect use for it. And remember, whatever flavour of ice cream you pour into the bottom of the cake pan will become the top of the cake, (in my case coconut, mango and then chocolate). Make whichever flavour of ice cream you want on the top of the cake first and when it’s done in the ice cream maker, simply pour in into your cake pan and put it into the freezer to set. After making your second ice cream flavour simply pour it overtop of the first one, and so on, creating multiple layers. The sky’s the limit with mixing ice cream flavours and layers. When you’re done, let the ice cream cake set up in the freezer for a few hours, preferable overnight. If you’ve used a silicone mold to freeze it in simply flip it upside down onto a serving plate and peel off the mold. If you’ve used a normal cake pan you pan have to dip the bottom in hot water for a few second to release the ice cream, (alternatively you could have lined the cake pan with saran wrap). Decorate as you wish, I just melted and drizzled chocolate.

Coconut Ice Cream (from Anna Olson’s Sugar)

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup coconut milk

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp coconut extract

dash salt

1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped

Beat cream cheese and sugar. Add coconut milk, lemon juice, extract and salt. Whip cream to soft peaks and fold in.

Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Chocolate Ice Cream (from Joy of Baking)

2 cups (480 ml) half-and-half

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons (50 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 vanilla bean or 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 ounces (55 grams) semisweet chocolate, chopped

4 large egg yolks

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar

In a small saucepan gradually whisk together the half and half and the cocoa powder until it is a smooth paste. Place over medium-high heat and bring the half-and-half cocoa mixture and the vanilla bean (if using) to the scalding point (the milk begins to foam up). Remove from heat, take out the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds from the bean with the back of a knife, and mix the seeds back into the half-and-half. Add the chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate has completely melted and is smooth.

Meanwhile in a stainless steel bowl beat the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy (about two minutes). Gradually pour the scalding half-and-half mixture into the whipped egg yolk mixture, making sure you keep whisking constantly so the eggs don't curdle. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook until the custard thickens enough that it coats the back of a spoon (170 degrees F) (77 degrees C).

Immediately remove the custard from the heat and continue to stir the custard for a few minutes so it does not overcook. At this point stir in the vanilla extract, if using. Cover and let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate the custard until it is completely cold (several hours but preferably overnight).

Transfer the cold custard to the container of your ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Mango Sorbet A La Brilynn

3 ripe mangoes

½ cup water

½ cup sugar

Little splosh of coconut rum

Little squeeze of lime juice

Make a simple syrup by combining sugar and water in a small saucepan and brining it to a boil, stirring so that sugar dissolves. Removes from heat and let cool slightly. Put all ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Put mixture in the fridge and let cool completely before freezing it in your ice cream machine.

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Manggy said...

Gosh, is this the $50 one?! Hahaha, I know exactly how you feel. Except that I usually set out to buy lots of stuff and am disappointed when I come home not with the things I planned to get.
Lovely layered ice cream cake! You know, I've never had ice cream cake! Commercial ones dropped out very quickly and the only one left manufacturing is Haagen-Dazs and I can't afford that, haha!

Peabody said...

I am all for buying more kitchen stuff! :)
The cake looks super tasty and the layers are so pretty.

Meeta K. Wolff said...

Kitchen gadgets rock! But what I absolutely love is this cake - simply outstanding!
PS: Thanks for the birthday wishes I take it you are sending me this very cake?

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

You should never apologize for buying more kitchen gadgets, or for having two of anything (I have two Kitchenaid mixers....), especially when the food you create brings such pleasure to your family and friends.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Oh, darling, you are so forgiven! We'd be mad at you if you hadn't bought that beauty... :)
That ice cream cake didn't have to look amazing - because it's so delicious already - but it does look stunning, Bri!

LyB said...

Seriously, I don't use my ice cream maker often enough! This is so tempting Brilynn, really beautiful too. :)

Susan @ SGCC said...

That is a beautiful cake! The coconut ice cream sounds wonderful too. One of my faves!

Glad you treated yourself to a new ice cream maker. Sometimes, you just have to do these things. ;)

Deborah said...

Now that's my kind of cake!! 3 ice creams in one - you can't beat that!

RecipeGirl said...

You've completely outdone yourself on this one. Everything about it looks absolutely delicious. My problem with ice cream cakes is finding the space in my freezer (unless we eat it all up immediately, of course!)

Suzana said...

I know the feeling... I've been craving for an ice cream maker too, and for me is also a matter of time until I do the same!! Awesome cake, Brilynn!

PheMom said...

I'm all about more kitchen gadgets! Beautiful ice cream cake!!

Maria said...

Your cake looks great!! I want to try it soon!! And with several different flavors, but that combo looks really tasty!

I am getting married soon and I am getting lots of new kitchen gadgets! It is so fun!! I just need to find room for them all!

Mary said...

The cake looks fantastic. Imagine the damage you could do if you had both ice cream makers at home going at the same time! Wheee!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I would have done the same thing! Few things can beat homemade icecream! # layers ice-cream cake is all about patience, you did great, it looks divine!

Elle said...

It's gorgeous! I have GOT to get my ice cream maker out and running. And I'd have thought you were crazy for not buying that one! So that makes you totally normal in my book, hehe.

Unknown said...

That coconut, mango and chocolate ice cream cake sounds so good!

Barbara said...

wow, beautiful.

Gattina Cheung said...

you should have your own cookbook published! Brilliant recipe!

Anonymous said...

Ooh... is that gorgeous, or WHAT?!

I've been holding out on buying an ice cream maker-- just can't imagine where I'd put it in my tiny apartment kitchen.

Gabi said...

Oh that looks so good- I guess it is time to "fire up " (is that an oxymoron?) the old ice cream maker!
I'm gonna have to make all your recipes.

BTW I've passed an award on to you-you completely deserve it! xoxo

Here's the link:

Gigi said...

I love buying kitchen gadgets! As for the cake ...OMG does it look delicious!

Anonymous said...

Nice cake! And hurrah to the new ice cream machine, am waiting for the right price before I finally take the plunge myself...but I can't wait - then I might even be able to try making my own ice cream cake!

Steph said...

The cake looks so delicious! I love the photo's, the background is gorgeous!

cookworm said...

That looks so delicious. Mango and coconut are practically Kryptonite for me. :)

Renee said...

This is beautiful! I love homemade ice cream cakes...they always wow the company. Also, you can NEVER have too many ice cream makers...crucial

Annie said...

I love ice cream cake and since my birthday is in the winter I really got jipped as a kid.

Life is unfair.

Your cake is beautiful.

Cherish the gadgets!!!!

Anonymous said...

You should never be without an ice cream maker. You do amazing things with it!

Maggie said...

Absolutely stunning ice cream cake, full of the most amazing flavours. Yummy!!

Anonymous said...

I'm in love with your blog today.
Ny has made it's switch from winter to summer (not much of a spring around here) and it's sooo hot today.
Thanks for providing all this lovely food porn to cool me off (or perhaps heat me up?)! ;-)

Ann said...

A photo shoot of an ice cream cake, outside? You live on the edge, I really like you! :)

Dragon said...

I'm also completely addicted to the whirring sound of my ice cream maker. :) I think my family bought it for me so they could have homemade ice cream all the time. I tend to give most of my ice cream creations away.

Coconut, mango and chocolate? OMG! It looks devine.

Pam said...

What a beautiful cake filled with awesome flavors. Great job!