A Daring Bakers’ Flourless Chocolate Cake….Oh The Possibilities!

Flourless Chocolate Cakes


I can’t believe today is the last day of February! This month has flown by! Tomorrow, my parents will be here. March will be filled with more deadlines, assignments and anticipation of things to come. End of the month? Well, that must mean another Daring Bakers’ challenge. Yes indeed! A Flourless Chocolate Cake to be precise. And ice cream…hmmhmmm.


As I do with many of the challenges, I read the recipe and walked away. I like to look at the structure of recipes and think about how I could play with them. This one was perfect for some afternoon fun in the kitchen. I like to take out molds and baking pans and ponder about how to make a recipe work with what I have on hand but I really had little time lately to play as much as I would have wanted to (manuscript due in about a month!). Once the cake batter was made, I divided it up in different ways: square silicone molds, round cake rings and a half sheet pan. For the ice cream, my MO these days is “one recipe-several applications” so I made a vanilla bean ice cream base and divide it to be flavored in a couple of other ways.

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The square flourless cakes have an indent on top which was perfect to fill with some fresh berries and top with a quenelle of vanilla cinnamon ice cream. I split the round cakes and layered them with coffee ice cream with almond brittle bits and wrapped them around sheets of tempered dark chocolate. That’s when B. entered the kitchen and exclaimed “Yum! Ice cream sandwiches!”….”Ugh no…these are layered ice cream cakes”. He then asked what I was going to do with the half sheet pan leftover and since he really seemed to want ice cream sandwiches, I went ahead and used a nifty little gadget that Mary sent me for my birthday and made him some simple vanilla bean ice cream sandwiches.

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The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE‘s blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef. They have chosen 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.

Chocolate Valentino Cake Recipe, adapted from Chef Wan.16 ounces (1 pound) (454 grams) of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons (146 grams total) of unsalted butter
5 large eggs separated

Put chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and melt, stirring often.
While your chocolate butter mixture is cooling. Butter your pan and line with a parchment circle then butter the parchment.
Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls.
Whip the egg whites in a medium/large grease free bowl until stiff peaks are formed (do not over-whip or the cake will be dry).
With the same beater beat the egg yolks together.
Add the egg yolks to the cooled chocolate.
Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining 2/3rds. Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter. {link of folding demonstration}
Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375F/190C
Bake for 25 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C.
Note – If you do not have an instant read thermometer, the top of the cake will look similar to a brownie and a cake tester will appear wet.
Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Recipe:

6 egg yolks
1 cup (100gr)
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split open and seeded

In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and the sugar until pale and thick. In a saucepan set over medium heat, bring the milk, cream and vanilla bean to a simmer, without letting it come to a full boil. Slowly pour the hot cream over the egg yolks mixture while whisking to temper the egg yolks. Pour the whole mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the cream coats the back of spoon. It should register 170F on a candy thermometer. At this point you have made a custard sauce, also known as “creme anglaise”. Let cool completely, strain and refrigerate until cold, preferably overnight.
Once and the custard is cold, process according to your ice cream maker manufacturer’s instructions.
Divide the ice cream in three equal portions.

Cinnamon Ice Cream Recipe: place a cinnamon stick in the soft ice cream and let it freeze 2 hours or overnight to get all the flavor from the spice without the brown color. Remove the stick before using.

Coffee-Almond Brittle Ice Cream Recipe:
Almond brittle:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking sheet
1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/3 of vanilla ice cream mixed with 1 teaspoon intant espresso powder. Freeze until almost set.

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a half sheet pan or an 8×8 baking pan and set aside.
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar and honey. Bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until mixture is golden brown and registers 280°on a candy thermometer, about 6 minutes. Stir in the almonds. Cook until mixture reaches 300°, about 2 minutes. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet. Let cool completely. Break into pieces.

Add the broken brittle to the coffe ice cream and freeze.

Flourless Chocolate Cake...

Comments

152 responses to “A Daring Bakers’ Flourless Chocolate Cake….Oh The Possibilities!”

  1. A Avatar
    A

    Ah! Brilliant as always!!

  2. Lisa Avatar
    Lisa

    Wow – Gorgeous ‘everything’ as always. I can never stop staring in awe at your creations!

  3. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Gorgeous! I love everything on your blog! I could browse your blog over and over again! Love it!

  4. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    What wonderfullllll recipe!!!!! You make me happy every morning… Enjoy your next days with the “French” ;)))) With Love, Sabrina from Italy

  5. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    truly truly one ofthe lovliest and picliciousest food blogs.lovely!
    Shy

  6. glamah16 Avatar
    glamah16

    This cake would make lovely ice cfeam sandwiches. As always beautiful presentation. I llok forward to reading posts with your Mama being with you now.

  7. Snooky doodle Avatar
    Snooky doodle

    superloative! pure joy to the eye and taste buds 🙂 these look so nice.

  8. Dewi Avatar
    Dewi

    Beautiful as always. I like the sandwich ice ream top with fresh berry.
    Cheers,
    Elra

  9. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Endless possibilities,as you say ! I wonder why I never have these wonderful ideas…:-(

  10. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    want to eat beautiful screen

  11. Rosa's Yummy Yums Avatar
    Rosa's Yummy Yums

    I love alll three versions! That coffee-almond brittle ice cream looks particularly delicious! Very well done, once again!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  12. Kaylovesvintage Avatar
    Kaylovesvintage

    amazing ,yummy,beautiful

  13. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Waouw, sublime comme toujours et très appétissant ! J’aime beaucoup la 3ème photos.

  14. sefa firdaus Avatar
    sefa firdaus

    speechless!

    you really are talented and very creative Helen.

  15. • friX • Avatar
    • friX •

    All four versions look amazing !

  16. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    yum!! away from home & eating in hotels at the moment, and craving to be able to get into the kitchen and make something…will bookmark this for next weekend when i'm back home
    take care, sharon x

  17. Lis Avatar
    Lis

    I want ice cream sammiches too!!

    Beautiful challenge 🙂 Have fun with the parents!!!

    xoxxoxoxoxo

  18. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    What a wonderful range of results you got from one recipe! I just love the ice-cream sandwich. Excellent photos as always.

  19. Cannelle Et Vanille Avatar
    Cannelle Et Vanille

    helen, you should check on the side of your rib cage to see if you have scars from conjoined twin separation surgery! 🙂 and for being a bit uninspired we managed right? oh those ice cream sandwiches with all those berries…. i want one for breakfast!

  20. Christy Avatar
    Christy

    Helen, what did you use to get that polka dot textured surface on your cake? I’ve been dying to do that but couldn’t for the life of me figure out what to use! Lol…I had to laugh at Aran’s comment, but I agree, you guys really do think alike!

    Love your take on all of them, and oh, your post of Design Sponge is FABULOUS! I love all the colours!!

  21. Isabelle Lambert Avatar
    Isabelle Lambert

    que du beau et du bon Tartelette ! c’est absolument fantastique tout le travail que tu as fait 🙂

  22. Pei-Lin Avatar
    Pei-Lin

    O my! Falling in love with all your masterpieces! I REALLY enjoy visiting your blog!

    Btw, have you heard of Chef Wan before this DB challenge? He’s THE pastry chef back home … sort of like the Pierre Herme of Malaysia.

    Anyhow, keep up the great work! Look forward to seeing more of your masterpieces and about your family’s stay in the States.

    Cheers,
    Pei-Lin

  23. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    MMMM ice cream sandwiches! And those quenelles are beautiful too Helen! Superb JOb!

  24. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Amazing! You did a very great job.. and your pictures are so yummy!!

  25. Julia Avatar
    Julia

    Such beautiful photographs. I’m drooling for a slice.

  26. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    The photos are just amazing, so beautiful!

  27. LizNoVeggieGirl Avatar
    LizNoVeggieGirl

    BEYOND BRILLIANTLY BEAUTIFUL!

  28. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Beautiful!! I am glad that you used all semisweet chocolate. I used the same too;-)

  29. Jen Yu Avatar
    Jen Yu

    Utterly and perfectly gorgeous. You will laugh at me, but when I saw the quenelle, I thought it was a slice of almond (hey, I’m on the laptop). Then I thought – those are either teenie tiny berries or a HUGE almond. Doh! 😉 You are so fun and creative. I *heart* you 🙂

  30. giz Avatar
    giz

    this cake lended so well to all the confabulations

  31. Marija Avatar
    Marija

    Beautiful, as always!

    I was reading the rest of the comments and what Michelle N said is so true 🙂 Whenever I come here, I just keep browsing again and again and just can’t get enough!

  32. Leslie Avatar
    Leslie

    Beautiful as always!!!

  33. La cuisine des 3 soeurs Avatar
    La cuisine des 3 soeurs

    À vous tous, les daring bakers vous formez une équipe extraordinaire. Chacun de vous interprète le thème choisi pour notre plus grand bonheur. À chaque fois, c’est un festival de douceurs, sans même parler des photos.

  34. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Great job as always. I’m so tempted to get some square silicone molds all of a sudden.

  35. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    I love the contrast of the elegant cakes and the cute ice cream sandwiches. Beautiful!

  36. Dharm Avatar
    Dharm

    You never fail to amaze me!! Thanks for joining us this month and it looks like you had a lot of fun with this challenge!

  37. MC Avatar
    MC

    Ravissant ! Quel talent tu as… Bravo!
    MC

  38. NKP Avatar
    NKP

    I love all your variations! I would be all over the ice cream sandwiches too… 😛
    Great photos, so very pretty. I would blow them up and put them on the walls.

  39. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    This is beautiful, Helen! I love all the colors. I think I’ll make this, this weekend. Anyway, I bet you are so excited with your parents coming and I am anxiously waiting for you book to come out. I’m sure it will be spectacular!

  40. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Amazing! You photography always impresses me, as well as your variety of products you produce so extravagantly from such a small concept. Bravo!

  41. Meeta K. Wolff Avatar
    Meeta K. Wolff

    bravo – what a wonderful bnunch of creation. i am with B – ice cream sandwiches are the best!

  42. Lori Avatar
    Lori

    I always look forward to seeing your Daring Bakers creations. You and Use Real Butter are my first stops!

  43. Sugar Daze Avatar
    Sugar Daze

    Words cannot describe how truly beautiful your creations look and I bet they taste great too! The fresh berries are gorgeous and must have been a wonderful pairing with this simply delicious chocolate cake!

  44. dessert girl Avatar
    dessert girl

    What a cute idea! Is there anything better than flourless chocolate cake? Yep, flourless chocolate cake with ice cream in the middle!

  45. PAM Avatar
    PAM

    Beautiful job and great post. Love the ice cream sandwich idea!!

  46. Dawn Newsome Avatar
    Dawn Newsome

    I could EAT these photos!
    Dawn

  47. baked in alaska Avatar
    baked in alaska

    Flourless chocolate cake is my favorite treat…next to ice cream that is. What a wonderful pairing!

  48. Philo aux fourneaux - Blog culinaire Avatar
    Philo aux fourneaux – Blog culinaire

    J’adore la première photo qui donne tout de suite le ton !

  49. Junie Moon Avatar
    Junie Moon

    I am so impressed with what you’ve done with the February Daring Bakers challenge–your pictures are so beautiful that I’m drooling.

    As a new baker, I’m rather limited in my skills. Your post has encouraged, inspired, and awed me to be brave about trying new techniques and skills. Thank you for this and for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment.!

  50. Lauren Avatar
    Lauren

    Mmm, I love your cakes! And your ice creams, especially the cinnamon one, sound wonderful!!

  51. Arundathi Avatar
    Arundathi

    the icecream sandwiches are brilliant!

  52. Laurel Avatar
    Laurel

    Fantastic job! What creativity! Daring Bakers’ Challenges always provide us a great opportunity to get the artistic juices flowing… 😉

  53. Rachel Avatar
    Rachel

    Wow you never cease to amaze me with your gorgeous creations….

  54. Fit Chick Avatar
    Fit Chick

    Helen, as always spectacular!!! So many variations, where do you find the time? Each one perfect.

  55. jill elise Avatar
    jill elise

    Your ice cream sandwiches are beautiful (well, all the photos are). I considered making them but my ice cream didn’t firm up enough. I wish I had some of yours!

  56. Vera Avatar
    Vera

    Beautiful creations, Helen! But these ice cream sandwiches are the cutest 🙂

  57. Char Avatar
    Char

    it sounds so easy but I know I would make a mess – beautiful recipe and photography

  58. MyKitchenInHalfCups Avatar
    MyKitchenInHalfCups

    Gadfry, It is always safe to say Helen will knock it out of the ball park! Everyone of those is glorious.
    Note to self: ice cream molds !
    Love ice cream sandwiches!!

  59. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Those are all gorgeous! I especially like the square ones – like you, I took advantage of the sunken tops and used them like little bowls.

  60. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Helen,

    Beautiful job as always. I love the little square ones with a nest for the berries…. very sweet!

    I loved this recipe as well and thought of many possibilities – a great basic to have on hand!

  61. pastry studio Avatar
    pastry studio

    Oh my, perfection on every plate. Each one looks luscious and entrancing. What a tour de force!

  62. Kitchen M Avatar
    Kitchen M

    Wow… they are so beautiful!!
    I really like how you added berries in this recipe!

    What chocolate did you use?

  63. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Gorgeous as always, Helen! I particularly like the little square cakes. One day I’ll treat myself to some cute little moulds!

  64. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Quelles merveilles ! I definitely want to taste the sandwiches !

  65. Pattern Patisserie Avatar
    Pattern Patisserie

    What a beautiful post, thanks so much for the visual delights!…Patricia

  66. Lesley Avatar
    Lesley

    Oh geez, I’m not worthy, again!

  67. Susan @ SGCC Avatar
    Susan @ SGCC

    Wow! Each photo is more stunning than the last! I love all of your different tweaks on this recipe. I barely had time to make just one! Beautiful job!

  68. Fahrenheit 350° Avatar
    Fahrenheit 350°

    I’m excited to have chose to make an ice cream cake too! Twiners!

  69. Namratha Avatar
    Namratha

    Wow, wow, wow! These look out of this world, very well done!

  70. Culinary Wannabe Avatar
    Culinary Wannabe

    Those are the best looking ice cream sandwiches I’ve ever seen!

  71. Sarah Avatar
    Sarah

    I just found your blog and it is beautiful! I’m in my last semester of culinary school and am going on to get a degree in photography. Love your styling and of course beautiful food! Funny thing is I’m having a group of photographers come to do a shoot at my home tonight, dessert is molten chocolate cake.

  72. Engineer Baker Avatar
    Engineer Baker

    I want it. All of it. I love coffee ice cream with almonds, and cinnamon must have been wonderful with this cake. And I’m definitely kicking myself for not making ice cream sandwiches out of this – they look fabulous!

  73. Ash Avatar
    Ash

    I love them all!!! Especially the ice cream sandwiches!

  74. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    OMG! This is heaven, right! Please tell me it is! You are one talented baker and amaxing photographer, each one is different from the next and from others on your blog. Now, that is talent!!

    Jolene

  75. Elyse Avatar
    Elyse

    I love your “two for the price of one” approach! The cakes with the vanilla cinnamon and the cake sandwiches with the coffee brittle ice cream both look fabulous! Could I have one of each??

  76. cindy* Avatar
    cindy*

    beautiful helen! and so ambitious as always.

  77. Lisa is Bossy Avatar
    Lisa is Bossy

    Had to chuckle at the fact that I looked at Aran’s blog first last night and then yours next… and thought perhaps I missed a memo about the challenge being “do anything but just plain cake and ice cream”. 🙂 Gorgeous Helen!!

  78. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Just beautiful. Your presentations are always lovely!

  79. Clumbsy Cookie Avatar
    Clumbsy Cookie

    You can never do only one thing, can you? LOl! Love all, but my favourite is the one wrapped in chocolate. So elegant Helen!

  80. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    You are amazing. This looks so good and you take so many steps to make it look and taste (I am sure) perfect. Love it. Hey what is up with all these comments???? You are one popular girl….I still like you! =]

  81. Kristen Avatar
    Kristen

    I love how you can never just make one variation of the recipe. You always tempt us will several different spins on the given recipe. Amazing as always!

  82. steph- whisk/spoon Avatar
    steph- whisk/spoon

    i love the way you played around with this one…and i’ll take an ice cream sandwich, too, please!

  83. The Italian Dish Avatar
    The Italian Dish

    Blows me away … as usual!

  84. Lucy Avatar
    Lucy

    All of your variations look gorgeous as usual! I think the one wrapped in chocolate with berries looks amazing !

  85. Sara Avatar
    Sara

    Yum, I love all of your variations…so pretty! The berry-topped cakes are particularly beautiful, and I love the idea of turning this cake into ice cream sandwiches!. 🙂

  86. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Brilliant! I love that we tried and tried for years to have you make ice cream sammies for us FOTH people and you would never do it…. 🙂

  87. Jenny Avatar
    Jenny

    It is actually a good thing I don’t live anywhere near you cause I would need to be carried around by a litter of beefy boys, having had so much tasty goodness from your kitchen.

    Oh wait, now that doesn’t actually sound like such a bad thing….

  88. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Just so gorgeous. I licked the screen.

  89. Jen Avatar
    Jen

    If I had only half the baking forms you do… great job on this month’s challenge. Your cakes look delicious.

  90. Jen Avatar
    Jen

    If I had only half the baking forms you do… great job on this month’s challenge. Your cakes look delicious.

  91. Hayley Avatar
    Hayley

    You always take Daring Bakers to the next level. I’m always waiting for the end of the month to visit your blog and see what you’ve done. And once again, it’s fabulous!

  92. Arlette Avatar
    Arlette

    An excellent job as usuall

  93. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Love all the variations. So Gorgeous!

  94. Helene Avatar
    Helene

    Thank you everyone!

    My apologies if it takes me some tie to visit your blogs and challenges. We have a friend in town and my parents coming in town. I’ll do my best over the next few days.

  95. Amy Avatar
    Amy

    Helen – enjoy your visit with your friend and your parents. What a treat! Love the pans you used, they are perfect. And the sheets of dark chocolate. And… well I guess I just love it all. Like usual!

  96. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Sigh!! You are undoubtedly the most elegant food blogger in the universe! Those look gorgeous.

  97. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    I’m drooling over your ice cream sandwiches! Can you please share the recipe for the cookie part of the ice cream sandwich?

  98. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    ooooh I just love the sandwiches :)!!! greetings from seoul :)!! XOXO

  99. chef_d Avatar
    chef_d

    You never fail to amaze me with your creativity and exquisite creations 🙂

  100. Helene Avatar
    Helene

    Em: I used a mix of Callebaut and Baker’s semisweet.

    Thank you guys!

  101. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Positively beautiful as always! Well done! 🙂

  102. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    gorgeous like always!! every shot is so beautiful. love the ones with the cream in the middle. 🙂 x

  103. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Delightful delectable, wonderful!
    The cakes look amazing and the flavors sound delicious!
    Well done!

  104. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Mmmmmmm…

    –Marc

  105. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    I had no idea there was a gadget just for making ice cream sandwiches!! Great job as always, and I will definitely be trying your coffee-almond ice cream recipe.

  106. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    True bliss! All of your creations are so lovely. I am adoring those ice cream sandwiches. I see a coffee-almond ice cream sandwich in my future. Beautiful as always!

  107. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    I love all of them and your photos… are just brilliant (as always) The first creation is my favorite, but I honestly love all of them!

  108. Helene Avatar
    Helene

    Pansy: the ice cream sandwiches are made with the flourless cake recipe. I just baked half the batter in a half sheet pan and used that.

    Thank you everyone!

  109. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Not enough time to play? So many choices… Thank B. from me for the ice cream sandwiches! I love their presentation (lately I am on a “homey” trip for whatever reason).

  110. pixie Avatar
    pixie

    Wonderful! As always, a visual feast! With every picture I imagine the subtle differences in texture and flavor!

  111. pixie Avatar
    pixie

    Wonderful! As always, a visual feast! With every picture I imagine the subtle differences in texture and flavor!

  112. alana Avatar
    alana

    Awe Inspiring! Once again, I bow down to the queen!

  113. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Looks gorgeous! I invite you to look at Our #1 Favorite Chocolate Cake (flourless, too) on my site. It’s not as beautiful as yours, but I promise it’s delicious!

  114. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Love the ice cream sandwiches!

  115. Olga Avatar
    Olga

    Your presentation is amazing!!! I really like the idea of ice cream sandwiches.

  116. Cookie baker Lynn Avatar
    Cookie baker Lynn

    So beautiful. I love the presentation of the square cakes. What an artist you are! And I am jealous that B got those ice cream sandwiches.

  117. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Leave it to you to add class and elegance to such a simple dessert. Bravo!

  118. My Sweet & Saucy Avatar
    My Sweet & Saucy

    What lovely desserts you dreamed up!

  119. ice tea: sugar high Avatar
    ice tea: sugar high

    Your creation never seize to amaze me. Gorgeous as always Helen. I was running late this month, and it’s only been my second challenge =(. Better late than never.

    How’s your book coming along? Can’t wait to see your wonderful creations get the credential and exposure they deserves.

  120. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    wow!!! Amazing photos, as always. I love your valentino “sandwhiches” 😉

  121. Deeba PAB Avatar
    Deeba PAB

    I'm sorry I'm late. My heart was palpitating like I was missing something…& sure I was Helen. Screaming stunning!!

  122. Diane Avatar
    Diane

    What a lovely post 🙂

  123. My comfort food network Avatar
    My comfort food network

    As usual your post is fabulous, so are the recipes, the pictures and everything in it. Your pictures and recipes always reminds me of the delicious desserts that you get in Europe. Everything is petite – the right amount. Fabulous once again.

  124. oonsky Avatar
    oonsky

    gosh. I’m speechless.

  125. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Gorgeous!
    Everything looks great

  126. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Hilarious that you and Aran were on similar brainwaves! Looks great!

    Maybe someday my skills will be up to par to participate in Daring Bakers. Someday!

  127. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    the sandwiches are so perfect!
    excellent work.

  128. Jennifer Avatar
    Jennifer

    Stunning!! Each and every one is a perfect delicious art!!

  129. jenniferhoiyin Avatar
    jenniferhoiyin

    amazing!

  130. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    stunning. as always.
    you’ve outdone yourself!

  131. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Of course this looks amazing as usual!

  132. breadchick Avatar
    breadchick

    I don’t even know what to say… Your treats just always blow me away.

  133. Rachel Avatar
    Rachel

    Everything looks lovely and delicious (as always!) but that ice cream sandwich is blowing my mind. I want one!

  134. Half Baked Avatar
    Half Baked

    Breathtaking! The little ice cream sandwiches are adorable!

  135. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Simply stunning.

  136. Talita Avatar
    Talita

    I’ve never seen before pics looking so great as yours! Gorgeous!

  137. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    I’m impressed! It looks delicious.

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    Anonymous

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  139. Tammy Avatar
    Tammy

    all i can do is look in absolute awe at your cakes – you are incredible!

  140. Tammy Avatar
    Tammy

    all i can do is look in absolute awe at your cakes – you are incredible!

  141. Jo Avatar
    Jo

    Stunning as usual and absolutely gorgeous. Words simply cannot be expressed.

  142. Jan Avatar
    Jan

    beautiful! please… please… please show us how to make those amazing chocolate wraps…. YUM! 🙂

  143. anadelicias Avatar
    anadelicias

    So beautiful cakes, Helen!!! The ice cream sandwiches too…

    Ana

  144. Beth Avatar
    Beth

    You are so inspired, and in turn, so inspiring. Every time I vist your blog, I am impressed with your technique, styling, and flavors. Thanks!

  145. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Brilliant!
    I love the presentation – it’s so inspiring!
    Beautiful work!

  146. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    These are stunning and look so tasty! very inspiring food and photography

  147. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    I LOVE ice cream sandwiches, particularly when made with love
    and quality ingredients! Thanks for a beautiful blog- makes me want to bake everything! ps- I wrote to the
    woman in Bretagne who asked about
    what a Meyer lemon was- in French!

  148. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Everything in this post looks gorgeous, Helen! The photography is stunning as always; I love the last composite! – Karen

  149. Hilary Avatar
    Hilary

    Oh please please will you share the recipe of how to make that sheet of tempered chocolate? I've been looking for a recipe for such a long time, for my boyfriend's birthday cake, but can't find anything anywhere!

    You are so fantastically creative 🙂

  150. Blomma (prononcer Blouma)  Avatar
    Blomma (prononcer Blouma)

    Amazing, you are so creative! Bravo X 1000!

  151. Liz C Avatar
    Liz C

    I made this cake for my plated dessert final in culinary school and it turned out perfect!

    It's easy to make and tastes amazing.

    Thanks for the awesome recipe.

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