Tuesday, August 26, 2008

TWD: Chocolate Banded Ice Cream Torte


Dear sweet mother of excess. Dear, dear sweet excess. Seriously, this was one recipe I looked at and thought to myself - "And Dorie remains thin how?" Ice cream, chocolate, butter, and 8 eggs!!! Needless to say, this was a dessert destined either for work, miniaturization, or the boyfriend. Since frozen does not work for work and the boyfriend love love loves ice cream, you have to guess which way I went.


Originally, I thought that I could combine the mini-me'ing and the gifting of it to the boyfriend, but alas he wanted the whole thing. The whole thing. Be still my arteries. However, there needed to be some changes to make it more palatable to him. Namely, the subbing of mint and chocolate for raspberries.


So that's what came to be - my singlehanded attempt to give the boyfriend an over-the-top, artery-clogging treat. Mint chocolate chip on the bottom, vanilla bean on the top, and loads of chocolate in the middle. Given my aversion to mint and chocolate together, I was able to restrain myself from trying this, but the boyfriend gave it two thumbs up. Actually, shockingly, the first words out of his mouth were that it was lighter than the chocolate malted layer cake that I made for his birthday, and therefore would be easier to eat. LIGHTER?!? My expression must have been priceless.


Other comments were mostly that the chocolate layer was basically like fudge - it melted very quickly though, so eat quickly! Assembling was a snap, but I did suggest to the other TWD'ers to definitely let it sit in the freezer for at least the 30 min called for in the recipe. I used cheapo ice cream, which made slicing it easier, but heating a knife under hot running water made slicing neat pieces much smoother. Also, my favorite part about making this? As I was taking pictures, I looked over at the torte and just saw these ice crystals forming - beautiful.


Thanks go to Amy of Food, Family and Fun for picking this excessive treat that I got to give the boyfriend - definitely a couple points for me in the relationship thang :)

Last Week: Granola Grabbers
Next Week: Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters

51 comments:

Jessie said...

I love that you used two different ice creams, great idea. It's a good thing you didn't try any, this torte is addictive.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i love mint and chocolate! i am shocked that he'd find this "light" too...definitely super-rich, so perhaps it's for the best that you didn't try!

Cristine said...

Great idea on using two flavors. I'll have to try that next time!

ostwestwind said...

Great idea to use different ice creams, that sounds divine!

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Rigby said...

I love the colors of the ice cream in your dessert! Glad that your boy friend enjoyed it so much :)

Natashya said...

Yay! Two different ice creams, I am definitely doing that next time.
If you made me this I would love you forever too.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous! Looks wonderful!

Tracey said...

Your torte looks wonderful! I love that you used mint chocolate chip ice cream...it's my favorite!

n.o.e said...

I did two different ice cream flavors also, but they ended up being the same color. I'm not big on mint and chocolate either, but I kept thinking this would be pretty with a pink peppermint layer and a green mint chocolate chip layer. Yours is beautiful.
Nancy

Amy said...

I love the multi colored torte. I had no idea someone would think this was light. It must be a guy thing. I'm glad your boyfriend enjoyed it!

Jules Someone said...

You are such a good girlfriend! He knows that, right? Nice looking torte.

Marthe said...

Your torte looks wonderful with the 3 different colours!!

Steph said...

Haha.. this was lighter than cake! That's exactly what my dad says when he eats ice cream. Apparently the melt in your mouth quality makes it less filling, as so he says...

Marie said...

It sounds fabulous!!! Great choice of flavours. That's what I like about Dorie's recipes. You can really play with them and make them your own!

Jess said...

I love the layers...why use one flavor when you can use two? I think my own husband is wondering if I'm trying to kill him off with my TWD baking, but he's enjoying it anyway...

Mary Ann said...

It looks lovely. All your layers are absolutely perfect. Glad your boyfriend thought it was "light". That is when I keep my mouth shut!

April said...

What a great idea to use different ice cream flavors! It looks so nice, what a lucky boyfriend!

Prudy said...

I love your opening line. Dear sweet mother of excess. Hilarious. Your torte however is no laughing matter. It is seriously gorgeous, woman.

Beryl said...

My husband made me make the whole thing too! But I'm not eating it...after today!

TeaLady said...

woo hoo, mint and chocolate. Fantastic. I love the two flavors of ice cream in the cake. Great Idea!

Alwayzbakin said...

Wow. I love the ways yours came out. You did a great job.

Di said...

Awesome job--the contrasting colors are great. The ice crystals are cool--mine just got frost on it.

MacDuff said...

So gorgeous! I love the idea of mint, although I can see why you'd avoid it. And kudos on getting the boo to eat it. Mine thinks I'm trying to kill him with calories.

kim said...

aha, using a flavor combo you don't like is actually a good idea to keep yourself away! (unfortunately i like most flavors! hehe) awesome job on the torte!

Cynikell said...

I also love the idea of two different ice creams.

Did anyone else have trouble finding a 1 quart container of ice cream? I ended up using two pints -- which would have made it really easy to use two different flavors.

Erin said...

What a beautiful torte! I love the two types of ice creams that you used.

Flourchild said...

I love the sugar crystals on top. Your torte looks scrumptious and I love the two layers of ice cream, great idea!

rainbowbrown said...

What? What did I just read? You didn't even try it? Oh come now. Go over to his house right now and at least give it a little bite, trust me I ate the whole thing and my heart is pumping just fine. It's all gone though isn't it? Ah... You missed out lady. Well, it looks great anyway. Your slice is amazingly clean. You did try it didn't you? You scoundrel.

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

This looks amazing. I love the pink and green layers. My man wanted the whole thing, too. They don't have metabolism; they have "mantabolism."

Cathy said...

Wow -- that this dessert can possibly be lighter than any other dessert known to mankind is remarkable! I love the ice crystals on your torte; ah, as magical as the first winter snowfall. I also love the two-tone look -- you've inspired me to try to do a red layer and a green layer around Christmas. Your torte looks wonderful!

Teanna said...

Come ON Caitlin! That is just perfection!Even the ice crystals went your way! NOT FAIR!

Maria said...

Love the two flavors! Your torte looks amazing!

bakingwiththeboys said...

Those flavor combinations sound great to me. Good that you found someone to eat this - frozen does not work for work!

chocolatechic said...

Sounds great to me.

I really wish that I had gone mini.

Next time I will use different flavors.

Tammie said...

Whoa, yours looks awesome! I love love love mint too. I'll have to try this!

Kayte said...

Oh, how pretty...I can so see this at Christmas time. Great photos...how did you get that one with the ice crystals so clear?

Very funny tonight as I was thinking...Okay, need to pop over to Caitlin's blog now and check out her torte and click, there was an email from you on mine at that same moment...great minds, right?

Good job this week...I am so stealing the two kinds for Christmas fare this year. Just try to stop me!
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Maya said...

mint AND chocolate - looks like you went all out!!

Karen said...

excess indeed. i ate a piece after dinner and then went for an hour walk to try to counteract. your torte looks amazing. i'm sure you gained tons of relationship thang points. :P

The Food Librarian said...

Looks great! I love those ice crystals. And you got some perfect cuts without the melt!

Bria said...

Two different ice creams is a good idea! I actually didn't find this rich either! My friends and bf said it was extremely rich though.

Mike Spoodles said...

I'm simultaneously bummed (for you) and happy (for the company) that I have a compatriot in the land of calorie-counting-crap. Your torte looks awesome, and I'm sorry you didn't get a taste. Sooooo good!

Jacque said...

Has your boyfriend had to loosen his belt this week? LOL. I agree, I took one look at the ingredients and said "oh, yea, definitely downsizing this baby".

Yours looks delish! I would have had a hard time resisting it with the mint layer.

Tammy said...

that looks so great! I was on holiday this week so couldnt join in, but i will have to try this!

Andrea said...

Wow, beautiful torte! I also love the different flavors of ice cream. That's great your boyfriend enjoyed it! I'm not a mint chocolate fan either, I would have much preferred your chocolated malted layer cake, who cares about 'lighter' when you could have a slice of that?!?

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your torte turned out perfect! It looks lovely! Mint ice cream is a great choice for this. I hope it was appreciated. ;)

Glass Slipper Cakery said...

Nicely done! Looks yummy!!

Carol Peterman said...

Clever to make the dessert with flavors you don't like. Unfortunately, I seem to like all things sweet so I am sunk either way. I just invited a bunch of people over on Saturday and fed them each a piece.

The DeL Sisters said...

Mint and chocolate are the best, well coffee might be better:) It looks good!

Heather B said...

I love mint and chocolate together. Pairing it with the vanilla bean sounds sooo delicious! Great job!

Jaime said...

i had to photograph quickly, too! i couldn't believe how fast it started melting...plus w/my mini's they melted even quicker.

actually, ice cream DOES work for work :) i made mini's so it would be easier for me to take to work and not have to slice. i simply wrapped them individually in saran wrap after they were frozen, then put them in an insulated bag with some cold ice packs and they were fine on the way to work! (my commute is only 15 minutes) i just popped them back into the freezer as soon as i got there and then we all enjoyed it over lunch :)

your slice of mint chocolate torte looks so delicious!

Pamela said...

You have a boyfriend with excellent taste! Mint chocolate chip is so yummy, and it looks fantastic in the torte! Nice shot with the ice crystals.