Daring Bakers : Swiss Swirl Plum Ice Cream Cake

The July 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Sunita of Sunita’s world – life and food. Sunita challenged everyone to make an ice-cream filled Swiss roll that’s then used to make a bombe with hot fudge. Her recipe is based on an ice cream cake recipe from Taste of Home.

I wasn't expecting to complete this month's magnificent challenge, with all the summers busy schedules and the prep for vacation.As matter of fact I could not entirely finish the challenge,I started putting together the daring bake at the nth hour.This was a do or die ,any mistakes ,I had absolutely no time to redo the challenge.Everything went well as one see the pretty result,but due to lack of time I could not put together the second batch of ice cream to make the layers of different flavors(i.e the bombe effect),the only ice cream filling was the home made vegan plum ice cream.Nonetheless the ice cream was still every bit delicious,with the spongy chocolate Swiss rolls and fruity ice cream

Thanks to Sunita's extensive pictorial recipe , the challenge was clearly understood.The neatly wrapped Swiss rolls are a really beauty,to get the spongy texture you have beat the eggs to the right consistency of airiness.You can play around with the flavors of the rolls , plain vanilla , chocolate,dried ground berries or matcha.

This has to be the summer I indulged in most home made ice creams.The vegan plum ice cream might just be the last of the season,the fresh plums not just impart prettiest pink color but also a nice sweet tart flavor to the ice cream.If you are watching for those fat calories use different layers of fruit sorbet instead and replace the cream filling in the rolls with fruit preserves.

Recipe :Chocolate Swiss rolls with fresh Plum Cream filling
3 large Organic eggs
1/2 cup white sugar + 1 teaspoon for rolling
3 tablespoon all purpose flour,sifted
3 tablespoon natural unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 tablespoon boiling water
a little oil for brushing the pans

For the filling
3/4 cup low fat whipping cream
3/4 cup fresh red plums,chopped

Bake the cake
1. Pre heat the oven at 200 deg C /400 deg F approximately. Brush the baking pans ( 11 inches by 9 inches ) with a little oil and line with parchment paper. If you have just one pan, bake one cake and then let the pan cool completely before using it for the next cake.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and sugar and beat till very thick; when the beaters are lifted, it should leave a trail on the surface for at least 10 seconds.
3.Add the flour mixture, in three batches and fold in gently with a spatula. Fold in the water.
4.Divide the mixture among the two baking pans and spread it out evenly, into the corners of the pans.
5. Place a pan in the center of the pre heated oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes or till the center is springy to the touch.
Roll ,unroll and roll the cake
6. Spread a kitchen towel on the counter and sprinkle a little caster sugar over it.
7. Turn the cake on to the towel and peel away the baking paper. Trim any crisp edges.Starting from one of the shorter sides, start to make a roll with the towel going inside. Cool the wrapped roll on a rack, seam side down.Repeat the same for the next cake as well.
Prepare the cream filling
8.In a large bowl, add the cream beat till very thick,mix in the plums.
9. Divide the cream mixture between the completely cooled cakes.Open the rolls and spread the cream mixture, making sure it does not go right to the edges (a border of ½ an inch should be fine).
10.Roll the cakes up again, this time without the towel. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge till needed, seam side down.

Recipe :Vegan Plum ice cream
The ice cream is made without an ice cream maker.

3 ripe red plums,seeded and diced
2 and 1/2 cup Thick Coconut milk
1 tablespoon virgin pressed coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon powdered agar-agar or gelatin

Dissolve the agar-agar or gelatin in 2 tablespoon of hot water.
In a small sauce pan,add the oil, plums and sugar and let cook until soft and bubbly about 10 minutes,add the dissolved agar-agar mixture 3-4 minutes before turning off the heat.Cool.
Transfer the plum mixture in a blender,add the coconut milk,agave nectar and blend until smooth.
Pour into a freezer friendly container and freeze till firm around the edges. Remove from the freezer, beat till smooth and return to the freezer. Do this 3-4 times and then set completely.

Recipe : Hot Fudge Sauce
1/2 cup Agave nectar
3 tablespoon natural unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 and 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon organic butter or virgin pressed coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornflour and water.
2. Place the pan over heat, and stir constantly, till it begins to thicken and is smooth (for about 2 minutes).
3. Remove from heat and mix in the butter and vanilla. Keep aside to cool

1. Cut the Swiss rolls into 20 equal slices ( approximately 2 cms each ).
2. Cover the bottom and sides of the bowl in which you are going to set the dessert with cling film/plastic wrap.
3. Arrange two slices at the bottom of the pan, with their seam sides facing each other. Arrange the Swiss roll slices up the bowl, with the seam sides facing away from the bottom, to cover the sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and freeze till the slices are firm (at least 30 minutes).
4. Soften the Plum ice cream. Take the bowl out of the freezer, remove the cling film cover and add the ice cream on top of the cake slices. Spread it out to cover till the half of the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and freeze till firm ,3-4 hours.Add the fudge sauce over the ice cream, cover and freeze till frozen 6-8 hours.
Keep the cake out of the freezer for at least 10 minutes before slicing, depending on how hot your region is. Slice with a sharp knife, dipped in hot water.Serve with some fresh plum slices on side.

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Ruth H. said…
Beautiful! I love that you made the vrgan ice cream! I tried, but my results weren't as creamy as I would have liked... Something to work on, I guess...!
I love your use of fresh ingredients. Very inspirational!!
fuat gencal said…
Muhteşem bir görüntü, ellerinize sağlık. Çok leziz ve iştah açıcı

Nithu Bala said…
Wow! beautiful and yummy..
Hari Chandana P said…
No words to express.. simply awesome !!
I love the flavor you chose and that plum decoration! Very well done!


Joanne said…
This is one seriously ornate ice cream cake! I love the homemade plum vegan ice cream...amazing.
Satya said…
swiss swirl plum ice cream cake looks so gorgeous ....very tempting click n beautiful presentation ....u rock

Asha @ FSK said…
Oh! I love your ice cream! I am curious how the flavor of coconut milk expresses in the ice cream. Does it leave a distinct coconut flavor?
Yasmeen said…
Thanks you everyone.
Asha,I thought the same when I made my first vegan ice cream.But trust me it tastes almost as good as the real dairy cream ice cream.
Jeanne said…
Your cake looks wonderful! I love the color of the plums, and I'm sure that the vegan plum ice cream tastes heavenly!
Unknown said…
The plums look fabulous! Great job!
Renata said…
I must try the plum ice cream! I'm not sure I can get such nice ones here in Brazil, though. Love your decoration! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
looks like a tedious but as usual u seem 2 have done a great job
RV said…
It doesn't look like you whipped up a delicious ice cream cake in the last minute. It has come out really well Yasmeen. Kudos!!!
Cool Lassi(e) said…
The cake looks gorgeous. I dunno if I have that much patience to do this ice-cream. I would love to it have it if someone else made it. :)
shelley c. said…
Wow - I bet you could totally fool some non-vegans with that dessert and let them see how amazing vegan choices can be. Truly impressive results, and the presentation is fantastic, too.
Unknown said…
Great job, gorgeous. This months daring bakers was just too much for me!
Nitha said…
Wow.. delicious cake.. Love the fresh plum cream..
Swathi said…

Swiss swirl plum ice cream cake looks delicious and beautiful.
Deeba PAB said…
Gorgeous... love the pairing and how well it turned out! WOW!!
Umm Mymoonah said…
looks very good with the plums arranged on top:-)
GourmAndrea said…
I love your photography. I love the idea of plum in desserts.
No words..Its so good..Great Job Yasmeen !!!
that was a real challenge and you did a superb job!and look at the end result. it was satisfying and evilishly delicious. wish I could have grabbed a piece too.
Unknown said…
how beautiful !!! The presentation is simply lovely !!!
The Betz Family said…
That looks beautiful! I love the contrasting plum with the dark chocolate color. The flavors sound amazing. Nice job on the challenge!
anudivya said…
This is the most beautiful I have seen so far! You have TONS of patience and creativity... even that plum slices arranged on top of the cake looks divine!
It looks amazing. Well done. And a healthy version no less. Atta girl!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
Rahin said…
Yasmeen thts wht we call job well done , looks perfect n delicious
"Guppy" Honaker said…
Yasmeen - you have the BEST recipes on this blog! Now, the Swiss Swirl Plum Ice Cream Cake looks like a lot of effort. But I think the end result will be yummy!

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Anonymous said…
Yum, love the idea of combining plum and chocolate! Great job on the challenge!
Priya Suresh said…
Such a fantastic, gorgeous and truly tempting icecream cake...yumm!!
Holy cow, I can't believe how awesome this looks! I am so on my way over, I want a bite! Or two! Great pictures!
Reshmi Ahmed said…
thats a lovely ice cream with beautiful toppings ! would have definitely tasted gorgeous :)
Recipeswap said…
wow I cant believe a cake can look so beautiful....
Cakelaw said…
Your cake is beautiful! The plum flower on top is a work of art - too good to eat!
OMG....those plums are beautiful..that rich colour is calling out to me.....and that ice cream cake, with plum ice cream...wow..your killing me.....I would love some of that right now!!
Rachel said…
I like what made the delicious icecream. Coconut oil and mil.. now that is so novel..
Hamaree Rasoi said…
Your cake looks fabulous and wonderful presentation
Hamaree Rasoi
Unknown said…
Beautiful presentation, Yasmeen..Lovely cake n fabulous pictures..
Unknown said…
looks s o gorgeous and so delicious..
sadaf said…
well done yasmeen. plum cream filling is mouth watering :) bomb looks delicious.
Lisa said…
Your bombe is gorgeous and the plum decor on top is just stunning. Love love love the whole plum motif..especially that filling! Beautifully done!
lisa is cooking said…
This is such a grand dessert. The plum ice cream sounds delicious!
s said…
nice and yummy!
PLum cream sounds perfect. I really like how you always manage to use seasonal fruit in your desserts and keep them healthy too.
Yasmeen...how creatively pretty this challenge turned out in your very talented hands. Brava!!!

Have a great weekend and flavourful wishes,
I simply love the way the the plum slices are draped over this magnificent cake. It looks like red velvet!
Mimi said…
Beautiful. Love the plum ice cream.
Spice said…
BEautiful ice cream cake, still have to try plum ice cream......
SS blogs here said…
Hey Yasmeen.. looks like I have missed quite a few posts past few days.. This cake is just fabulous! Best wishes!
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