10 Dec 2012

layered ice cream cake with chocolate, vanilla & peppermint

First of all - please listen to this exquisite album by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, it's incredibly beautiful and makes me cry.

Secondly - this turned out fabulously, if I do say so myself (and I just did - so there.) I had a dream about this cake a few days ago and have been itching to make it ever since. When it comes down to it - this ice cream cake is mostly bananas. The pink layer comes from beet juice, and the green comes from avocado and peppermint leaves. I recommend using your Vitamix for this (can be bought on amazon or ebay) to make the layers as creamy as possible. 

I must admit - the avocado layer tasted sort of funky on it's own and I was thinking "Hmm... maybe my subconscious failed to consider the weird combination of avocado and mint in an ice cream cake." But it ended up tasting great with all the other delicious flavour pairings. The beet layer is unusually enjoyable. you might be thinking beets are a strange thing to make into ice cream, but the earthy tones of beets along with the sweetness of bananas is outta this world! Letting each thin layer freeze is a tad time-consuming, but it's worth it. 

I love when my dreams come true.

spiced chocolate, cashew vanilla, peppermint-avocado & banana-beet layered ice cream cake

1 cup raw flour (I used buckwheat)
1 cup dates or prunes

Chocolate layer:
3 ripe bananas
1/3 cup cacao
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne, to taste
2 tablespoon agave/maple syrup
water, if too thick

Vanilla layer:
1 1/2 cups cashews
3 tablespoons agave/maple syrup
seeds from one vanilla bean
1/3 cup water
juice of one lemon 

Beet layer:
1/2 cup fresh beet juice
2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup pine nuts
1-2 tablespoons agave/maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Mint layer:
2 cup fresh mint leaves
1 avocado
1/4 cup agave/maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
juice of one lemon
1/4 cup nut milk
2 ripe bananas

Coconut Maple Drizzle:
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup

To make the crust: process the dates or prunes and flour until it all sticks together somewhat. Press into the bottom of a lined spring form pan and set aside. 

To make each layer: blend the ingredients (in each list) until smooth, then pour each one in a separate bowl. Pour on part of the chocolate mixture quite thin, then let it harden in the freezer. Next, pour on a thin layer of beet mixture, let it freeze. You get the idea. Pour, freeze, pour, freeze. Put them in whatever order you want until you use all the mixtures up! 

To make to drizzle, stir ingredients together until combined then decorate, I also added some lemon zest - why not. Enjoy!