Saturday, 23 March 2013

blueberry strawberry banana ice cream cake


All I've eaten today is blended frozen fruit which ends up being like ice cream, or this recipe. I love my life. This cake is one delicious demon. It is creamy, sweet, fresh, tart and colourful all at once. Actually that has nothing to do with demons so never mind that. Plus it is super easy to make (surprise, surprise) and can be eaten the same day you make it. I'm probably going to eat 3/4 for my dinner tonight.

Cannot. Resist. Fruit. 


I ran out of bananas (it felt the freaking raw vegan apocalypse over here) so I used walnuts in the berry layer for creaminess. If you don't want to use that many nuts, because there's also cashews in the vanilla ice cream cake layer, then use another banana or one cup of dates. And another option is to decorate the finished cake with chocolate drizzle. You know my stance on chocolate - you can't go wrong with it. 


Random note: I AM SO EXCITED, and not just because of this cake. Because then it wouldn't be random, now would it? I have found an internet location which will provide me with the best songs ever, for free, whenever I want them. I'm set for at least a year. It's Annie Mac's Soundcloud, where she gives you awesome free songs each week. Holy crap I just downloaded like a billion tracks and love every single one. You should do the same, and hopefully react the same. Let me know. 


Anyways - back to ice cream cake. I am seriously getting stoked about the increasing amount of sunshine here. The birds are chirping, the grass is growing, I feel the green slowly coming back and I want to run outside and plant seeds everywhere. The sunshine makes me think of growing my strawberries, which makes me want to eat strawberries...

So, here. Strawberries. 


blueberry strawberry banana ice cream cake: 

10 strawberries for outside, cut in half

Vanilla ice cream cake layer
2 cups cashews
2 bananas
1 cup dates
1/4 cup melted coconut oil 
Seeds from 1/2 vanilla pod (or 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
Vegan milk or coconut water, as needed 

Berry layer
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup fave vegan milk or coconut water, use as needed
1 cup dates, walnuts or another banana 

To make the first layer: place the halved strawberries around the edge of a spring form pan. Set aside. Now blend all the vanilla ice cream cake ingredients together until smooth, adding as little vegan milk or coconut water as possible (I used about 1/4 cup?). Spread into the bottom of the pan, this should press the berries to the inner edge. Put in the freezer.

To make the berry layer: blend it all up until smooth. Carefully spread over top of the vanilla ice cream cake layer and put in the freezer for about 2 or 3 hours, until it's set. Then cut and serve with other berries! Let it soften a little before eating, because it makes it creamier.

86 comments:

  1. wowww this couldn't be anymore beautiful! nature is a stunner and you're recipies showcase that perfectly. can't wait to make this on a sunny day :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you appreciate that because that is what I try to do - let the plants shine on their own =)

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  2. This looks so delicious!!!! Wow! I love your photos! I'm really curious, how do you assemble your pictures? Do you have a table just for your desserts? I've been wondering & I just love your photography skills girl!;) if you could please tell me, I would appreciate it. Thanks :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I almost always use a small kitchen table that has a large window to the right of it. In the morning or afternoon the lighting is usually great and that's when I photograph. I use a table cloth and drape it over a piece of cardboard I put behind the food. I like to set up the recipe with the ingredients around it, and plates, etc. =)

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  3. this looks gorgeous!! could u please recommend me a substitute for banana in this cuz i am not at all a fan of banana.

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    1. Haha oh no! Um.. you could use a mix of avcado, dates and coconut oil - it won't turn out the same colour but I think as long as you sweeten it up enough to balance the avocado, it'll still taste great. =)

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  4. What vandal says. Totally.

    :)

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  5. Lovely recipe and gorgeous happy vibe...Thankyou xxx

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  6. Oh my gosh, you are so cute! Hahaha I love your enthusiasm for good health and good eating - keep up the good work! You're inspiring so many people out there (including myself).

    ~ Natalyn :)

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  7. wow, that looks so yummi! thank you for the recipe.

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  8. Goodness, woman, how many cakes do you make in a week???

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  9. You never stop!!! :D Amazing, this looks soooo good. Thanks once again for sharing! Looks so mouthwatering. Nomnomnom!!!!

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  10. Can't wait to try this!! Just delicious <3

    http://sydneycorporate.blogspot.com.au/

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  11. Emily, I have loved every "cake" of yours I've ever made, and am so excited to try this one. I also love your photographs-you are a very talented food photographer! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes and keep up the excellent work! :)

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  12. OMG! I am getting a pie form thinggy just for this recipe, Im sure I will use it for more of your pies. Thank for being fab <3

    eatlovelivelove.blogspot.com

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  13. Haha, my 3 year old son helped me make this cake 15 mins ago and he's still licking the bowl after the berry-layer! "It's like ice cream soup!" Looking forward to trying the cake out tomorrow! :)

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    1. hehe that's cute! Was it easy to make?

      I need to go buy the ingredients! :)
      -Grace :)

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  14. Oh my gosh! This looks delicious! Thanks for the amazing recipe! I recently discovered your blog and I think I'm in love. And seriously, I'm dying over here. Like my foodie mind has collapsed... It needs a cake to reawaken!!! :O hehe :P

    Also, how exactly do you download the music from that link? Thanks for the link btw! Awesome link!!!! :) And will it go straight to your iTunes on your computer after?

    Thanks!!!
    -Grace :)

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    1. Thank YOU! Well for the BBC soundcloud, just click "download" on the songs that you want. And for the reggae: there's a "download playlist" button near the top of the page. =)

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    2. Awesome, thanks! :)

      How do you find time to make so many desserts like every single day? Because you're in college too right?

      I'm a competitive athlete, and I have school and piano and such and I barely have that much time to make these awesome desserts filled with yumminess... :( How do you do it? Wanna ship me some? heheh jkjk ;)

      Anyways, thanks a bunch!!

      -Grace :)

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  15. I could not believe how delicious this was when i made it last night!! Especially the base layer omg... I told my colleague i was making a raw vegan cake and she looked at me like I was from a different planet, but when I brought some into work to try she asked for the recipe haha! :) can't wait to try all your other recipes!
    Ernie

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    1. Awesome! I understand the experience ;)

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  16. I made this for desert today, and didn't tell anyone anything until it was gone and they were asking for more! Super fabulous

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  17. hey emily! this looks absolutely amazing! could i use normal un frozen berries for the berry layer?

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    1. Aw thank you! Yes you can, but then make sure to let it thaw before you eat it, because it won't be as creamy right away. =)

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  18. Is there a sub for cashews??

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    1. Yes! Try using more dates, and fresh young coconut meat. If coconut meat isn't available, just add another banana and more dates. Oh, and maybe an avocado...

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  19. are the cashews soaked here or not? it looks amazing btw!

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    1. They were not, mostly because I'm lazy - I suggest using soaked ones if you have them =)

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    2. How long do you soak the cashews? And in how much water? I'm new to all this :) It looks and sounds delicious!!!
      vicki

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  20. is this real life? it looks so amazing. I need a form spring pan. u really are rawsome :)

    eatlovelivelove.blogspot.com

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  21. what size pan did you use? can't wait to try it!!

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    1. I have an adjustable one so it was probably 8-9 inches. =)

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  22. I am making this today! I even went this morning to get a spring form pan (didn't know what that was). It looks so yummy. Can't wait to surprise my husband when he gets home from work!

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    1. Oh boy he is a lucky man ;) Cheers!

      Em

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  23. Im not vegan EMily, but your recipes I have to try. They look fantastic !! Yummo... what does a spring form pan look like?

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    1. Thanks =) Here's some info about them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springform_pan

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  24. What is an alternative for coconut oil?

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    1. Cause I was hoping to make this for my birthday and that is the only ingredient I cannot obtain... :( I would hope I could still make it! I am doing a combination of blueberry strawberry banana ice cream cake and banana chocolate caramel ice cream cake. I am just going to replace the caramel with strawberry ice cream!! I really really hope it works? Oh and do I use frozen bananas for this recipe? Tank you for all your help and inspiration :D

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    2. That sounds delish! you can use more nuts, an avocado, or dates to replace the coconut oil. Or you could use cocoa butter. Frozen bananas are best,

      Cheers!

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  25. I can I use fresh produce, I don't have frozen blueberries and was curious cause its going in the freezer anyway

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  26. What could you use in place of cashews if there is a nut allergy?

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    1. Allergic to all nuts? Bummer! :( You can use fresh young coconut meat instead. You can find young coconuts at your asian food store, most likely.

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  27. Could I use something in place of the banana? I like bananas just not banana flavored stuff.......I know. ..... weird

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    1. Haha thats a little weird >< you can use more dates, nuts or an avocado.

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  28. Do all coconut oils taste the same? This recipe wasn't a hit with my family :( I loved it but everyone said the 'vanilla' layer tasted odd.

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    1. Oh... hm. That is weird. Why didn't they like it? Unrefined coconut oil has more coconut flavour and tastes less processed, but when it's in something I don't think you can really taste in difference.

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  29. My creamy layer turned out brown, and I left it in the freezer for too long, so the berry layer got all icey. Still, it was so redonkulously delishious I ate the whole thing... for brakfast.

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  30. This looks amazing! What was the size of the springform pan that you used??

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    1. Oh about 8 inches? A 9 inch pan would be fine though. :)

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  31. I hope you don't mind but I translated this recipe to Portuguese so I can post in my blog and help others to be healthy and eat raw! I gave you full credit!

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    1. As long as you link it back here and give me credit - I am happy you shared it :D

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  32. Hey, vanilla icecream? i cant have dates.. or walnuts... so you can use banana, almond milk, and coconut oil?????? i wanted to try it.. but i wanted to make sure.. if that works. thanks.. or other way around.. buy organic homemade vanilla icecream? lol

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    1. Yeah that could work. Can you have any other nuts? They would be best for replacing the walnuts. You could use raisins instead of dates.. :)

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  33. My life won't be complete until I try this! You are AMAZING!

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  34. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! quick question, i only have a family of two so unfortunately this cake wouldn't be demolished in one sitting. is there anyway to store it? and how long would it last stored? thankyou!

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    1. Yeah - keep it in the freezer, sliced and in glass or tupperware. It will keep for a week or so. :)

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  35. I only have fresh strawberries and blueberries. Can I use these instead and the freeze or will this be weird?

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  36. Marrissa GarzaJune 12, 2013 3:14 pm

    I made this today and it was sooo yummy! recently trying to go raw. This is such a great dessert! Im in love! thanks for all the great recipes! (:

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  37. Looks so yummy. I am making it now. Cannot wait.
    I must say the ice cream layer ( first layer is very brown though. Yours is beautifully white. Did I do something wrong or did you not use the dates?

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  38. My mouth is wet, this looks so delicious.

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  39. Hello Emily! thanks so much for sharing this great cake, I just made it now I am waiting for in on the freezer! regards :)

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  40. Hi, How long should I put the first layer in the freezer? Thanks.

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    1. until it's solid. a few hours probably :)

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  41. I made this cake, it turned out yummy! thanks for sharing, so happy I found your site :)

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  42. I CANNOT wait to make this!!!!

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  43. It's a beautiful cake, and it looks really heavenly!!

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  44. Made this for my daughter's birthday. Thank you so much! It was fun to make and a our whole family loved the ice cream cake! I think I will try your lemon bars next!

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  45. i absolutely LOVE this dessert. cannot wait for morning so i can eat some more :D

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  46. I tried this recipe the other night and loved it but the only problem I had was that the banana mix turned dark brown pretty quick. Do you have any suggestions as to why that may have occurred? My family isn't a fan of dates so I eliminated that from the recipe but everything else was used.

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    1. Um no... that's weird! I guess it was the dates? Although I don't know why that would have had that effect. Did you leave it out in the open for a long time?

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  47. Looks amazing, sharing on Boschendal's FB page, thank you ;-)))
    https://www.facebook.com/Boschendalcuisine

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  48. Looks amazing, sharing on Boschendal's FB page, thank you ;-)))
    https://www.facebook.com/Boschendalcuisine

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  49. Hi! Super cake :) I am thinking ab out making this for my boyfriend's birthday and I was wanting to add a raw pie crust under the ice cream cake. Do you think that would that work?

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