1 Feb 2013

banana chocolate caramel ice cream cake

I dreamt about making this cake so I figured I better do it in what we like to call "reality" as well. It consists of banana vanilla ice cream, date caramel and avocado chocolate pudding. I decorated it with bananas and a goji berry coulis, but that's optional. I just like adding other colours for contrast. The crust is also optional, it's there to add another texture.

I consider food a form of art. Not simply because of it's visual appearance, but more so because of what it symbolizes: a beautiful, symbiotic relationship between our bodies, our selves and what we are made of. What we choose to consume and put in our precious bodies is literally what we choose to become, physically speaking. I want to be creamy bananas, gooey dates and luxurious avocados. Not the greasy, fried dead body parts of my friends. No thanks - that's gross. 

The banana ice cream got a bit icy (Boo.) so let this cake thaw for about 20-30 minutes until it gets creamy again. It's gonna be hard not to eat half of every layer as you make them and put them in bowls. I know I did. Like, what the heck, Nature - why you gotta be so awesome all the time? You're making the rest of us look bad. All I can do is play with your perfect creations and pretend to take credit for "making" them. Shh...

banana chocolate caramel ice cream cake:

Crust (optional):
1 cup almonds
1 cup dates

1 cup dates
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon almond butter

Chocolate pudding:
1 avocado
1/4 cup cacao 
1 tablespoon nut milk
1/4 cup agave nectar (or 1/2 cup dates + 1/4 cup water)

Banana ice cream:
3 frozen bananas
seeds of one vanilla pod

Goji berry coulis (optional):
1/4 cup dried goji berries
3 tablespoons agave nectar
1/8 cup water

Make the crust: pulse the nuts in your food processor until they become crumbs, add the dates and process until combined and sticking together. Press into the bottom of a spring form pan and set aside.

Make the caramel: process the ingredients in your food processor until smooth, thick and creamy. Place in a bowl and set aside. Follow the same instructions for the chocolate pudding and goji berry coulis.

Make the ice cream: blend the bananas and vanilla in your high speed blender until thick, smooth, creamy and white. It may take a minute but then it changes into ice cream really fast, so pay attention.

Assemble the cake: spread the ice cream in the bottom of your spring form pan and then spread the caramel over that, mixing it into the ice cream a little with a spatula. Then carefully spread the chocolate pudding over this and put in the freezer overnight. When it's ready, let it thaw for 20-30 minutes then decorate with the coulis and serve with bananas and other fresh, organic fruit.


butyesidoeatpotatoes said...

Beautiful! (Everything: the pictures, the post, the recipe) :)

raechel @the rebel grrrl kitchen said...

Absolutely stunning. I want this in my belly, but it seems almost too pretty to eat....

Nah, I'd still eat it. ; )

Heartybite said...

I am rewarding myself with this cake - if i pass my exam next week :) It looks like a piece of art! How do you stay in shape with all these yummy treats? :)

Em von Euw said...

Thank you! <3

Em von Euw said...

I ate it.

Lol :)

Em von Euw said...

Haha great! Well, I usually work out everyday but this cake is mostly dates, bananas and avocado so I don't worry about it :)


Anonymous said...

Looks yummy!

Em von Euw said...


Koko said...

I totally agree with your philosophy in food as art, but not just in a visual way. Although, your presentation is stunning!

Em von Euw said...

Thank you, Koko! Always love your comments.


Unknown said...

This cake deserves to come to my table so i can please my beloved husband on valentines day. Thank u, thank u, thank u.

xxkatrin said...

I made this cake the other day and it was soooo good! Thank you so much for a super inspiring blog. I love to visit your page!

Anonymous said...

Hi. First you are amazing. Looove to read your creative happy blog. Your recipe are stunning, your pics too ! So far, I made your avocado-choco mousse that is simply out of this world best of the best chocolat mousse, and also this cake tonight for my son 7th BB. It was a real hit!I used peanut butter instead of almond butter and it worked just find. My super mom how is the best cook in the world even asked me for the recipe. I only found your blog a week ago and I am so trill that I found it! You re amazinnggggg thank you so much ! :-) Julie D.

Em von Euw said...

Oh wow that is just the best thing to hear- thanks SO MUCH! I really appreciate that and am super grateful for your honesty and kindness =)

xox, em

Anonymous said...

Hello Emily ! I'm making your mint chocolate patties tonight!! So excited ! Bought the ingredients, i'm all set ! I'll let you know! I love cook books and recipies and every thing that is healthy (I'm a healthy freak I guess) but when I thought I knew everything : there you are ! You're like a new dimension applied to cooking ! You're helping me cooking in a whole new way. You actually make eating raw food cool & fun!! that is quit an accomplishment !!!...:) Thank you all the way from Québec ! Julie D. :)

candace | yogabycandace said...

WOW. This is one of the most beautiful food pictures I've seen...EVER. I bet it tastes even better. Further fueling my happiness from this post is the fact that the ingredients are all things I have (save for the goji berries) and the instructions look easy. Yay! Thank you so much for sharing, and for being so inspiring!

Rebecca said...

Hi, I have made this once before and it was gorgeous! I have just made another one (but without the avocado choc top) but I don't want to eat it for a few weeks because I have made two other ice cream pies so I don't want to overdo it! Would it be okay in the freezer for a few weeks do you think?

Em von Euw said...

Yep, that's be okay :) Just store it well.

June Burns said...

Oh my goodness! I saw this featured in a Buzzfeed post and now I am in awe! I eat a mostly vegan diet so I would love to try the date caramel, if nothing else. Raw food is awesome, since you never have to cook anything :)

Sliceanddicehappyspice said...

You are one talented homo sapien! :) Impressive, LOVE your posts, and your humor amuses me! Go raw uncooking, booyeah! :)

Anonymous said...

You do realize that most of the photos you upload are the same somehow. maybe you could take photos during the process of making it, it would be really helpful.