Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Chocolate Icecream Cake - Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Dairy Free!

Missing out on normal chocolate and other edible Christmas naughtiness wasn't an exciting prospect for me in the lead up to Christmas. I usually love to have Santa chocolates or cashews or plum pudding-icecream, but because of my special diet for my immune system (ugh, see here if you have no idea what I'm harping on about) I had to cut all that out. So, to console myself I attempted to make a buche noel using agave (a sugar alternative) and coconut-milk icecream (dairy free). But we all know that gluten free cakes aren't the most pliable and that means they not so easy to roll.  So my buche noel turned into a bit of a rectangle layer cake. Surprisingly, it was delicious and looked lovely! It definitely brought some edible Christmas cheer back into my Christmas dinner.  In fact, I'll probably make it again for New Years Eve.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with lots of yumminess and fun with your family or friends! I know I did!

Ingredients for Sheet Cake
4 eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup agave syrup
100g gluten free flour, plain or self raising
90-100g gluten free cocoa

Method for Sheet Cake
In a bowl, beat the eggs lightly to disperse the yolk (by hand or with mixer if needed).  Add the agave and continue to whisk/electric mix the egg and sugar until mixture is slightly thicker.  At this stage, gradually fold in the cocoa and flour.  Spread mixture on a tray lined with baking paper.  Bake at 180 degrees (fan-forced) until just firm; perhaps 15 minutes.  The sponge should spring back when cooked properly.  Remove sponge from oven and allow to cool. Then cut the sheet cake into 3 sections.

Ingredients for Filling
Dairy Free, sugar free, icecream such as CocoLuscious Coconut (or Vanilla) Icecream

Method
Allow icecream to sit on bench for a little while until it is slightly softer. Use a knife to spread the icecream evenly (you can see in my photo that mine wasn't spread evenly on each layer) onto each layer of the sheet cake. Stack. Return to freezer for 20 minutes so the icecream sets. Remove from freezer and spread another layer over each 2 layers of icecream so it's quite thick. This will give the cake some height and a nicer, sweeter taste. Return to freezer.

Ingredients for Topping/Icing

100-120g agave-sweetened chocolate, such as Conscious Chocolate
50g copha (made on coconut oil)
2 tsp dairy free margarine, such as Nuttlex

Method
Place a saucepan half filled with water ontop of the stove. Place a heat-proof bowl on top of the saucepan. In this bowl, place the ingredients for the topping in there and wait until they melt. Mix with a metal spoon and pour evenly over the cake.  Return to freezer for 1 hour before serving.

34 comments:

  1. It looks delicious and perfect for summer Christmas. In S.Africa we often made ice cream Christmas puds as it was too hot for a regular one. Sure that could be made in the same way as you have done the cake with dried fruit in it. Maybe you cannot eat dry fruit though!! Keep well Diane

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  2. This looks delicious and I'm glad you had something similar to buche noel to enjoy. Looks like you had lots of presents under the tree :) Hope you had a good Christmas and best wishes for the new year!

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  3. You have a beautiful blog! :) And the ice cream cake looks marvelous!
    -
    Kavi
    (Edible Entertainment)
    Ongoing events:
    Jingle All The Way &
    Microwave Easy Cooking

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  4. Looks so delicious! Lovely Christmas Tree! Happy New Year!

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  5. You can't beat a lighter dessert after a big Christmas dinner - I always make panna cotta now!

    Your tree is very pretty and the array of large presents under it looks most enticing

    Hope you had a great time and all the best for 2012

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  6. Il y avait beaucoup de cadeaux sous ton arbre. Cette gourmandise a l'air délicieuse! Joyeuses Fêtes!

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  7. that cake sounds too good to be true, gluten, sugar AND dairy free? wow. it looks gorgeous x

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  8. Wow this look A MA ZING Brittany and delicious and sugar free:) I adore:)

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  9. everyone should be able to properly spoil themselves during the holidays, and this slice is the perfect way for anyone to accomplish that! :)

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  10. Oh, if you hadn't told us it was supposed to be a roll, we would have just assumed it was a layered ice cream cake. Looks great. How difficult to have to follow your diet, but looks like you are doing great and being very creative! Good for you. Your tree is beautiful and all of your packages were lovely too. Hope you have a wonderful New Year.

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  11. lol! what a cute post! I feel your pain when GF doesn't work out to be as pliable as regular baked goods! That ooey-gooey gluteny chew just isn't there and can't be replicated in some baked goodies. Bread is something I'm going to be experimenting with because I'm seriously craving some chew! Your dessert turned out well in the end even though it didn't "roll"! I hope you have a Happy New Year!

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  12. That looks most delicious and what a lovely Christmas tree too! Wishing you a very Happy New Year:D

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  13. Mmmm, your cake looks so yummy! Hope you have a great New Year! :)

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  14. This looks amazing! Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free just didn't seem to match up with the picture!

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  15. Yummo! This looks amazing - you'd never know it was GF, DF and SF! Hope you have a happy New Year!

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  16. It is good that you are starting to work on gluten-free desserts. I'm proud of you.

    I made 5 successful yule logs up until now. I made the mistake two years ago of not rolling the génoise once it is out of the oven. The génoise is quite malleable when it is piping hot. Have you tried that?

    Best wishes for 2012, Brittany!

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  17. This looks amazing!
    Love your blog!
    Nice finding you!
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  18. Happy new years everyone. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,pa

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  19. I wish you a very happy New Year! ;o)
    Hélène

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  20. Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year!
    Z.

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  21. Perfect to start the year, I love them! Happy new year!

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  22. Bonne année à toi et toute ta famille.
    A bientôt

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  23. Happy 2012 to you and your family.

    I can't believe that this yummy ice cream is gluten, sugar and even dairy free! This recipe is amazing!

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  24. Happy New Year! glad to hear it still turned out delicious, in fact I'm loving the sound of that coconut milk ice cream! What a tree, and all those presents piled up underneath! Hope you had a great Christmas!

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  25. Hi Brittany, Happy New Year. What a beautiful tree you had. Greetings. Kirsten

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  26. happy new year to you! diary free?? it looks great and can eat this lot without guilt! all the best for 2012!

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  27. this is a lovely chocolate cake. I hope your Christmas was fabulous (and it looks like it was) and Happy New Year!

    Mariangie

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  28. The cake sounds delicious and your tree was really beautiful. You seem to be adapting well to your new food regime. I hope you had a great holiday and that 2012 brings only good things your way. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  29. Happy New Year and hope you had a lovely Christmas.


    Maria
    x

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  30. I'm glad you enjoyed your cake:) It sure looksn delicious! Your Christmas tree is lovely~so warm and inviting.

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