Cakes are easy to make
with cocoa powder, they are more tender and intensely flavored, very
decadent and delicious. No machine is needed or required to make this
recipe for ice cream. Put these two together on a plate for a beautiful
and different presentation. See more of my easy
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Prep Time: 40 min Cook Time: 10 min
1 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
3 egg yolks. beaten slightly
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 mint sprigs,
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In mixing bowl combine 1 cup sugar, flour and cocoa; in small saucepan combine butter, water and oil, bring to a
boil; pour over dry ingredients; add egg, buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla blending thoroughly. Pour batter into 10-inch x 15-inch sheet
pan. Bake for 10 minutes; cool on a rack.
Cut 16 round pieces 2-1/2-inch x 1/2-inch thick. Place 8 on a rack with pan underneath to catch drippings and coat with chocolate syrup. Cut
out 1-inch centers from the remaining 8 round pieces; discard cut outs or eat
Ice Cream (or use commercial brand): (can be made 2 days ahead)
In a saucepan combine and bring up to a boil milk, heavy cream and 1/4 cup sugar. Place egg yolks in small
bowl. Temper by adding 1/4 cup hot milk-cream mixture whisking vigorously so that the
yolks do not scramble, add back to the saucepan whisking rapidly for
several seconds. Do not boil. Add the vanilla. When sauce coats the back of a spoon
remove from heat. If sauce is lumpy, strain. Pour into a non-porous container, cover and
freeze. Puree in a food processor or blender and freeze again at least 2 to
3 hours or overnight.
Note: To make serving time
easy place frozen ice cream balls on a sheet pan, cover
and freeze solid. At serving time they will be ready to use.
Place a center-removed cake round on plate; put
ice cream ball in center. Lean a chocolate coated cake round against it. Spoon 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup on
plate for a garnish, put
a small dot of softened ice cream in center of chocolate; use a toothpick or tip of a sharp knife to make designs in
it (see my picture); garnish with mint sprigs.
Repeat this easy process for each serving.