Thursday, July 29, 2010

Daring Bakers Challenge: Swiss Swirl Ice Cream Cake

I'll admit it. I'm still in Japan mode. My family and I are still coming off our high so when I saw this month's Daring Bakers' Challenge, I decided that I needed to make something with some of my spoils from the trip - Green Tea, Sakura Essence, and Azuki.  

The July 2010 Daring Bakers' Challenge was hosted by Sunita of Sunita's world - life and food. Sunita challenged everyone to make an ice-cream filled Swiss roll that's then used to make a bombe with hot fudge.  Her recipe is based on an ice cream cake recipe from Taste of Home.

I love Japanese pastries - never overly sweet but rather light and fluffy in nature with just enough sweetness to let the eater know that it was dessert.  I saw a recipe for a Green Tea Roll in Orange Page, a Japanese Magazine and thought I'd give a variation a try.  The Sakura Ice Cream came out as a screaming pink concoction mainly due to very shaky hands.  The fudge layer was mixed with azuki beans which I started to eat by the spoonful.

In my  mind's eye, I pictured a perfectly layered creation that was even all around, smooth without bumps and creases. The reality was much different:
This pink sakura ice cream that managed to seep through?  It was a lot worse on my first attempt - the  whole thing was pink.

I have to say, when i took a bite of it, it was really good.  I was a little surprised seeing as how the combination was a little crazy but it married together well. I'm still tweaking the recipes a bit and will post up when I'm happy with it. 


  1. See now call me crazy but I think this looks so much more appetizing than a cake made with little Debbie swiss rolls ;-)

    Good job Jenny - I would not have attempted anything with food colouring - that first picture looks lovely!!!

  2. Clearly I was insane to have tried to use food coloring!! :)

    thanks for being so supportive. I was THIS CLOSE to tossing it, lying on the floor, and giving up.


  3. Wuh... tossing it?? Whoa girl you are WAY TOO hard on yourself - I think it looks fabulous and all I can say is that it is a really good thing that I can't eat everything I see on the web!!! (There are only so many hours one can spend at the gym!)

    Lafujimama's pics of you are terrific!!! Looks like you all had a great time!!

  4. Nancy - you are TOO kind! I think my mind's eye was a lot more fanciful and perfect than what the reality was! :)

    [and fujimama's just a really good photographer!]


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