Chocolate cherry amaretto ice cream cake

Oh. My. God. This is one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten!

Let’s rewind. After having tons of fun with Heathy’s Moon Pie challenge, I was totally jazzed to enter her latest raw dessert contest: the Ultimate Raw Ice Cream Cake challenge. I knew pretty much from the start that I wanted to combined the delicious flavours of cherries and amaretto, and to round it off, I decided to throw in some chocolate. I’ve always been a big fan of amaretto liquer (although I rarely drink alcohol anymore), and I’ve been having tons of fun with a bottle of almond extract I picked up a few weeks ago. It really does a great job of imparting the delicious flavour of amaretto to certain foods. I’ve been adding a few drops of it to vegan yogurt recently, along with frozen cherries, so I knew the flavour combination would workΒ  well in my ice cream cake. Here’s the breakdown of my take on a raw ice cream cake:

Crust: almond dark cacao (almonds, cacao, coconut oil, maple sugar)

Layer 1: chocolate ice cream (Heathy’s recipe)

Layer 2: amaretti cookie crumble (almonds, shredded coconut, coconut oil, maple sugar, almond extract)

Layer 3: cherry amaretto ice cream (Heathy’s recipe, + almond extract, cherries)

Swirl: chocolate ice cream and cherry amaretto ice cream (with cherry juice for the pink colour)

Toppings: coconut whipped cream (Heathy’s recipe + some fresh young coconut), dried cherries, amaretti cookie

And that’s all, folks! The only challenge I ran into while constructing this beauty was an absent icing set. At one point I did own an icing bag complete with all kinds of deocrative tips for making fun icing patterns, but I can’t find it anywhere! Maybe it was lost when we moved last summer? At any rate, I improvised by cutting a hole in the corner of a ziploc bag, poking the tip of an old agave squirt bottle in the corner, and using that contraption to ice the top. It wasn’t ideal, but hey, it worked in a pinch!

I used frozen sour cherries (although I still found them pretty sweet), and the slight tartness perfectly counterbalanced the sweetness of the remaining components of the ice cream cake. It was a total joy every time I bit into one of the juice cherry chunks. As far as the individual components go, I think my favourite part to eat on its own was probably the amaretti cookie crumble. I had to stop myself from devouring it so I would have enough left for the cake.

My boy and I each had a slice last night (it may or may have not been my entire dinner!) and we’re still swooning. It also totally gave me a sugar high… I’ve been eating ultra clean lately so even sugar in raw desserts get to me super easily these days. Thankfully, it wasn’t difficult to enlist the help of a small army of friends, who are eager to assist in polishing off the rest of this delicious creation. In the meantime, here’s some raw food porn for your enjoyment πŸ™‚ If you want even more pics, check out some of the other entries floating around the blogosphere, like Kelli’s rawspberies and cream & chocolate strawberries & banana cakes, Norka’s lilac and poppy seed cake, Gillian’s Gimme S’More cake, an amazing orange blossom cake, several creations by Nelly, and Bitt’s cookies ‘n’ cream cake.

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25 Responses to “Chocolate cherry amaretto ice cream cake”

  1. wowsa lady that is one beautiful looking cake!!!

    where did you find your spring form pan???

  2. that looks ridiculously good. i am a total fan of amaretto too and i feel like that cookie crumble is just my thing. i opened my first ever young thai coconut this weekend and i see you are MUCH more skilled at opening one than i am, haha.

  3. lovely! I love cherry and chocolate–great combo! I need to try some almond extract–I didn’t realize that’s all you need. Super impressive you improvised with the bag and agave bottle top. Good chefs do that kind of stuff.

  4. wow.. it looks amazing!! πŸ™‚

  5. Okay, this cake challenge has me drooling!!! This is the 4th blog I visited today with the most beautiful cake I have ever seen! I can’t take it anymore..must. have. one. bite! πŸ™‚

  6. Camille, this is beautiful! My mouth is watering girl!

  7. wow! So yummy looking and impressive! WTG! Looks beautiful.

  8. SO happy to have found your blog!

  9. That looks so amazing! How big is the cake? I’m assuming it’s tall but small? Does that make any sense, haha…

  10. This is beautiful, fabulous, delicious looking, and more! So pretty! It looks totally professional! I love it! Can’t wait to make my entry… I just hope it looks as pretty as yours!

  11. Your cake looks and sounds absolutely incredible! I love the way you decorated the top:)

  12. Congratulations!

  13. Congratulations on the win! Your cake is beautiful!

  14. congratulations, camille!

    i love your cake and may have to recreate it someday. cherry season is coming soon!=)

  15. congratulations on your win, Camille! The cake looks luverly πŸ™‚

  16. I loved the look of your cake so much that I just bought Heathys ebook so I can make it for my husbands birthday. Its all his favorite flavors. One question..is there a recipe for the ameretti cookies anywhere?

  17. Wow so I love cherries and amaretto and I googled it. Then I found this recipe and my eyes got so big. I didn’t have a birthday cake this year and I really want to make this and just say that my birthday cake is just… better late than never? So good!

    XO

    http://www.ohonemorething.wordpress.com

    • Better late than never is a motto to live by! And there’s always something to celebrate, right? Glad you like the recipe. Thanks for the comment, because now I have found your awesome blog, too!

  18. OMG!! This looks amazing!! I am going to try and make one like it for my birthday!

    http://www.macroraw.blogspot.com

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