Daring Bakers: Swiss Swirl Ice Cream Bombe

So many components to this dessert!  Two ice creams, hot fudge sauce, chocolate cake, whipped cream…and then there’s the assembly process.  Whew!  When I told Ben all the things I had to do, he said “Can you imagine having to do this when you were still teaching?”  Yes, I can imagine that.  I would have freaked out.  Probably like this scene from Julie & Julia.

Thankfully I saved myself, and Ben, from this potential freak out by spreading everything out over 5 days and having this thing ready to enjoy 3 days before the Daring Bakers reveal.  Having a lot of free time is such a luxury.

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 must confess right now that I cannot attest to how good this ice cream treat is at present.  I haven’t yet cut into this impressive dessert and tasted it.  It is sitting in my freezer just waiting for me…calling to me, really.  I’m saving it for our 4th anniversary this Thursday.  I’ll make sure to amend this post once I get to try a slice as we celebrate 4 years of marital bliss!

Day 1 and 2:

I made the vanilla ice cream first.  On day two I made the chocolate ice cream.  These were completed first and spent a few days in the freezer.

Day 3:

I made the chocolate cakes and filling and rolled them up.  I stored these in the fridge overnight.

Day 4:

I made the fudge sauce and assembled the cake.  I highly recommend taking the time in between layers to let everything set fully.  It will make life easier for you.  Also, your ice cream needs to be soft and pliable so let it sit out for a while before trying to spread it.

Day 5:

When you go to un-mold the cake, wrapping a warm, wet towel around the bowl for a few seconds really helps.

I can’t say how the slicing is going to go, but a warm sharp knife is key to any frozen dessert.  Dipping it in warm water and drying it quickly between slices is also a nice trick.

Since there are SO many recipes, here is the link to the PDF with all of them.  This is an much easier way to read the recipes than my cut and paste jobs!

All the components are delicious separately.  I had some leftover fudge sauce and whipped cream that I used to make one of the best simple sundaes I have ever had.  I had to sample the ice creams as well, and they were both quite tasty.  I cannot wait to try all of these together!  Thanks for a great challenge.