Sunday, May 16, 2010

the ultimate raw ice cream cake challenge: pearberry bliss

edit: this cake won 2nd place! woohoo!=)

PearBerry Bliss

the idea for this ice cream cake was inspired by a pearberry parfait i made in march for our friend, yahya. a nice, ripe pear is one of my favorite fruits, and i love all shades of purple.

the trinity of tart blackberry, sweet pear, and raw cacao is heaven to my taste buds... i just had to recreate it in ice cream cake form.

allow me to take you through the process...=)

1. the sketch

the original plan, until i bought a spearmint plant.

pearmint sorbet with chocolate sounded really yummy, so i went with it. the vanilla ice cream with pear chunks square was omitted, and pear sorbet (minus mint) took its place.

2. blackberry ice cream

heathy's berry ice cream recipe with chocolate chips. irish moss subbed soy lecithin. 

3. the pear sorbet center

frozen chunks of pear and banana blended in the food processor.

4. blonde crunchies

heathy's recipe for vanilla flavored buckwheat crunchies. 

5. pearmint sorbet

chunks of frozen pear and banana with a few spearmint leaves, blended in the food processor 'til smooth and creamy. 

6. chocolate ice cream center

heathy's chocolate ice cream recipe. (once again omitted the soy lecithin and subbed irish moss gel, my new favorite emulsifier and anti-aging cream.=)

7. sampling the leftovers =)

the sketch called for a pearmint sorbet and blackberry sauce swirled topping.

*blended blackberries, agave, and lemon juice strained through a nut milk bag to remove the seeds.

once again my fruit mixture turned an unpleasant color. (stinkin'oxidation!) luckily i had lots of blondies leftover, so i coated the top of the cake.

(see my new 4x4 and 2x2 beds in the background? we're planting tomorrow=) 


major kudos to heathy for 1) creating such amazing ice cream cake recipes and 2) hosting such an awesome challenge. what a blast it's been, and summer hasn't even officially begun!

and high fives to all who participated! each and every cake looks delicious and is incredibly creative.  whaddya say we all meet up and do a slice swap?=)


  1. you know how i feel about this cake...hands down!!! love it...

    my sketches were not as beautiful as yours...haha!!!

    and yup...i'm down for getting together and doing a slice swap!!!


  2. i am glad i am not the only one who did sketches. :-) what a cool sounding cake. i love all those flavors and i'd love to have a slice.

  3. Oh my, this is stunning. The photography is just luscious, too! I knew there were sketches involved!

  4. wow this is so amazing i am gobsmacked!!!! gorgeous cake i love it!!!

  5. I love that you did a sketch!!! You are too cute! :) These cakes are all so amazing, I need to make one (even though it wouldn't be for the contest). I just need to see what I come up with. Everyone has been so creative! Good luck!

  6. Lovely Kelli girl! Hehehe that sketch is too cute!
    I want a piece! :)

  7. Wow! Wow! Wow! Luv it.

  8. love it!! It's gorgeous! I love purple too:) Congrats on all your cakes. I'm so in for a cake swap...but I need to make a cake!

  9. OMG...that is so awesome! Good luck!

  10. thank you!=)

    the sketch may be the funnest part - well, besides eating it!

  11. Wow! You're dessert is beautiful! You did such a great job and the flavors sound absolutely wonderful! I love pear... with chocolate and blondie and berry- YUM!

  12. kelli, love that you went to a wedding, love that you have the time and creative genius to make these amazing, nelly, aimee/bitt, you girls are just amazing!

    I loved your comment to me, traces of this and that and cooked food...yeah, it happens. Trust me, I am not a puritan but defi do pay the price the next week for my indiscretions LOL

  13. Love your little diagrams! You even colored them. Neato! You definitely got a knack for flavor combining. This is the kinda stuff you expect to see in some high end restaurant.

    Sell! Go to the Farmer's Market and sell!!!

  14. Kelli,

    Not just this cake, but your whole blog is inspiring. You're awesome...and we love the kitty pictures too.

    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Congratulations!

  16. Congratulations on placing in the challenge! Looks delicious!

  17. How did I miss this post the first time around?! It's beautiful Kelli! Congrats on placing 2nd!!!

  18. Hey..wanted to let u know that I luved your Pearberry Ice Cream Ck, looks D-licious. I luv the unique combination of flavors, n- I luv luv luv, the idea of a pear ice cream :)
    Plus, it was gorgeous!
    I'll have to join in nxt time for Heathers challenges, looks like alot of fun, I hope she does another one!

  19. I am so happy for you! Congratulations:) Your cake is stunning.


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