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This challenge was a challenge, as I have been with out a working oven for almost 3 weeks now!  I had made my ice cream base last week and was wondering if I would ever get to process it.  Luckily my angle (the carpenter), came and installed my new oven this past Monday.  It was an ordeal to say the least, cut our old oven and base unit, move a cabinet, rewire the wall, remove and cut down counter top, reinstall and slide in new oven.  But alas it is done and I am BAKING again!  We love cake and ice cream in our house.  So much, if our Netfix arrives and we no ice cream, someone has to run out for some Ben and Jerry’s or Breyers.  I make a lot of home made ice cream now that I have the kitchen-aid ice cream attachment.  This is by far the best batch of fruit ice cream I have ever made.  Recipe to follow.  This all being said, I settled on a Zuccotto: is an Italian dessert with origins in Florence, a semi-frozen, chilled dessert made with brandy, cake and ice cream. I did however omit the brandy and replaced it with Ganache, my third favorite thing.  I made the cakes in 6″ rounds, this recipe made enough batter for two 6″ cakes.  The cake was so incredible easy to make.  Who would not love a 3 ingredient recipe?  The cake came out of the oven, and I had to shave some off just for a taste.  Ah, what bliss, like velvet chocolate on your tongue.  Marvelous.  I processed my raspberry ice cream and then pressed it into 1/2 round 6″ moulds and froze them overnight.  Lastly I made the ganache, assembled my layers and poured the cooled ganache over the cake.  I then popped it back in the “blast chiller” for a final 30 minutes before cutting.  Served with fresh raspberries, this desert was divine and will be made in my home again, very soon!  We give this 4 hearts, our highest rated Darring Bakers challenge.  Thank you to our hosts.

The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE’s blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef.
We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.

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My girls were present during my photo shot, and wanted to taste so badly.  If you can imagine me saying over and over “please stay back for just 1 more minute, this is mommies important project”, until they could stand it no more…….

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These cakes were commissioned for the Lowndes Youth Leadership League, or LYLL, by G. Green.  She needed to feed 30 teenagers cake after a long day at camp.  I was given full leeway and opted for two cakes.  Teens tend to be picky, and this would give me an opportunity to please everyone.  The first cake was my Traditional White Cake with Swiss Alps Buttercream and was filled with a layer of Cream Cheese Buttercream.  The second cake was my Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Mocha Buttercream and was filled with a layer of Dark Chocolate Ganache.  A snail trail graced the bottom of both cakes set atop textured card-stock basses. They were both adorned with hand made shimmering flowers in brown and white, about 200 each.  I believe they were quiet stunning when paired together.

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Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.

It is often called the Lunar New Year, especially by people in mainland China and Taiwan.  January 26th 2009 is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, met with celebrations and observations by ethnic Chinese and others around the world. This year, we welcome the Year of the Ox, the sign representing solemn hard work and prosperity – an animal that appears aptly symbolic for these difficult times.  Here you can see some amazing pictures of the celebration across China.

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My daughters Pre-K class celebrated Chinese New Year.  They all learned how to say “Gung Hay Fat Choy”, happy new year in Chinese.  At snack time they ate noodles with chop sticks and enjoyed these chocolate chiffon cupcakes with Swiss buttercream and the word “ox” in English and Chinese on them from BC.   I am so amazed at the effort our schools put into educating our children and opening their eyes to other cultures and new things.  It was a wonderful day!

Hello reader, this Blog is a real time biography for Bonobo Cakes. BC will become an official bakery sooner than later. For now however, we are closed. With the addition of a 3rd child, life is to important to stop and spend 24 hours strait on a cake. Although we love cake, it will be a while before we get back into baking on a large scale. Enjoy the stories and photos, but please ask prior to using any of our original information on another site. Thank you and Enjoy the blog as it was!