Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Raw Ice Cream Cake Challenge WINNER

Weeks ago I asked you guys to draw upon your creativity, yet again, to create The Ultimate Raw Ice Cream Cake! The goal was to come up with your best dream cake using my recipes as a base, with the addition of up to 10 ingredients of your choice. I should have waited until July for the contest, as it's Ice Cream Month, but I just discovered it on the calender.

My excitement built (just as with the moonie pie challenge) as entries slowly starting coming in... and then things picked up and submissions zoomed in right up until late Sunday night! If you haven't already, check out ALL the fabulous cakes. The contest wrapped up with a whopping 29 entries. I was thrilled to hear that you all had a crazy fun time making your cakes - some of you got so into it that you made 2, 4, and even 5 (yes, Nelly did!) cakes. A huge thank you to all of you who made this project such a blast!

As I said in the video, I've judged not only on the creativity of the cakes, but on the blog post, creativity of the new ingredients, and photos. Still, judging is the hardest part. Every cake is creative, beautiful, unique, and I'm sure, divinely delicious too. As a matter of fact, I've gone in circles with this one, checking out some posts  5 and 6 times, when my "numbers" (point system) came out as a tie. Yup, t'was a close competition. I even enlisted the help of my mom this morning, but it didn't make it any easier. Finally, a friend came to the rescue in the final minutes of deciding. Thank you "friend" :)

In the end, the cake that rose above the rest was... drumroll please...


Camille created an extremely gorgeous looking cake, incorporating all kinds of elements. Dense chocolate crust, smooth creamy chocolate ice cream, amaretti cookie crumble, amaretto ice cream with fresh juicy cherry chunks, and a swirling of chocolate and cherry. The cake is garnished with chewy dried cherries, and little amaretti cookies! Her photography is just as stunning as the cake itself, and her blog post had me wanting to fly over for a piece immediately!

Outstanding or what?! See her full post HERE

I've started my prep on the prize. I made grawnola a few days ago, and will be working on the chocolate goodies this week. They'll be there soon enough girl!

In second place... Kelli's Pear Berry Bliss Ice Cream Cake! 

Her cake is beautiful, and elegant, with a very interesting flavor combo: Blackberry ice cream, pear banana sorbet, blonde crunchies, pear mint sorbet, chocolate ice cream, more blonde crunchies, and a blackberry sauce to finish it off. Her detailed post is outstanding, and her sketch is adorable.



In third place... Aimee's Cookies N Cream Ice Cream Cake!


Her fun cake is a step back into her childhood. A magical swirling of chocolate and vanilla ice creams, with oreo cookies, cacao crunchies, and whipped cream. Yes, every kid's dream - and most adult's too, who have a sweet tooth! Come on, who doesn't want a slice of that?

You'll both receive a copy of my new book as soon as it comes out.

I found the following to be uber creative cake additions (you can see all the cakes/links HERE):

-Galactic cake party's heart in the middle of the cake - how on earth did they do it?!?!
-Nelly made graham crackers (which look exactly like the real thing!)
-Lori and Michelle added ice cream cones to the top of their cake.
-Molly made her cake in her college dorm room.
-E incorporated orange blossom water into her cake.
-Norka added candied lilacs.
-Jenna made chocolate dipped blonde and cacao biscotti... and Kelli did almond biscotti.

Again, thank you all for participating! I thoroughly enjoyed all your creations and I hope you'll make a few more ice cream cakes during the summer. I look forward to seeing them.

Questions about anything on this blog? Email heather@sweetlyraw.com

27 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

YAAAAAY!!!! Major congratulations to the winner :)

Pam said...

Congrats to the winners and everyone that participated....it was wonderful!

Raw Food Mamas said...

oh my god - these look amazing!

Thank you for sharing these with us - it may just inspire me to actually try my hand at an ice cream cake. My kids would be so grateful.

Thanks again. They look just incredible.

nutellacube said...

congrats to all the winners!!

Lauren said...

I don't know how you picked a winner! Everyone looked amazing!! Congrats to the winners!!!!

Vibrant said...

Congratulations to all the winners! The challenge was a ton of fun, everyone's cakes turned out gorgeous, and we're really excited to participate in upcoming challenges!

(And make every cake that was submitted because they all look delicious. So many cake parties to be had!)

Pure2raw twins said...

Congrats to the winner! All the ice cream cakes look amazing!

Laurel said...

YAY!! Congratulations :D!!! They are so beautiful! I seriously wanted to try all of the ice cream cakes. I wonder how long it would take to try the 27 other ice cream cakes . . .

Can't wait for your next challenge!!

Laurel

Laurel said...

Congrats to the winners!

Laurel said...

Congrats to the winners!

Heather Pace said...

Hehehe, wouldn't it be fun to work your way through ALL the cakes?! I'm excited for whoever does it! :)

kelli said...

yayyy!!! i feel honored to have been chosen 2nd - ALL of the cakes were amazing, each and every one!

like someone else said, we're all winners because we got to eat our cakes! =)

Camille (Raw Candy) said...

Wow - I'm so honoured to have won! Thank you so much, Heather, and thanks to everyone else for all the nice comments!

Congratulations to the other winners, and to everyone who entered. Every single cake was so amazingly unique and beautiful that I'm sure the judging process was agonizing!!

I only wish we were all in one place for cake sampling purposes :)

myrawlife said...

OMG! My mouth is watering so much!!! These winning cakes are absolutely RAWSOME!!!! Congrats to the winners!!! I really wish we could taste the winning treats!!! Yum-yum-yum!!!!

Thanks for hosting another fabulous challenge Heathy!!! =)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

I have been watching this little diddy unfold and I am sad to see that Nelly didn't get an honorable mention b/c she's my girl :) but I Am stoked for the winner (don't "know") her but I do know kelli and aimee, both awesome friends too :)

Wouldnt wanted to have been in your shoes, Heathy, hard job to pick from all this goodness!
xox

HiHoRosie said...

Congrats to Camille and all the participants...including NELLY!!!!

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

Ok, I'll say it again, yay & congrats to the winners! They really are fabulous creations ... absolutely incredible!

Melissa said...

Wow what awesome cakes! Congrats to all the winners and all who participated! Such gorgeous, creative stuff happening in the kitchie:)

é said...

congrats for all! we did a good job with these cakes i think! :)
and i still can't stop making cakes!

Nikki said...

Woohoo! Congratulations to the very much deserved winners. This project has left me sooo inspired. Thanks, Heather, for getting all of our creative juices flowing :)

Marlie Centawer said...

Awesome and congratulations to everyone! I love it - wish I had been able to get in on the cake contest action. Next time :)

Gena said...

All of the entries to this contest were out of control! What beautiful eye candy!

bitt of raw said...

so honored to be chosen. all the cakes look so delicious, it must have been near impossible to choose! good work everyone and happy eating!

Norka said...

Congratulations for the winners and all the other participants! I loved their ideas and beautiful creations! Inspired me a lot!
Can't wait till' the next challenge:))
Thanks Heathy for the opportunity and inspiration! Without You possibly I never get to this cake recipe of mine either.

Norka said...

Congratulations for the winners and all the other participants! I loved their ideas and beautiful creations! Inspired me a lot!
Can't wait till' the next challenge:))
Thanks Heathy for the opportunity and inspiration! Without You possibly I never get to this cake recipe of mine either.

Heather Pace said...

Yay, thanks guys, Im SO thrilled that you had fun with the challenge and are inspired to keep creating. Im excited to reveal the next one in a bit.

Anonymous said...

Love the photos- total FOOD PORN!MMMMMMMMM!!!!!!