New Dessert Challenge. The Reveal…

Last month, I had the idea to create a raw dessert challenge. I came up with a moonie pie, created three variations on the recipe, and invited you to experiment in your own kitchen and put your creativity to the test.

How did it go?! Entries started popping up online, as people got making their own moonies in various flavors. Not only did people have a blast, create healthy delicious desserts for their family/friends, but some got so inspired that they swapped moonies with their online buddies.

My idea behind these challenges is to gather together a group of people who have a love for raw desserts. I see so many people who are intimidated to make "over the top", gourmet desserts, so they turn to the same ol' repertoire time and time again. My intention is to show that anyone can create complex looking desserts by breaking down a recipe into a few simple steps.

Are you ready to hear what the latest dessert challenge is this time?! I decided to go with...

The Ultimate Raw Ice Cream Cake 

Get your thinking cap on and go to town here guys! Dream up your ideal cake and make it happen!

Just as I did with the moonie pie contest... I will feature all cake entries on my site in the form of one of your photos, along with a link back to your cake post.

This time, I made two raw ice cream cakes, both of which are found in the eBook. You'll find a lot of base recipes in the book that you can use to create an amazing ice cream cake of your own! 
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Luscious Chocolate Vanilla Caramel Swirl Cake

Rich chocolate ice cream - brownie chunks - chocolate crunchies - smooth vanilla ice cream- bananas - a swirling of caramel and fudge sauces - coconut whipped cream 

Are YOU ready for the challenge?! 

How to Enter: 

1. Sign up for my Newsletter, if you haven't done so already (exclusive recipes, tips, ideas, and updates for subscribers only).

2. Watch my YouTube Video, which outlines all the rules in detail and gives you an inside peak at one of my cakes.

3. Grab a copy of the "Ultimate Raw Ice Cream Cake" Recipe eBook for $9.97. Click on the link below:

Add to Cart

4. Create your own Raw Ice Cream Cake, adding up to 10 ingredient changes of your choice!

5. Blog About Your Cake, including your ingredient changes, then come and let me know via the comment section below. Remember to leave a link back to your site, which I will check out and judge. (I'll also grab one of your pics for my entries post - if you have a favorite pic you want posted, let me know).

NotePlease do not post any of the recipes from my ebook in your post. 

6. Challenge Ends: Saturday, May 15, 2010 at midnight. Get your comments (with link) in by then.  I will announce the winner on Sunday or Monday...

NOTE: YES, you can still enter if you do not live in North America. You can still make and blog about your cake. I will put together an ebook package since I can't send a choccie prize. 

NOTE: An ice cream maker is NOT required for the challenge! Goody! 

Refreshing Fruity Frosty Cake 
Black Cherry, Mango, Raspberry, Blueberry, Coconut Crunch

(You'll see only one of my cakes in the video because at the time of filming, the other one wasn't yet finished.)  

What Do You Win?!?!
  • The winner's cake (hand picked by me) will be in a feature post on my blog with a link to their site.
  • The winner's recipe changes will be featured in my newsletter, along with their cake photo. So anyone who has the book will have access to the winner's cake recipe. 
  • Since we can't easily do an ice cream cake swap as with the moonies, the winner will receive: A bundle of my homemade chocolate and granola, including:
2 Choccie Nut Butter Cups

5 Fruit and Nut Clusters

6 Truffles
1 Bag of Granola

1 Mint Chip, Dark, or Orange Goji Chocolate Bar (your choice)
2 Caramel Pecan Turtles

I really hope you'll take the plunge and make your own ultimate raw ice cream cake... 

If you have questions about the contest, feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Ps... In my previous post, I asked if anyone was up for a moonie pie/goody exchange - only Gillian replied that she was keen - she said she's been working on some variations. Anyone up for exchanging with her?

Pss... I also asked if anyone could guess the name of the game this time around. While a lot of you were close in guessing ice cream, only a two of you hit the nail right on the head... Good job Mindy and Recover!

I said I'd draw a name if more than one person guessed correctly: Recover, you get to pick one out of my three books. If you'd like to leave me a comment below with your email addy and which book you'd like, it'll be on its way asap.

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  1. April 26, 2010 at 23:17

    This is over the top! Just in time for my hubby's b-day! I know he will love it. I want to know how you got those 4 flavor ones. Wow.

  2. April 27, 2010 at 01:47

    I SOOOO want to be in the US right now to enter the contest!!! Your desserts make my mouth water and I'd loooove to taste your choccies!

  3. April 27, 2010 at 05:49

    Omg this is quite the challenge! I have alot of life challenges going on so respectfully will have to decline this one..but holy yummmmmmm i cant wait to see what everyone comes up with!<br /><br />My abs, glad you blew them up LOL when i read that! And no, they werent always ripped and chiseled. Diet and exercise baby! I am going to post on it all and what i do, on Wed. My tips n tricks. And you can give me your tips n tricks on all your glorious foodie creations :)<br /><br />xoxo

  4. April 27, 2010 at 06:09

    I live in Hungary. Can I enter the challenge as well? I've just subscribed Your news letter (I hope i confirmed correctly), and already started thinking in moonie pies, try to figure out a seasonal, Hungarian flavor:)<br />But I'm very excited about this ice cream cake project as well, it has just started to inspire me -as the warm season comes-, so I would be glad if I could take part of this challenge :)

  5. April 27, 2010 at 13:33

    Oh my goodness girlie! You never cease to amaze :) I would love to take part in the festivities once I get back from my travels. Looks like it might be a late night submission again :)

  6. April 27, 2010 at 14:14

    AWESOME! I'm so excited for this one... ice cream cakes were always my favourite growing up, but I don't think I've had one since going vegan, let alone raw. Can't wait to see what people come up with :)

  7. April 27, 2010 at 14:48

    i'm interested...but do i need to own an ice cream maker???<br /><br /> rock lady love...i can't believe how creative you are! and you make the raw vegan lifestyle so yummy!<br /><br />heart you!

  8. April 27, 2010 at 15:07

    Bitt - cool! What better time to make a cake than for a birthday celebration! yum 4 flavors is in the book...<br /><br />Carla... you can still enter if you don't live in the US... Im gonna rig a prize for those who live elsewhere :)<br /><br />Averie - I totally understand girl, you've got a lot on the ball right now with your new gigs - cant wait to read all your tips and tricks!!!! <br /><br />Norka- yes you can still enter - Im going to rig a prize for those who live outside of north america. <br /><br />Marlie - where you goin this time girlie?!!? <br /><br />Camille - i used to love ice cream cakes too... its nice that we can still enjoy them! :) Cant wait to see you come up with strawberry moonie queen!<br /><br />Nelly - nope, no ice cream maker required! You're good to go - thanks, ill include a note about that in my post.

  9. April 27, 2010 at 16:42

    Oh man, I'm totally all over this one! I LOOOOVE raw desserts- especially "ice cream" ones... anything cold. Yum! Can't wait to see how everyone does and what everyone makes! Thanks for these fantastic challenge ideas!

  10. April 27, 2010 at 18:39

    Thanks Heather for the awesome comment today...I needed it, kinda weary of posting about my caffiene issues...ugh. <br /><br />I am going to try to get the courage up to do this one,,it looks amazing!!!!

  11. April 28, 2010 at 07:44

    I can't enter being in Australia but I had two ideas last night so will post something anyway if that's okay.

  12. April 28, 2010 at 12:59

    I don't know where you get the time for all this. You go girl!<br /><br />Who knew we'd both be doing the checkerboard thing.

  13. April 28, 2010 at 14:13

    YES!! What a great challenge! We cannot wait to show you what we are thinking of to make!!

  14. April 28, 2010 at 15:37

    Lori - nice to see you on board... love your new site!<br /><br />Mandy - I totally understand... mine is suuugar, not caffeine. Still working through it. <br /><br />Arlenes, yes you can definitely still enter your cake. Im creating a virtual package for that very purpose. <br /><br />Shannon - i totally had to laugh when I saw your checkered cuppie the other day... i thought ud get a kick outta the cake. <br /><br />Twins.... I know Im in for a great surprise with you gals ;)

  15. April 28, 2010 at 16:32

    Ciao sweetly gorgeous,<br />Another FANTASTIC challenge! I love what you are doing ♥ it's really great!<br />xOxO

  16. April 29, 2010 at 02:20

    my friend is giving me an ice cream maker this weekend. is this a sign? =)

  17. May 2, 2010 at 18:53

    Holy ice cream cake goodness!!!! Wowza! Those ice cream cakes are amazing. Wish I had your talents. Can't wait to see the entries. How fun! :) Maybe, someday when I have more time I'll get funky fresh and play around. I love the 4 flavored one. How cool! Nummers!!

  18. May 2, 2010 at 23:25

    i made a rawspberries and cream ice cream cake and blogged about it here. (am i the first entry?!)<br /><br /><br /><br />can't wait to make another!=)

  19. May 4, 2010 at 20:30

    I'm very excited! You can find my cake here:<br /><br />My blog is Hungarian, so don't be surprised, the English version is below. It's a lilac and poppy seed ice cream cake.<br />I hope I've done with everything. <br />I hope I can sleep at night:)

  20. May 4, 2010 at 20:33

    I'm very excited! You can find my cake here:<br /><br />My blog is Hungarian, so don't be surprised, the English version is below. It's a lilac and poppy seed ice cream cake.<br />I hope I've done with everything. <br />I hope I can sleep at night:)

  21. May 5, 2010 at 03:55

    I did it!!! You can find my cake by going here: <br /><br /><br /><br />I had such a blast making this and everyone is reaping the rewards. My daughter asked if she could have a slice for dinner tonight...I almost said "Sure!"..but then decided to make her wait until AFTER dinner ; )<br /><br />Thanks again for keeping me inspired!

  22. May 6, 2010 at 00:40

    just noticed you posted this at 3:33.=)<br /><br />i made another - this time chocolate strawberry and banana. i can't stop - they're too good!<br /><br />

  23. May 8, 2010 at 16:50

    Another contestant from Hungary! :)<br />My blog is in hungarian as well, but i've written this post in english. <br />I hope you'll like it! (Sorry for my bad english)<br /><br />I almost forgotten the link:<br />

  24. May 10, 2010 at 04:10

    My entry is complete! I made a chocolate cherry amaretto ice cream cake. YUM.<br /><br /><br /><br />I love gazing at the photos of all the amazing creations you ladies have come up with :)

  25. May 10, 2010 at 17:05

    Heather!<br /><br />I finished the mint chip and fudge ripple cake for my mom! I call it the Grasshopper Cake :D. <br /><br />Here is the link too my blog about it:<br /><br />Thank you for the recipe. I enjoyed giving this to my Mom on her special day. You rock! Have an awesome day!<br /><br />Laurel

  26. May 10, 2010 at 18:46

    we just posted about this great challenge<br /><br /><br /><br />xoxo

  27. May 10, 2010 at 19:47

    Hi Heathy!<br /><br />I made this for your contest:<br /><br /><br />It's a mocha chocolate vanilla latte ice cream cake with brownie crust and chocolate dipped biscotti!<br /><br />duodenum at gmail dot com

  28. May 11, 2010 at 04:57

    hey heathy! i've got another entry - café almond biscotti.<br /><br /><br />=)

  29. May 11, 2010 at 15:48

    OH my goodness! You gals are ALL amazing!!! I love it, keep em comin!

  30. May 12, 2010 at 03:27

    I finally finished my first ice cream cake: Red Velvet Brownie. Here's the link:

  31. May 12, 2010 at 11:48

    Heather, just a quick question about the ingredient changes. Does this mean that we can mix and match any variety of your ice creams and sauces/fillings and these are not an ingredient change? And if we change or add something to the ice cream, then those are the allowed ingredient changes? I need some clarification on that. I know I am coming in late in the game and I may not make the deadline, but I am going to try. Thanks.

  32. May 12, 2010 at 15:32

    Laurel - you can mix and match any of the recipes in the book, PLUS add up to 10 new ingredients of your choice. Plus you can omit whatever you want from my recipes. Just as long as you're only adding 10 ingredients in total to the whole cake. <br /><br />Yay, you can do it! Can't wait to see your cake!

  33. May 14, 2010 at 23:18

    Ok Heather! I got my ice cream cake made. Here is the link to view the results:<br /><br />I hope you like it!

  34. May 15, 2010 at 01:48

    Hey Heather!!!<br /><br />Just finished making ANOTHER ice cream cake - Pomegranate Heaven :D!<br /><br />Here is the link

  35. May 16, 2010 at 01:08

    Hiya Heathy!<br /><br />What a fantastic challenge! We made our own Galactic Cake! Thanks for the endless inspiration your blog provides!<br /><br />

  36. May 16, 2010 at 23:38

    This was the best contest/challenge ever! SO MUCH FUN! AND tasted amazing! Great recipes!!!<br />Here's my entry:<br />Caramel Crumb Cinnamon Apple Pie (and) Ice Cream<br /><br />

  37. May 17, 2010 at 02:20

    This was an amazing challenge! Thanks for the opportunity!<br /><br />Definitely had fun showing my roommate the sweet side of raw food!<br /><br />Check out my garam masala ice cream cake:<br /><br />

  38. May 17, 2010 at 03:16

    here's my pearberry bliss ice cream cake!=)<br /><br />

  39. May 17, 2010 at 23:51

    You guys are amazing, I LOVE ALL the cakes! :)

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