Baked Alaska


Baked Alaska

Recipe type: Yield: 8-12 servings Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

Baked Alaska is a delicious and impressive dessert for the holidays.


2 pint Vanilla ice cream – (bonus points if you find ice cream in the shape of a rectangle like Bryers)

1 lb Pound cake – frozen

5 egg white – at room temp (separate while still cold – way easier!)

1/4 C Sugar

1 T Meringue powder – (cream of tartar also works)


You can make this recipe as easy or as hard as you want. There are three components:

  • Vanilla ice cream

  • Pound cake

  • Meringue


Easiest Version: buy the pound cake, ice cream and meringue powder.

Hardest Version: make the pound cake, ice cream and a swiss meringue all from scratch.


  1. Make the meringue (the quick and easy way – if you want to be fancy, make a swiss meringue)
  2. Whip the egg whites until they are glossy and smooth
  3. Add the meringue powder or cream of tartar.
  4. Slowly add the sugar to the egg whites, beating until peaks form.
  6. Assemble
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Slice the pound cake into ½ slices, line the baking sheet with pound cake.
  9. Using a knife dipped in warm water, cut the ice cream out of the container, place on top of the pound cake slices.
  10. Cover the ice cream with the remaining slices of pound cake. You can tear slices into pieces to completely cover the ice cream. This is a fun activity to do with the kids!
  11. Using a spatula, spoon the meringue on top of the pound cake, completely covering the dome of ice cream and pound cake you just created. Have fun making swirls, peaks whatever you want!
  12. Freeze until just before serving.
  13. Using blowtorch (don’t involve the kids this time): lightly toast the meringue until a light golden brown.
  14. Using the oven: position the rack to allow room for the alaska. Preheat oven to broil, place in oven until the meringue is a light golden brown.
  15. Display for ooohs, ahhs and photos.
  16. Using a knife dipped in warm water, slice the cake and serve!

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