Baked Alaska-licious!
Makes 6 small desserts or 1 large dessert.
  • 1 9-inch round yellow cake
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen wild blueberries
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • Juice and zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups superfine sugar (Baker's sugar)
  1. In a large saucepan on medium heat, stir together the berries, sugar, and lemon. Bring to a low boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool until lukewarm.
  2. Add the cream, milk, and vanilla, stirring well. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Make ice cream according to your machine's instructions. (If you have a small ice cream maker, you may need to make this in 2 batches.) While the ice cream is churning, prepare molds:
  4. To make single serving desserts, use a jumbo cupcake pan, lining 6 cavities with plastic wrap.
  5. To make a large dessert (using a double batch of ice cream (or a 1-3/4 quart container of store bought ice cream) line a medium bowl (about 8 inches across) with foil or plastic wrap, smoothing the liner as much as possible.
  6. Scoop churned ice cream into mold(s) and freeze until solid - at least 3 hours.
  8. Using a squeaky clean bowl and beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Sprinkle the cream of tartar over the egg whites and beat until soft peaks form. With mixer on medium, slowly drizzle the sugar into the egg whites, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides. Don't rush this! When all of the sugar has been added, turn up speed to medium high and beat until firm peaks form. The meringue needs to be firm; sloppy meringue will just slide off the ice cream. But don't go past firm peak stage or the egg whites might collapse.
  9. For single serving desserts, cut 3 circles of cake the same size as the jumbo cupcake cavities. Slice each horizontally to make four thinner rounds. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Turn 1 molded ice cream onto each cake round and peel off the plastic.
  10. For a large dessert, place the 9 inch cake onto a round of parchment on a baking sheet. Flip the ice cream out onto the cake and remove the plastic or foil. Cut away any excess cake around the bottom with a sharp knife.
  11. Spread meringue over dessert(s), covering completely, and swirl with a knife.
  12. Return to freezer until ready to serve, up to 2 days.
  13. Heat oven to 450 F.
  14. Place baked Alaska(s) in the oven and bake for approximately 5 minutes, turning once for even browning. Watch them closely - oven temperatures vary. You want the meringue to turn golden with dark brown peaks.
  15. Serve! Slide a large dessert (on its parchment round) onto a serving platter. Lift small desserts with a spatula and serve on dessert plates. The large dessert may need to sit for a few minutes to soften before serving, but the individual size desserts will be ready to go. Expect the meringue to be crusty on the outside and a little creamy on the inside.
Recipe by The Rowdy Baker at