Baked Alaska is the holy trinity of desserts. It contains cake, ice cream, and meringue. Please excuse me as I wipe the drool trickling out of my mouth. I realize this dessert sounds ambitious as hell, but in reality, all you do is bake a cake, plop ice cream on top, and cover the whole thing with meringue. It is perfect for any special occasion and is sure to impress.

A bonus is that the cake is tie-dyed and uses better-for-you ingredients. I use mostly white whole wheat flour, but you can use 4 cups of all-purpose flour rather than the 1 cup all-purpose/3 cups whole wheat combo. This will make the cake fluffier and the tie-dye colors brighter. But it will take away the benefits of the whole grains.

Since the cake uses oil instead of butter, you can make this Baked Alaska 100% dairy-free by using coconut milk or almond milk ice cream. In other words, you can eat this for breakfast. You’re welcome.

Baked Alaska

  • Prep Time:6 hours
  • Cook Time:1 hour and 5 minutes
  • Total Time:7 hours and 5 minutes
  • Servings:8
  • Medium

    Ingredients

  • 3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cup milk (I use almond)
  • 1/2 cup neutral tasting oil (refined coconut oil, canola, vegetable, etc.)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon almond extract (or if you don't have this, just use more vanilla extract in place)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 types of food coloring
  • 1 gallon ice cream, softened
  • 6 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar (if you don't have it, it's okay)

Step 1

Put the entire gallon of softened ice cream into a bowl. The bowl should be the same diameter as the 10-inch circular springform pan you’ll be baking the cake in. Then, cover the bowl with saran wrap and put back in the freezer. Let freeze for 6 hours.

Photo by Brooke Daly
Photo by Brooke Daly

Step 2

Preheat your oven to 350°F. My oven says 325°F because it’s convection.

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Photo by Brooke Daly

Step 3

Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and set aside.

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Photo by Brooke Daly

Step 4

In a separate bowl add the milk, oil, 1 cup sugar, mashed banana, extracts, and eggs, then whisk them together.

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Photo by Brooke Daly

Step 5

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat together until combined.

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Photo by Brooke Daly

Step 6

Pour about 1 1/2 cups of batter into three separate bowls. Make sure there is still some batter left in the bowl. Then add food coloring to each of the three bowls and mix together.

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Photo by Brooke Daly

Step 7

Add the plain colored batter to a greased 10-inch springform pan.

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Photo by Brooke Daly

Step 8

Now add a dollop of each color into the pan, take a toothpick, and drag the toothpick through the batter to swirl the colors. Repeat this process until all the batter is gone.

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Photo by Brooke Daly

Step 9

Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 5 to 10 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the middle.

Step 10

After it’s finished baking, place it on a cooling rack and let cool for at least half an hour. You can take the cake out of the pan once it is cool enough.

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Photo by Brooke Daly

Step 11

To make the meringue, simply put the egg whites and cream of tartar into a large metal bowl and use an electric beater to whip them. Whip until you achieve soft peaks like in the photo below.

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Photo by Brooke Daly

Step 12

Now add the sugar and whip for around 5 minutes until you reach stiff peaks (like in the photo below) and the meringue looks glossy.

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Photo by Brooke Daly

Step 13

Level your cake if the top of it is uneven. Then, take the bowl of ice cream out of the freezer and carefully spoon out the ice cream from the bowl onto the top of the cake, with the flat part of the ice cream touching the cake. Then quickly coat the entire cake/ice cream in meringue.

Step 14

Lastly, take a lighter (or blowtorch) and hold it over the meringue so it browns. And voila! The hard work is finished and now you can devour the Baked Alaska. Or, you can get super fancy and pour some liquor over the cake, light it on fire, and flambé it. Either way, it tastes (and looks) amazing.

Photo by Brooke Daly
Photo by Brooke Daly