That is a Baked Alaska Flambé after the fire has been put out. For my son Will’s birthday he asked for this instead of a birthday cake. Baked Alaska is very easy to make. It is also very dramatic and delicious. This is one of those recipes that I learned from my mother.
To serve eight people I whipped up a meringue of 11 egg whites – I go light on the sugar for this recipe since there is ice cream and sprinkles to sweeten it. The yokes got saved to make a Hollandaise sauce for the broccoli and baked ham. You can also use extra yokes in the sponge cakes. Place one single serving sponge cake for each person on a cookie tray spaced about 3″ apart. Scoop a dollop of ice cream into each sponge cake. Cover liberally with meringue so the cake and ice cream are well insulated. I make a slight depression in the top to contain some of the flaming liquor Have a 2 year old shower the deserts with colored sprinkles or jimmies. If you don’t have a 2 year old available some adults will work for this process.
Set the oven on broil and put the cookie trays in on the top shelf. The goal is to cook and brown the meringue. The meringue insulates the ice cream so it does not melt. Note that you can make these up ahead of time, put them in the freezer and then when the moment is right, pop them into the oven for the baking. It only takes a couple of minutes for the Baked Alaskas to brown – watch them carefully with the oven door open!
So you want them Flambéed? While they are cooking in the oven, put some rum, brandy or your favorite flavored high alcohol content beverage into a sauce pan and set it warming on a burner on medium. The goal is to warm the alcohol so it is very volatile but not to boil off the flammable alcohol. After you pull the browned deserts out of the oven, put them on china plates, I don’t use plastic for flammability reasons. Turn down the illumination and light the pan of alcohol. While singing “Happy Birthday” pour the flaming alcohol over each person’s Baked Alaska. This is very dramatic and a real party delight. Brownie points if you don’t light the house on fire or injure any of your guests.
Note to abstainers, by the time the flames burn out, if properly done, there is almost no alcohol left on the desert.
Usual disclaimers apply: don’t try this at home, use only under adult supervision, no walking on the grass, void where prohibited, keep favorite body parts inside the moving vehicle, no feeding your hands to the bears.