Coconut Rum Meringue Baked Alaska

May 20, 2013
1 Ratings
Photo by Ghirardelli®
  • Serves 12 very generously
Author Notes

The raison d’etre of Baked Alaska is the contrast between the cold, smooth ice cream within and the hot chewy, marshmallowy meringue without. This novel dessert is achieved by insulating the ice cream with sponge cake beneath and meringue everywhere else, and then quickly browning the meringue in a hot oven, then serving right away with or without flames.

The dessert was traditionally made with vanilla ice cream but I’ve always preferred coffee or lemon until someone recently suggested coconut, and I was hooked. Last but not least, coconut and rum is a food combination for the gods. If you can’t find coconut ice cream, just fold 1/ 2 cup (or more to taste) sweetened, shredded coconut and a bit of coconut extract if you have it on hand into softened vanilla ice cream. Just be sure to refreeze before continuing.

Everyone adores Baked Alaska. Add coconut and dark rum and it’s irresistible. —Gail Monaghan

What You'll Need
  • Baked Alaska
  • 1 round yellow or white cake layer
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons sweet and shredded coconut
  • 8 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 pints best quality coconut ice cream
  • Cake Layer
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  1. Baked Alaska
  2. Bake and cool the cake layer. Wrap well. This may be done a day or two ahead or up to 4 weeks ahead and frozen.
  3. Soften the ice cream and freeze in a metal bowl with a diameter an inch or two smaller than the cake layer. Cover the ice cream with foil and then foil and freeze until very hard, preferably at least 6 hours and up to 4 weeks.
  4. When ready to serve. Preheat the oven to 450F or 500F.
  5. Place the room temperature egg whites and the salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. With the whisk in place, mix on low speed until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and mix on medium speed until soft peaks form. While mixing add the sugar in a slow steady stream and raise the speed to high. Beat until the egg whites are stiff but not dry. Add the vanilla extract and mix the blend.
  6. Place the frozen cake on a heatproof oval platter large enough to hold it. Drizzle with dark rum if using and sprinkle with sweetened and shredded coconut.
  7. Unmold the ice cream and place on top of the cake making sure the cake border is even all around the ice cream. Using a spatula, decoratively swirl ALL the meringue over the cake and ice cream, running the meringue down to the platter. Make sure the cake and ice cream are completely sealed in by the meringue.
  8. Sprinkle the last two tablespoons of sugar over the meringue and IMMEDIATELY place in the upper third of the oven. Cook until lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes. Watch carefully as not to burn. Serve immediately before the ice cream melts.
  1. Cake Layer
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter, flour and line 2 10-inch cake pans.
  3. Stir dry ingredients together and set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla. Beat well, then add dry ingredients and beat just until combined.
  6. Divide batter between two 10-inch cake pans and bake just until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean.
  7. Cool ten minutes and then invert onto a rack and cool completely.
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9 Reviews

Terri May 26, 2016
Gorgeous. Do you assemble this with the cake layer frozen? I was planning to torch the meringue rather than bake it. The cake will still be frozen though. Will it work? Thanks.
JaneMiami May 23, 2013
This looks beautiful! How much butter in the cake layer? Can't wait to make this.
Gail M. May 27, 2013
2 sticks unsalted butter! But it makes two cake layers in case you want to cut the cake layer portion in half.
Bevi May 21, 2013
What a masterpiece!
Gail M. May 23, 2013
Thank you!
indieculinary May 21, 2013
Gorgeous photo! I keep meaning to do a Baked Alaska. Maybe I'll try this one the next time we have guests.
Gail M. May 23, 2013
Do let me know how it comes out-- feel free to tweet me @GailMonaghanNYC if you need any help. :)
Vivian H. May 20, 2013
That's so beautiful, I just had to come to the page to admire. Sorta outta my league (or attention span) for baking, but gorgeous enough to try. . . thanks
Gail M. May 23, 2013
Haha, I felt the same when I first started. But the Baked Alaska becomes addictive to make after a while-- all the fluffy goodness, and who doesn't love ice cream? You can always substitute the type you like in; cookies and cream, butter pecan, coffee, etc.