At first glance, this cake may look like a giant snowball, but tap under that thick layer of toasted meringue and you've struck gold-ice cream encased in tender pound cake.
Why This Recipe Works
Baked Alaska is a clever combination of hot and cold—toasted meringue encircling frozen ice cream—but it’s also a restaurant staple that’s not often recreated in home kitchens. We wanted a Baked Alaska recipe that was foolproof for the home cook, so we bought a prebaked frozen pound cake and softened some high-quality ice cream to make this recipe especially easy. We inverted the cake on an ovenproof platter, where we could brown the sturdy Italian meringue and serve immediately without the need to replate.