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Why I love this baked Alaska recipe

With everything that’s going on in the world right now, we have no clue what the holidays will look like this year.

The one thing I do know is that I want to make them special for our family, which means, making something extra-special for dessert.

These baked Alaska cupcakes are perfect because they’re a little bit fancier than what I would normally make for the holidays. Which means they take a little more effort, but that effort is totally worth it.

They’re a beautiful dessert, and the kids will never expect to find ice cream in their cupcakes. Plus, the recipe only makes 6 cupcakes, which is especially perfect for this crazy year.

overhead image of baked alaska cupcakes with toasted meringue and a pint of Hudsonville cherry fudge ice cream

What is baked Alaska?

Baked Alaska is a dessert that consists of cake topped with ice cream, then the whole thing is covered in meringue.  It is traditionally broiled in the oven to toast the meringue, which is where it gets the ‘baked’ part of its name.

How does ice cream not melt in baked Alaska? As long as the ice cream is properly frozen, the meringue topping acts as an insulator and slows down the melting process when the meringue is baked or toasted.

To make ours dairy free, I used Hudsonville Ice Cream’s Dairy Free Cherry Fudge and made chocolate cupcakes using my basic yellow cake recipe as a guide.

a pint of Hudsonville Dairy Free ice cream in cherry fudge flavor

The BEST dairy free ice cream

This dairy free ice cream is seriously the best. It’s the creamiest, best-tasting ice cream we’ve tried – and we’ve tried a lot in our house.

If you’re looking for some, be sure to use Hudsonville’s Scoop Locator to find a pint near you, and don’t forget to grab this awesome coupon for $2 off your favorite flavor while you’re at it so you can stock your freezer, too.

If you can’t find Hudsonville in a store near you, check out their new online store so you can make any moment, any day or any season a little sweeter, no matter where you live.

Plus, they stock awesome Hudsonville merch, like shirts and ice cream spades!

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

how to make baked Alaska with cupcakes

How to make baked Alaska cupcakes

Mix the cake batter.

Start by preheating your oven to 350˚F and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together. Stir to combine. Then add the oil, oat milk, egg and vanilla extract. Stir or whisk together until smooth.

Bake the cupcakes.

Divide the batter between 6 cupcake liners. They should be about halfway full. Bake the cupcakes for 18 – 20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them rest until they’re cool enough to handle. Next, cut off the tops of the cupcakes to create a flat surface, leaving a little bit of space between the top and the cupcake liner.

Scoop the ice cream.

Top each cupcake with one scoop of Hudsonville Ice Cream’s Dairy Free Cherry Fudge – or try using one of their other awesome flavors.

You’ll want to make sure you leave a little space between the scoop of ice cream and the edge of the cupcake so the meringue topping has somewhere to go.

Place the cupcakes with ice cream back in the freezer to make sure the scoops are extra cold and frozen before topping with meringue.

Make the meringue.

In a double boiler – or a heatproof bowl over a saucepan with about 1-inch of boiling water – heat the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar. Heat to 160˚F, stirring constantly to prevent sticking.

With an electric mixer, beat the egg white mixture at a high speed for about 5 minutes, or until soft peaks have formed. If the meringue hasn’t cooled completely, let it rest, and then transfer it to a piping bag.

Pipe or spoon the meringue onto the cupcakes, being sure to cover the ice cream completely.

Toast the baked Alaskas.

You can do this one of two ways, in the oven or with a kitchen torch. I prefer a torch because it’s easier and there’s less of a chance that the ice cream will melt.

If you want to use a kitchen torch, simply remove your cupcakes from the freezer and toast the meringue until golden brown. You can serve them immediately or allow them to rest for no more than 10 minutes to let the cake thaw a bit.

If you need or would prefer to use a broiler, place the frozen cupcakes under the broiler for about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them the whole time – leave the door cracked so you can really see what’s going on. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

cupcake with toasted marshmallow frosting

Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes, but I would recommend making everything in advance and assembling the cupcakes ahead of time. Hold off on adding the meringue and toasting though. Do this right before serving.

The meringue can be prepared ahead of time and stored in a pastry bag or air tight container. If needed, you can refreeze the baked Alaskas once the meringue is toasted.

FAQs about baked Alaska

How long does Baked Alaska keep?

You’ll want to serve baked Alaska right after toasting the meringue, or freeze the finished dessert (or leftovers) for up to 1 month.

How do you store leftover baked Alaska?

Since the meringue won’t freeze solid, you will want to make sure the baked Alaska has a decent amount of space to prevent the meringue from being crushed.

baked alaska cupcake sliced in half with a pint of Hudsonville Ice Cream behind it

More things to make with ice cream:

More dairy free desserts:

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Baked Alaska Cupcakes

Looking for something unique to serve this holiday season? Look no further than this mini baked Alaska recipe. Instead of a single, classic baked Alaska, this version of a traditional dessert makes it easy to serve individual portions. This baked Alaska cupcakes recipe features rich chocolate cake and dairy free ice cream topped with a delicate meringue frosting that’s toasted to perfection.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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For the cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup dairy free milk
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint Hudsonville Ice Cream’s Dairy Free Cherry Fudge

For the meringue:

  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Instructions

To make the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add in oil, milk, sugar, vanilla extract and egg. Whisk until the mixture is lump free and evenly mixed.
  4. Divide batter into prepared cupcake liners.
  5. Bake cupcakes for 18 – 20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  6. Cut off the domes of the cupcakes, leaving about 1/4-inch above the liner, to create a flat surface.
  7. Top each cupcake with a scoop of Hudsonville Ice Cream’s Dairy Free Cherry Fudge flavor. Freeze cupcakes like this for at least 1 hour, or until just before serving.

To make the meringue frosting:

  1. In a double boiler or a heatproof glass bowl over a saucepan with about 1″ of boiling water, combine egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar.
  2. Using a thermometer to monitor temperature, heat the mixture, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Continue stirring and heat until the mixture reaches 155-160˚F. Transfer the bowl of an electric mixer (or use a hand mixer).
  3. Beat the meringue mixture at a high speed for about 5 minutes, or until stiff peaks form and the mixture has cooled to room temp.
  4. Transfer meringue to a piping bag and completely cover ice cream scoop on each cupcake.
  5. Toast meringue with a kitchen torch or broil at 450˚F for about 4 minutes.

Notes

This recipe makes 6 cupcakes. The recipe is easily doubled and has been tested to ensure that it will work. Feel free to make a full dozen if you’re serving more than 6 people.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 359
  • Sugar: 38.9 g
  • Sodium: 105.9 mg
  • Fat: 14.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 54.2 g
  • Fiber: 3.8 g
  • Protein: 4.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 31 mg

Keywords: dairy free, ice cream, chocolate, meringue

Last Updated on November 12, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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