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Life List: Make a Baked Alaska with Jen – Check!

“I know you want to flambe. This will be very scary for me. I’m trying to find what looks like a dependable recipe. I’ve decided anyone who says ‘Walla!’ in place of ‘Voila!’ is not to be trusted.”

– Jen, in an email to me, discussing the details of our grand plan.

I’m not sure why I wanted to do a Baked Alaska; I didn’t know what a Baked Alaska even was when I added it to my Life List; there was only the vague notion that it was a dessert served with sparklers. I know why I wanted to make one with Jen, though: she is one of the coolest people in the world, and we have a long, successful history of  teaming up for large, ambitious projects (In 2002, we built an entertainment center from scratch after watching too many episodes of Trading Spaces. It was awesome.)

Jen made the foundation part of cake and ice cream earlier, and I whipped the egg whites for the meringue.

(She made my hair thing for me as a birthday present. It’s actually a necklace. This is my “sexy in the kitchen” face.)

Sparklers might have been prettier, but lighting 151 in a metal cup and then dumping it all over the thing was way more exciting.

At Micah‘s suggestion, we sliced it like a watermelon. There was some rum that escaped down the side of the meringue and got soaked up by the cake underneath without burning off first, so as you ate towards the edge, you got a few shocking, uber-boozy bites. This one was vanilla cake and chocolate ice cream; next time I’d like to try the reverse. If boozy vanilla cake was that good, chocolate cake soaking up 151 should be stellar.



  1. Heather

    6 March 2012 at 7:42 am

    Hi, Amber.
    I’m Heather.
    This year, I resolved to “lurke less” on the blogs I enjoy reading. So this is me…. coming out from behind the “reader curtain” to say HELLO! I like your blog & I think you are quite swell.

    I found you via – wait for it – the because show! hooooooooray!

    I’ve never tried a baked alaska but it looks like you ladies did a GREAT JOB. I agree that a switch-er-roo of chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream would be awesome. Also – RUM ICE CREAM with the 151 would be an interesting take, too! I may have to give one of these a try at some point.

    Thanks so much for sharing your adventures here – large and small and medium, too. I think you are awesome and I am grateful to have found you. YOU ROCK!

  2. Amy

    6 March 2012 at 11:03 am

    Making Baked Alaska is on my Life List, too! WHEE! I totally want to try it now—this is newly motivating 🙂

  3. Jen

    6 March 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I’m pretty glad we’re friends 🙂

  4. Laurie

    6 March 2012 at 3:28 pm

    This looks like so much fun, Amber — glad you did it.

  5. Stu!

    6 March 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I have concluded that next time there is flaming dessert, I will call out sick from work. It looks amazing!

  6. Kizz

    7 March 2012 at 1:54 pm

    That looks so cool.

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