Baked Alaska Cupcakes

Recipe Courtesy of Lasheeda Perry

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyMedium
3 large egg whites
100g granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon fine salt
6 vanilla cupcakes in foil liners, chilled
110g ice cream, softened
30 edible flower petals, optional
  1.  Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a saucepan that can hold a heatproof stand mixer’s bowl above the water, but not touching the water. 
  2. Whisk the egg whites, sugar, vanilla and salt in the stand mixer bowl. Set the bowl above the boiling water and continue to whisk constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the egg whites are slightly frothy, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat at medium-high speed until the meringue is cool and can hold very stiff peaks, about 6 minutes.   
  3. Transfer the meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a medium round piping tip.  
  4. Meanwhile, using a 1 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, punch out the center of the chilled cupcakes. Make sure to keep the bottom of the cupcake intact, removing only the middle. Reserve the cake rounds you punch out.  
  5. Fill the cupcake cavities with ice cream. Cover the ice cream with the reserved cake rounds. Place the cupcakes in the freezer.  
  6. Pipe teardrops of meringue all over the cupcakes. Freeze the cupcakes for at least 1 hour.   
  7. Preheat the oven to 260 degrees C and position a rack in the center of the oven. Place the cupcakes on a baking sheet. Place on the middle rack and bake until the meringue is browned and toasted, 5 to 6 minutes.   
  8. Decorate the cupcakes with the flower petals; serve within about 5 minutes.