Centennial Chocolate Baked Alaska

Yellow cake from a mix is flavored with chocolate and topped with a dome of strawberry ice cream and a golden coating of meringue in this many layered dessert.

Centennial Chocolate Baked Alaska


  • 1 (9 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 (1 ounce) square HERSHEY®’S Unsweetened Baking Chocolate, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 quart strawberry ice cream
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder
  • 1/2 cup white sugar, divided


1 Heat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour 8-inch round pan. In medium bowl, stir together cake mix and sugar; add 1/3 cup water, melted chocolate and egg, beating until blended. Add oil and remaining 1/4 cup water; beat until smooth and well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Cover; freeze until firm.

2 Meanwhile, line 2-1/2 quart dome-shaped bowl with foil. Soften ice cream and pack evenly into prepared bowl. Cover; freeze until firm.

3 MERINGUE: In large bowl, stir together 1/2 cup cold water, 1 tablespoon meringue powder and 1/4 cup sugar. Beat 5 minutes until blended; gradually add additional 1/4 cup sugar, beating until meringue is stiff and dry. Use immediately.

4 Heat oven to 450 F. Cover wooden board or cookie sheet with foil. Center frozen cake layer on foil; invert and unmold ice cream onto top. Peel off foil from ice cream. Spread meringue evenly over entire surface, covering holes and sealing edges down to foil. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or just until lightly browned. Remove from oven; serve immediately. Or, cover with cake saver lid (not foil or plastic wrap) and immediately return to freezer; serve frozen.


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