Rainbow Baked Alaska 

Brighten up your summer festivities with a spectacular Rainbow Baked Alaska! This delightful dessert features vibrant layers of fruit sorbets encased in a fluffy meringue topping, all resting on a soft bed of pound cake. It’s a visually stunning treat that’s sure to impress at any gathering.



  • Red Sorbet: 1 pint
  • Orange Sorbet: 1 pint
  • Yellow Sorbet: 1 pint
  • Green Sorbet: 1 pint
  • Purple Sorbet: 1 pint


  • Frozen Pound Cake: 1, defrosted


  • Egg Whites: 4, room temperature
  • Cream of Tartar: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Superfine Sugar: 1 cup
  • Salt: A pinch
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon


  1. Prepare the Sorbets and Cake:
    • Soften the sorbets at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
    • Slice the pound cake into even 1/2-inch slices.
  2. Layer the Sorbets:
    • In a large bowl suitable for serving, layer the sorbets one color at a time, smoothing each layer before adding the next.
  3. Prepare the Meringue:
    • In a clean mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy.
    • Gradually add the sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form.
    • Mix in a pinch of salt and the vanilla extract until the meringue is glossy and holds stiff peaks.
  4. Assemble the Baked Alaska:
    • Cover the sorbet layers with the pound cake slices, trimming as necessary to fit.
    • Spread the meringue over the entire assembly, ensuring to seal the edges at the base.
    • Use a spatula to create decorative peaks and swirls in the meringue.
  5. Bake:
    • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
    • Bake the Baked Alaska for 4-5 minutes or until the meringue is lightly golden.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve immediately, slicing carefully to showcase the rainbow layers of sorbet.

Preparation Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12

Baking Tips:

  • Ensure all ingredients, especially the egg whites, are at room temperature to achieve the best volume for the meringue.
  • For a more dramatic finish, briefly torch the meringue with a kitchen torch instead of baking.
  • Serve immediately after browning the meringue to prevent the sorbet from melting.

Conclusion: This Rainbow Baked Alaska is not just a dessert, it’s a festive experience, combining the coolness of sorbet with the sweet, toasted flavor of meringue. Perfect for any celebration, this dessert is sure to bring joy and a burst of color to your table. Enjoy creating and serving this eye-catching treat!

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