The tradition of uniformed servers parading flaming Baked Alaska during a dining room parade (see video below), while dining cruise ship passengers twirl their napkins in the air, has returned to Carnival cruise ships. Carnival discontinued the Baked Alaska Parade much to the disappointment of well-seasoned cruisers.
The Baked Alaska Parade has been a part of cruise industry history and has been widely practiced by most cruise lines.
Carnival announced November 29, “As part of its ongoing effort to keep its culinary offerings fresh and exciting for its guests, Carnival Cruise Line is revamping the menus for several of its specialty dining venues and reintroducing Baked Alaska across the fleet.”
The Carnival website posted, “Baked Alaska – a classic dessert made of cake and ice cream topped with merengue – is also being reintroduced after several years with uniformed waiters performing the time-honored tradition of parading the tasty confection throughout the dining room prior to service.”
“It was a tradition for many years, and then we discontinued it for awhile, and then we brought it back after feedback from our guests.”, Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said.
Baked Alaska Recipe
1 quart any flavored premium ice cream, softened
1 (10.75-ounce) frozen pound cake
4 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup sugar
Line a 9 x 5 x 2 1/2-inch metal loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving overhang. Spoon ice cream into prepared pan, spreading evenly and smoothing top.
Cut cake horizontally in half. Arrange 1 cake piece, cut side down, atop ice cream and against one corner of pan. Cut remaining cake piece into strips and arrange in pan to cover ice cream completely. Cover with overhanging plastic and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.
Uncover cake. Invert onto metal or other ovenproof platter. Freeze while preparing meringue. Beat egg whites in large bowl until foamy. Add cream of tartar. Beat until soft peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Spread meringue over cake, covering cake completely and sealing meringue to platter.
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 500*F (260*C) for 20 minutes before using. Bake dessert until meringue is lightly browned and just set, about 3 minutes.
Cut baked Alaska into slices; arrange on plates. Serve immediately.
Note: To serve ablaze, pour bit of lemon extract on 3 sugar cubes; set atop meringue; light; carefully carry to table. (Use caution with this presentation!)
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Video: Baked Alaska Parade