Gallery: Behind the Scenes: Making (and Setting Fire to) DBGB's Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska for Two
Baked Alaska for Two

DBGB serves a beautiful rendition of the classic Baked Alaska.

Building the Baked Alaska
Building the Baked Alaska

Molds are crucial to the construction of this dessert. Vanilla ice cream is taken straight from the freezer and s piped into DBGB's Baked Alaska mold.

Building the Baked Alaska
Building the Baked Alaska

A trench is hollowed out to be filled with the other ice creams.

Building the Baked Alaska
Building the Baked Alaska

The pistachio ice cream and raspberry sorbet have already been frozen in their own mold. This mold is run under warm water so the ice cream can be easily popped out and....

Building the Baked Alaska
Building the Baked Alaska

...pushed into the trough of the freshly piped vanilla ice cream.

Building the Baked Alaska
Building the Baked Alaska

More vanilla ice cream to fill up the edges! This vanilla-pistachio-raspberry combo is then sent to the freezer to harden.

Building the Baked Alaska
Building the Baked Alaska

Once that hardens, it's run under hot water again...

Building the Baked Alaska
Building the Baked Alaska

...and deposited atop a thin layer of sponge cake

Building the Baked Alaska
Building the Baked Alaska

The whole thing is encased in sponge cake...

Building the Baked Alaska
Building the Baked Alaska

...which is thoroughly saturated with sugar water.

The meringue
The meringue

To make the meringue topping, the egg whites get a good beating. Sugar and a bit of egg yolk are then added to the meringue as well.

Piping the meringue
Piping the meringue

The "log" of cake-covered ice cream is intricately decorated with swirls of meringue

Piping the meringue
Piping the meringue

Voila! It's ready for another trip to the freezer...

Now comes the fun part....
Now comes the fun part....
Initial torching
Initial torching

Once re-re-re frozen, a two-person portion is sliced off of the log, and the meringue is given a quick toasting to turn the edges golden brown.

Redy... set... FIRE!
Redy... set... FIRE!

When the Baked Alaska arrives at the table it is doused with a shot of kirsch and set aflame. They warm the kirsch slightly to help it catch fire, but not so much that the alcohol is preemptively burned off.