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Chocolate Baked Alaska

Servings: 10-12
1 package (about 8 oz.) yellow cake mix (1-layer size)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup water, divided
1 bar (1 oz.) Hershey's Unsweetened Baking Chocolate, melted
1 egg
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups (1 qt.) strawberry ice cream, or favorite flavor
Meringue (recipe follows)

1. Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). 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. Prepare MERINGUE. Heat oven to 450°F (230 C). 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.

Makes 10 to 12 servings.

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.

Source: Hersheys.com
Date: April 5, 2002