The History of Baked Alaska Thanks to Charles Ranhofer, chef at the famous Delmonico's restaurant in New York, for creating this spectacular cake to celebrate the United States purchase of Alaska from the Russians. Ranhofer is said to have invented it to commemorate Seward's purchase of Alaska in 1867. It was, at first, called Alaska-Florida Cake, but was soon changed to Baked Alaska. It is was supposedly later popularized worldwide by Jean Giroix, chef in 1895 at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. Please don't hesitate to refreeze if the ice cream starts to soften. The key to success for this recipe is to keep the ice cream as cold as possible and turn up the oven as high as it will go. Worried about Salmonella: Egg safety I’ve never had any trouble when making this because I took the precautions. Always purchase your eggs from a reputable source, a place you can trust with your life. PLEASE! Don't use eggs after the expiration date on the carton. But salmonella could sneak into some eggs, so just be cautious about serving young kids or the elderly or to people who have health problems. Do read through directions before making.