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Cherry Chocolate Pavlova Recipe – Meringue Dessert Cake

Cherry Chocolate Pavlova is a meringue dessert that’s made with crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy as a cloud inside the meringue disk, which is then topped with whipped cream and cherry sauce.

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Cherries are finally in season, and what better way to showcase the beauty of the plump little red jewels than to make this Cherry Chocolate Pavlova?

Guess what else is almost here? Father’s Day! Bring this beautiful dessert, share it with your dad, and wow, his socks off this holiday!

Chocolate Cherry Pavlova Slice - cake has marshmallowy texture on the inside.

What is a Pavlova?

It is a meringue dessert that was named in honor of the ballerina Anna Pavlova, who was visiting Australia or New Zealand in the 1920s. The cake is crispy on the outside and very soft and marshmallowy on the inside. Typically, it is topped with whipped cream and fruit.

Is Pavlova the same as Boccone Dolce?

No, it is not. Many people use the two names interchangeably, but the texture of the meringue cake is what makes it different.
The difference between Pavlova and Boccone Dolce is that Pavlova is soft on the inside, and Boccone Dolce is crispy all the way through. Pavlova has Australian roots, while Boccone Dolce has Italian.

Cherry Sauce Substitute

You can use canned and drained cherries, fresh cherries tossed with some sugar and rum, canned cherry pie filling, or just chopped fruits or berries in place of the cherry sauce.

Chocolate Cherry Pavlova - perfect Father's day Dessert

This Cherry Chocolate Pavlova recipe is super simple and easy to make. When people see the beautiful meringue cake, no one believes that it is as quick to make as it is!

All you have to do is whip the egg whites and sugar, mix in the chocolate and cornstarch then bake! After the cake has been baked and is cooling, you make the cherry sauce and whip the cream.

If you would rather not spend the time on making the cherry sauce, you can use drained canned cherries, or even fresh pitted cherries would do! It’s all up to you and how much time you want to spend on this.

Chocolate Pavlova Cake topped with Whipped Cream and Cherry Sauce

The amazing thing is, that you can make all three components (Pavlova Base, whipped cream, cherry sauce) of the cake ahead of time and do a quick 5-minute assembling session right before serving for the best flavor.

If you’re scared about working with meringue, read THIS post to learn about some do’s and don’ts when it comes to meringue desserts. Let the Baking Begin! You can do this!

Cherry Chocolate Pavlova Recipe

Yield: One 10-inch round cake (8 -10 servings)

Ingredients for Cherry Chocolate Pavlova

  • For best results, make sure to use room-temperature egg whites. Another important thing – ensure that there are no traces of grease on either the mixing bowl or in the egg whites (from the egg yolks). This might prevent you from having optimal results.
  • Also, use the best quality cocoa and chocolate you can find. There are not a lot of them in this recipe, but you will taste the difference in quality.

Ingredients for the Chocolate Pavlova

How to make a Cherry Chocolate Pavlova

  • Start by whipping the egg whites and sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer for about 15-20 minutes. Under-whipped meringue is the culprit in almost every batch of ruined meringue. So don’t try to rush the process.

Preparation of Meringue - combine egg whites and sugar, then whip until fluffy.

  • While the meringue is whipping, line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper. Place an 8-inch round plate or baking pan and trace around it with a marker. Turn the parchment paper over.

Tracing a circle around a salad plate

  • Now, sift in the cornstarch, cream of tartar, and cocoa powder and carefully fold everything in. Lastly, gently fold the chopped chocolate.

Chocolate Cherry Pavlova - preparation of Meringue, folding in the dry ingredients.

  • Spread the prepared Chocolate Meringue mixture within the drawn circle on the parchment paper. The meringue expands as it bakes to around 10 inches.
  • Place in the oven and immediately reduce heat to 225F. Bake for 1 hour, then turn off the heat, open the oven door slightly, and stick a wooden spoon in. Allow to cool in the oven for 30 minutes. Lastly, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Chocolate Pavlova is shaped and baked on parchment paper.

  • While the Pavlova disk is baking and cooling, make the Cherry Sauce and allow it to cool completely.

How to make Whipped Cream

  • Add the chilled heavy whipped cream to a bowl of a stand mixer and whip for a couple of minutes on medium speed until soft peaks form. Do not over-whip, or the cream will turn gritty or even separate.

Whipped Cream going from liquid to fluffy

How to assemble Cherry Chocolate Pavlova

  • Transfer the Pavlova cake to a serving platter using this Cake Lifter, or just gently slide it onto the serving platter. Spoon the whipped cream on top and spread it around.

Assembling the Chocolate Pavlova by spooning the whipped cream on top.

Assembled Cherry Chocolate Pavlova with the meringue disk, whipped cream and cherry sauce on top.

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Cherry Chocolate Pavlova

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Chocolate Cherry Pavlova is a meringue dessert that's made of crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy as a cloud inside meringue disk, which is then topped with whipped cream and cherry sauce.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: chocolate cherry pavlova, chocolate pavlova, pavlova, whipped cream
Calories: 451 kcal
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 8


Whipped Cream

  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (30% fat +) chilled

Cherry Sauce


  1. To a bowl of a mixer add 6 large egg whites 1 3/4 cup granulated sugarand 1/8 tsp kosher salt in a bowl of a mixer and whip on high speed of a stand mixer for about 15 minutes (it will take longer if using a hand-held mixer), or when the egg whites ball up around the whisk and the meringue is very glossy and thick.

  2. PrepP: Meanwhile, line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper and trace an 8-inch circle. Turn the paper over. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350F with the baking rack in the middle.

  3. Now, sift the 2 2/3 Tbsp cornstarch and 1 tsp cream of tartar into the egg whites and carefully fold them in. 

  4. Next, sift the 3 Tbsp cocoa powder and fold again. Lastly, add the chopped 1/4 cup chopped chocolate pieces (or chocolate chips) and fold. 

  5. Spread the chocolate meringue within the drawn circle. 

  6. Reduce heat to 225F and bake for 1 hour, then turn the heat off, stick a wooden spoon between the oven and the door and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Next, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. 

Cherry Sauce

  1. While the Pavlova Meringue disk is cooling follow the instructions HERE and make the Cherry Sauce


    In a saucepan combine 4 cups fresh or frozen cherries, 1/4 cup sugar, 1.5 tbsp corn starch , and 3/4 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Cook for about 1 minute after it comes to a boil.

    Take off heat. Add in 2 Tbsp Rum or Brandy and 1 Tbsp lemon juice and stir to combine. Cool completely.

How to make Whipped Cream

  1. While the Pavlova base is cooling make the Whipped Cream. Add the 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (30% fat +) to a bowl of a mixer and whip on medium until medium peaks form, about 3-4 minutes. Do not overwhip the cream or it will look curdled and separate. 

How to assemble the Chocolate Cherry Pavlova

  1. Transfer the Chocolate Pavlova to a serving dish using a cake transferring spatula or just slide it off the parchment paper onto the serving platter. 

  2. Top the pavlova with whipped cream. Then, layer the cherry sauce on top. 

Making Ahead

  1. To make ahead, bake the pavlova meringue disk up to a day ahead. Store in a dry place or leave in the oven until ready to use. Prepare the whipped cream and refrigerate. Right before serving, spoon the whipped cream, top with cherry sauce and serve. 

Recipe Notes

  • If you do not have cream of tartar, you can replace it with vinegar. Just add 1 tsp of vinegar into the egg whites as they're whipping, instead of folding them in after the egg whites are whipped.
Nutrition Facts
Cherry Chocolate Pavlova
Amount Per Serving
Calories 451 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 217mg6%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 62g69%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 715IU14%
Vitamin C 5.9mg7%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Cherry Pavlova is a meringue dessert that's made of crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy as a cloud inside meringue disk, which is then topped with whipped cream and cherry sauce.

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  • Peggy Herd

    Your directions do not include where to add the salt

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  • Mercedes Amaya

    Me encantan sus recetas

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  • Hello! Your recipe looks great & yummy but what if I want the inside to be more cooked? To be dry inside as it dry on the outside, is it possible? And if yes how much longer should I leave it in the oven?

    Thank you very much!

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    • Thank you so much!
      If you’d like the meringue cake to be dried all the way through, check this other meringue cake that I have that is made precisely the way you want. You can add the cherry filling to that other one if you’d like, as well.

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  • MrsSW

    Hi Marina, do the chocolate pieces melt or stay solid?


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