Strawberry Pavlova Recipe

Strawberry Pavlova is the perfect summer dessert. This light meringue cake is topped with Chantilly Cream, delicious Strawberry Sauce and fresh Strawberries.

Looking for more meringue desserts? Check out this Boccone Dolce, the most addictive Hazelnut Meringue Bombs, or this all-time party favoriteStrawberry Marshmallow Zefir.
 A slice of Pavlova topped with Strawberries on a white plate, with a fork next to it.

What is Pavlova?

Pavlova is a meringue dessert that is made with such simple ingredients as egg whites and sugar. Sometimes, cream of tartar and cornstarch is also used.

The meringue disk is baked only enough to crisp up the outside while leaving the inside marshmallowy and soft.

The most common toppings for this meringue dessert are lightly whipped cream and berries and passion fruit puree. In this Strawberry Pavlova Recipe, we will use strawberries.

A slice of Pavlova on a plate, with the whole cake in the background.

Many people have trouble with getting the meringue right so I am here to tell you all you need to know to get it right on the first time.

Perfect Pavlova Tips:

  1. Start with room temperature egg whites, they whip up better.
  2. Whip the egg whites and sugar until the meringue is very glossy and fluffy. Whip for at least the amount of time listed in the recipe. If you’re using a hand mixer increase the whipping time.
  3. Use parchment paper for easy removal of the cake from the baking surface.
  4. Dry the meringue on low temperature for the whitest meringue. The higher the temp the more yellow the meringue will be. If the convection setting is available, use it.
  5. Make the Pavlova base on the day you plan to serve it for best results.
  6. Do not overwhip the heavy whipping cream topping or it will be hard, instead of light and fluffy.

Strawberry Pavlova on a cake stand with one slice gone.

Can I make the Pavlova ahead of time?

The pavlova base can be made 1-2 days ahead and kept in an airtight container, or the oven with the light on. The meringue will not keep very well in high humidity.

Do not fill until ready to serve, for best results.

Now let’s get to the recipe! Hope you enjoy!

 

How to make Strawberry Pavlova

  • Make the meringue, transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour at 225F degrees.

Strawberry Topping in a glass with a spoon, surrounded by strawberries.

  • Whip the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract until soft peaks form.

  • Top the cooled pavlova with whipped cream, strawberry topping and cut up strawberries.

  • For best results serve immediately or within 1-2 hours. Refrigerate until ready to serve if not serving right away.

Strawberry Pavlova on a glass cake stand. View from the top.

Strawberry Pavlova

Strawberry Pavlova is the perfect summer dessert. Light as a cloud meringue cake is topped with delicious Chantily Cream, Strawberry Sauce and fresh Strawberry for the fresh burst of flavor.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: meringue cake, strawberry pavlova
Calories: 240 kcal
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 12

Ingredients

Pavlova Recipe

  • 6 egg whites, from large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar

Strawberry Sauce (will make more than needed for recipe)

  • 1/2 lb strawberries, rinsed, cut up into 4
  • 2.5 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Whipped Chantily Cream

  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Also

  • 2 cups strawberries cut into quarters

Instructions

How to make Strawberry Pavlova

  1. Whip meringue: In a large mixer bowl combine the egg whites, cream of tartar and sugar then whip for 15-20 minutes or until the meringue looks glossy, and has stiff peaks (whichever comes last).

  2. Prep: Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350F, with the baking rack in the middle. Using a pencil trace an 8-inch circle on a piece of parchment, turn it over and set over a baking sheet. Set aside.

  3. Transfer & Bake: Transfer the whipped meringue into the traced 8-inch circle on parchment, trying to stay within the edges. Transfer to the oven and reduce the heat to 225F. Bake for 1 hour. Then turn the heat off and allow to cool for 30 minutes before removing from the oven and allowing to cool completely.

  4. While the pavlova is baking make the Strawberry Sauce following the instructions HERE.

How to make the Chantily Cream

  1. Combine the whipping cream and vanilla extract in a bowl of mixer, then whip until soft peaks form.

Layer the Pavlova

  1. Carefully transfer the pavlova meringue to the serving platter. Top with the Chantily cream, then spread 1/2 cup of the Strawberry Sauce. Lastly, sprinkle with 2 cups of chopped, fresh strawberries.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Pavlova
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Potassium 139mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 32g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 8.7%
Vitamin C 24.3%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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