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Very Berry Pavlova Recipe

A step-by-step guide to master the pavlova; a simple and beautiful special occasion cake from @natashaskitchen

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My husband and I have been married 11 years this month. Time, slow down! This is a very special anniversary for us. Our first child is 5 and will be starting school this year. We didn’t go out of town to celebrate but we did go out to our favorite fancy restaurant and then shared dessert at home.

If you want to surprise your spouse and make dessert extra special, you should try this loaded berry pavlova. It’s light, airy and filled with all the best summer berries. It is crisp on the outside and marshmallowy soft inside. A sweet end to a sweet day!

Let me start out by saying the pavlova is EASY. Meringue is neither complicated or time consuming. It takes some time to bake/dry out in the oven, but your oven does all of the work.

I’ll be sharing all of my tips on getting the correct consistency and provide step-by-step photos of the process to give you confidence to re-create the recipe or make your own variation at home
A step-by-step guide to master the pavlova; a simple and beautiful special occasion cake from @natashaskitchen

Ingredients for Pavlova:

6 egg whites, room temperature (*see tip 1 below)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp corn starch
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for Frosting:

1 1/2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp granulated sugar

Ingredients for Topping:

4-5 cups fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, small strawberries, blackberries..) ** see tip 2 below
1-2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced

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*Tip 1: Pavlova eggs will beat best when they are at room temperature. If you forget this step, place un-cracked eggs in warm water for 15 minutes to bring them to room temp.
**Tip 2: Keep berries dry and chilled prior to use.

How to Make a Berry Pavlova:

Preheat the Oven to 250˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

1. Using the whisk attachment on your stand mixer, beat 6 egg whites and 1 1/2 cups sugar for 6 to 7 minutes on high speed, or until stiff peaks form. The mixture will be smooth and glossy.

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2. Add 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract and 2 tsp corn starch and continue mixing another 15 seconds or until well blended. Transfer immediately to a large sheet of parchment paper and use spatula to form a 10″ round ring, making a deep indent in the center to accommodate the cream and berries later. The center will rise so make a substantial well in the center.

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3. Bake at 250˚F for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Then turn off the oven and with door closed, let it sit inside the oven another 1 hour until cooled. You can keep it in the oven longer to cool since the oven will be off and you might have dinner plans ;). Remove pavlova from oven and let cool completely to room temp then cover and let stand in a dry, room temp room up to 2 days or assemble and serve right away.

How to Make the Topping:

1. Beat 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream with 2 Tbsp sugar on high speed 2-3 minutes or until frosting is stiff and spreadable but don’t over beat or it will become buttery. (note: you can make cream ahead of time, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use).

2. Just before serving, spread whipped cream over the pavlova and top with plenty of your favorite berries. Refrigerate leftovers. It’s best served right away.

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A step-by-step guide to master the pavlova; a simple and beautiful special occasion cake from @natashaskitchen

Very Berry Pavlova Recipe

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A step-by-step guide to master the pavlova; a simple and beautiful special occasion cake from @natashaskitchen
This pavlova is light, airy and filled with all the best summer berries. A sweet end to a sweet day! Meringue is neither complicated or time consuming. It takes some time to bake/dry out in the oven, but your oven does all of the work. It is crisp on the outside and marshmallowy soft inside.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy/Medium

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites room temperature (*see tip 1)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4-5 cups fresh berries blueberries, raspberries, small strawberries, blackberries..** see tip 2
  • 1-2 kiwi fruit peeled and sliced

Instructions

How to Make a Berry Pavlova:

  1. Preheat the Oven to 250˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using the whisk attachment on your stand mixer, beat 6 egg whites and 1 1/2 cups sugar for 6 to 7 minutes on high speed, or until stiff peaks form. The mixture will be smooth and glossy.
  3. Add 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract and 2 tsp corn starch and continue mixing another 15 seconds or until well blended.
  4. Transfer immediately to a large sheet of parchment paper and use spatula to form a 10" round ring, making a deep indent in the center to accommodate the cream and berries later. The center will rise so make a substantial well in the center.
  5. Bake at 250˚F for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Then turn off the oven and with door closed, let it sit inside the oven another 1 hour until cooled. You can keep it in the oven longer to cool since the oven will be off and you might have dinner plans ;). Remove pavlova from oven and let cool completely to room temp then cover and and let stand in a dry, room temp room up to 2 days or assemble and serve right away.

How to Make the Topping:

  1. Beat 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream with 2 Tbsp sugar on high speed 2-3 minutes or until frosting is stiff and spreadable but don't over beat or it will become buttery. (note: you can make cream ahead of time, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use).
  2. Just before serving, spread whipped cream over the pavlova and top with plenty of your favorite berries. Refrigerate leftovers. It's best served right away.

Recipe Notes

*Tip 1: Pavolva eggs will beat best when they are at room temperature. If you forget this step, place un-cracked eggs in warm water for 15 minutes to bring them to room temp.
**Tip 2: Keep berries dry and chilled prior to use.

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A step-by-step guide to master the pavlova; a simple and beautiful special occasion cake from @natashaskitchen

I hope you love this easy and wonderful Berry Pavlova Recipe!! 🙂

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  • August 24, 2014

    We just got back from vacation so I need to hit the grocery store before I can make this – but it looks lovely! I can’t wait to dazzle my family with it, loaded down with all the fresh berries. This is my favorite time of year for the berries, tomatoes, cucumbers, and corn!

    My favorite dessert is a well prepared chocolate mousse. Preferably with lots of good berries. 🙂 Reply

  • Stacy
    August 23, 2014

    Out of all your desserts I’ve tried, I love the bird’s milk recipe. It’s simple to make and very delicious. Perfect for potlucks or family get-togethers. Reply

  • Marina
    August 23, 2014

    Your pavlova looks beautiful. Unfortunately mine did not turn out that way. I followed your instructions to the letter but when I took it out of the oven after sitting for an hour with the heat off, it was cracked all over. What did I do wrong?

    Was it cracked before or after transferring it from the pan? It helps to wait to transfer it when it’s fully cooled to room temp. – Natasha Reply

    • Marina
      August 24, 2014

      The pavlova was cracked when I opened the oven door to take it out. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        August 24, 2014

        I haven’t had that experience but I’d love to help troubleshot the problem. Did you do anything else differently? Were your eggs large? Were they at room temp? Did you maybe underbeat the mixture? Reply

  • Kristy
    August 23, 2014

    This looks amazing!!!! I love brownies and ice cream mostly! 🙂 Reply

  • Oksana
    August 23, 2014

    Chocolate Spartak cake is my go to dessert, but this looks delicious! Reply

  • Cheryl
    August 23, 2014

    My husband makes a killer chocolate cake and my daughter frosts it with cocoa mocha frosting that her great aunt taught her to make. Reply

  • Cindy
    August 23, 2014

    Plain cheesecake. Reply

  • Rebecca
    August 22, 2014

    My favorite dessert it’s cheesecake! Reply

  • Natalya
    August 22, 2014

    Hi Natasha –
    Made yestorday, and my pavlova in center поламался 🙁 what wrong i did?
    Thanks

    Did you do anything differently? Did you dry it out the same amount of time? It’s normal for it to cave in a little bit in the center under he weight of the whipped cream. Try to put the cream on in dollops rather than all at once in the center. Hope that helps! 🙂 – Natasha  Reply

  • Ashley H
    August 22, 2014

    I love chocolate cream pie! Reply

  • Anna
    August 22, 2014

    Sour cream + brown sugar over berries

    -I can totally imagine that. We used to put sour cream sprinkled with sugar over bread and just ate it that way. So yummy! – Natasha  Reply

  • Shirley
    August 22, 2014

    My favorite dessert is coconut cream pie! Reply

  • Dandi D
    August 21, 2014
  • Dandi D
    August 21, 2014

    My favorite dessert is probably ice cream with peanut butter on it. Reply

  • Amy L
    August 21, 2014

    My favorite dessert is tiramisu. YUM! Reply

  • Oksana
    August 21, 2014

    I’d have to say bird’s milk cake. Or a simple root beer float. Always does the trick on a hot evening. I’ll be trying this recipe too. Tonight maybe. Looks yummy. Thanks for the recipe Reply

  • Irina
    August 21, 2014

    My favorite dessert?! Thats a tough one, I have so many!! I would probably narrow it down to cheesecake! I can never pass up a good cheesecake! Reply

  • Natalya
    August 21, 2014

    Hi Natasha –
    Making your pavlova, and have ?
    How did u cover in plastic box or plastic food wrap or zipper? Any your совет? 🙂
    Thanks a lot

    My favorite cake: any cake with lots of chocolate and not really sweet 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 21, 2014

      I covered with a loose plastic bag overnight and left it on the counter at room temp. It’s best served right after it’s frosted and decorated, bit if you have to store it after assembly, you will want to refrigerate it. Reply

  • Veronica
    August 21, 2014

    Id have to say every single one of your recipes are AMAZING!! I have tried them all, and i love all of them. there isn’t one that i don’t like… they are all soo good! The Spartak Cake is one of my favorites! So delicious! Oh and i tried the Pavlova Cake… OMG so amazing! You are amazing, and you take so much time and effort into everything..God Bless You! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! Reply

  • Denise L
    August 21, 2014

    I am a chocoholic and brownies are my favorite dessert. The fudgier the better preferably with a touch of coffee in the batter. Reply

  • laura ari
    August 21, 2014

    My favorite dessert is a hot fudge sundae made with mocha ice cream and whipped cream. Reply

  • August 21, 2014

    Sugar Cookies are my favorite dessert to make because I love decorating them. Reply

  • Anna
    August 21, 2014

    I love warmed apple pie! Happy wedding anniversary! Blessings! Reply

  • zhanna
    August 21, 2014

    i made this yesterday and it was just delicious! by far the best dessert 🙂 Reply

  • Anna
    August 21, 2014

    Always wanted to try to make a Pavlova! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!! Reply

  • olia
    August 21, 2014

    Mine would be your jello pretzel cake right now! Sooo good! Reply

  • Sharon Howard
    August 21, 2014
  • Sharon Howard
    August 21, 2014

    This looks yummy and I plan to try it but my favorite dessert is Strawberry Cheesecake it’s so amazing. Thank You for the chance. Reply

  • Alina K
    August 21, 2014

    Thanks for another great recipe! One of my favorite desserts is strawberry shortcake- fresh & light making it the perfect ending to any meal! Reply

  • Alina K
    August 21, 2014

    Thanks for a great post! The pics look delish  Reply

  • Leeza
    August 21, 2014

    I love Pavlova ! Looks delicious !!! Reply

  • Olga Na.
    August 21, 2014

    My favorite dessert would be the tiramusu cake! I was making it weekly at one period of time. Reply

  • Inna
    August 21, 2014

    My favorite desert is royal cake! Reply

  • Tallya
    August 21, 2014

    Been wanting to make a pavlova… the kids and I even made meringues with the goal of these but they were eaten before we got to it. My favorite dessert has to be something light and creamy. What is yours Natasha? Reply

  • Natasha
    August 20, 2014

    Happy Anniversary!

    I love Spartak Cake 😉 Yum-Yum Reply

  • Vicki
    August 20, 2014

    I have many favorite desserts. One of them is zucchini banana bread with walnuts and chocolate chips fresh from the oven… mmmmm… its healthy and yummy!!!! Reply

  • inna
    August 20, 2014

    HI AGAIN, MY FAVORITE DESSERT IS THE PAVLOVA BECAUSE IT JUST MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH, AND NOT TOO SWEET. LOVED THIS RECIPE. THANK YOU SO MUCH, YOU MAKE MY LIFE EASIER IN COOKING.

    Hello thank you so much for this recipe, it has be the best one i ever made. I tried to much recipes and they always fall, and become too thin. But this recipe is just amazing,melting in your mouth. Once more thank you again. Reply

  • August 20, 2014

    This is gorgeous Natasha!! Reply

  • Katrine Kulinin
    August 20, 2014

    My favorite dessert is pretty much anything, especially the home-made goods that me and my family bake. Reply

  • Liliana Kulinin
    August 20, 2014

    My favorite dessert is tiramisu cake that my mom, sister, and I bake. Reply

  • Nelya Kulinin
    August 20, 2014

    My favorite dessert would have to be a cake called “black rose” that I make at home. Reply

  • Irina
    August 20, 2014

    I like to make chocolate cherry roll but i use dulce le che and cream cheese for filling. Reply

  • Veronika G
    August 20, 2014

    MY favorite dessert thus far is your greek yogurt with blackberry cream cheese frosting cupcakes. They are so moist and easy to make. Reply

  • Vincent
    August 20, 2014

    I have 2 favorites: cherry cheese pie and strawberry shortcake. Reply

  • Kristina
    August 20, 2014

    I love Napoleon Cake, its is actually now my husband’s favorite too after having it so many times with my family. Reply

  • Anna
    August 20, 2014

    My favorite desert are medovik,spartak,your raspberry pretzel jello and anything chocolate:) Reply

  • Vita
    August 20, 2014

    I love your Blog! Every time I have guest coming over for breakfast,lunch,dinner or just tea.. always go on here to get ideas and easy recipes.. I want to make this pavlova.. It looks so good! :)) I have made the Boccone Dolce Cake couple times and loved it… Am excited to try this recipe this coming weekned.. And I hope I win the gift card.. That would be awsome.. Thank you 🙂 Reply

  • re morgan
    August 20, 2014

    My favorite dessert is pecan pralines in bourbon sauce atop cheesecake. Reply

  • Ruthie
    August 20, 2014

    This is a hard question. So many great desserts! One of my favorites would be peach pie with vanilla ice cream melting on top;) Reply

  • Margot C
    August 20, 2014
  • Margot C
    August 20, 2014

    I love a Dark Chocolate Cake with Raspberries and Vanilla Ice Cream. Reply

  • Ana
    August 20, 2014

    My favorite dessert is brid’s milk cake 🙂 Reply

  • ksenia moore
    August 20, 2014

    cheesecake all the way! Reply

  • Inna
    August 20, 2014

    Ooo my favorite dessert(s) have to be poppyseed roulade or something cheesy and creamy like pumpkin cheesecake! Reply

  • Alya Myrmyr
    August 20, 2014

    I love cheesecake! Reply

  • Nadya T
    August 20, 2014

    Congrats! hehe don’t you mean your only child? since you only have one? Reply

  • Heather S
    August 20, 2014

    My favorite dessert is cheesecake 🙂 Reply

  • lena
    August 20, 2014

    I Love Love TRES LECHE!! makes me want some just thinking about it! haha Im going to be making it for hubby bday in a week and now I might make this 😉 LOVE allll your recipes!
    Be Blessed Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 20, 2014

      Thanks so much Lena 🙂 God bless you too! Reply

  • Julie
    August 20, 2014

    I love any fruity dessert! Your Pavolva recipe and photos look like a perfect, light delight! Reply

  • Svetlana Pilyuhin
    August 20, 2014

    My favorite desert is Waffle with cooked condensed milk!!! Brings me back to my childhood – memories from weddings/birthdays where we had lots of different colors of waffles…
    DeLiCiOuS!!! Reply

  • Bobbi Holyfield
    August 19, 2014

    I Love love loveyour banana bread, so delicious! 🙂 Reply

  • Nadia
    August 19, 2014

    I love the pretzel jello cake also got from one of your recipes! I make it for any parties or just for us! We love it! Thank You for great recipes! Reply

  • Anna
    August 19, 2014

    My weakness is ice cream, or velvet cake, or sweets in general 🙂 Reply

  • Yana Y.
    August 19, 2014

    Cheesecake! Reply

  • Tanya
    August 19, 2014

    Just love your website!!! Thank u for doing it!!! Thank u for wonderful giveaway!!! God bless Reply

  • Sandy
    August 19, 2014

    The pavlova looks delicious. It is hard to name a favorite dessert. I make an oatmeal cake that is great, I use applesauce in place of the fat. Reply

  • sheri
    August 19, 2014

    It is so hard to choose, but I would say coconut ice cream is my favorite. This recipe looks really good, thanks. Reply

  • Galina D
    August 19, 2014

    I love cheesecake!!! my fave is your recipe:) Reply

  • Ekaterina
    August 19, 2014

    I love little cheesecake bites made in a muffin tin. Do good and so versatile 🙂 Reply

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