Double Chocolate Pavlova with Mascarpone Cream & Raspberries

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A light, elegant and gorgeous dessert, this pavlova has a crisp shell and fudgy, marshmallowy center.

Chocolate Pavlova

Created by a hotel chef in the 1920s in honor of the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova during one of her tours to Australia or New Zealand, a pavlova is a cake-shaped meringue with a soft and marshmallowy center and crisp outer shell, usually topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

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In this gorgeous chocolate version, cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate are folded into the meringue — which makes it deliciously fudgy — and mascarpone cheese (Italian cream cheese) is added to the whipped topping. It’s a wonderfully light, gluten-free dessert. I made it for Passover this year and it was a huge hit.

What you’ll need to make a Pavlova

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How to make a Pavlova

The nice thing about pavlovas is that even though they look fancy, they are incredibly easy to make — even kids can do it. Mine love separating the eggs and whipping the meringue.

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To begin, beat the egg whites until foamy. Then, gradually add the sugar and continue beating until the meringue is glossy and stiff (when you slowly lift the whisk out of the mixture, it will hold stiff peaks). Be patient; this takes 8-9 minutes.

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Next, sift in the cocoa powder and add the chopped chocolate and vinegar. Using a rubber spatula, fold the mixture together until no streaks of cocoa powder remain. Mound the meringue onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread into a 9-inch “cake.”

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Place in the oven and cook for 65 to 75 minutes, or until the meringue is puffed and crisp all over, yet still a bit wobbly underneath if you touch the center. Don’t worry if the top is cracked (it may crack even more than shown in the photo below) — this is normal and it all gets covered with whipped cream in the end.

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When the meringue is cool, make the topping by beating the heavy cream and mascarpone cheese on medium speed in the bowl of an electric mixer until evenly combined. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until it holds pillowy soft peaks. Don’t overbeat! Pile the mascarpone cream on top of the meringue and gently spread it out about an inch from the edge. (Don’t worry if the meringue cracks in the process.) Top the pavlova with the raspberries and sprinkle the shaved chocolate over top.

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Cut the pavlova into wedges, wiping the knife in between slices, and serve. Enjoy!

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Note: The meringue portion of this recipe was adapted from Nigella Lawson on FoodNetwork.com

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Double Chocolate Pavlova with Mascarpone Cream & Raspberries

A light, elegant and gorgeous dessert, this pavlova has a crisp shell and fudgy, marshmallowy center.

Servings: 10
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Pavlova

  • 6 large egg whites
  • Pinch salt
  • 1-3/4 cups superfine sugar (see note)
  • 3 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Hershey's
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

For the Marscapone Cream

  • 8 ounces (1 cup) mascarpone cheese, cold
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, grated or shaved into curls (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a dark marker, draw a 9-inch diameter circle on the parchment paper by tracing around a 9-inch cake pan or plate. Flip the paper over so your meringue won't touch the marker.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and salt on medium speed until foamy soft peaks form, about a minute. Increase the speed to medium-high and gradually add the sugar; continue beating until stiff peaks form, 8-9 minutes. (The meringue will be glossy.)
  3. Pass the cocoa powder through a sieve or sifter and add to the meringue. Add the vinegar and chopped chocolate. Using a large rubber spatula, fold the mixture until well combined. It should be a light mocha color with no white or brown streaks.
  4. Secure the parchment paper to the baking sheet by adding a dab of meringue under each corner. Mound the meringue onto the parchment inside the circle. Using the spatula or a butter knife, spread the meringue to fill the circle. Even the top and sides just slightly -- it shouldn’t be perfectly smooth or overworked. Place in the oven and cook for 65 to 75 minutes, or until the meringue is puffed and crisp all over, yet still a bit wobbly underneath if you touch the center. Don't worry if the top is cracked -- that's normal and it all gets covered with whipped cream in the end. Turn off the oven, prop the oven door open, and leave the meringue in the oven to cool to room temperature, at least 30 minutes. (The meringue won’t collapse as much if it cools gradually.)
  5. Before serving, carefully peel the meringue off of the parchment paper and place it on a serving platter. In a medium bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, and vanilla on medium speed until just combined. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until it holds soft, pillowy peaks. Do not overbeat; it should not be too stiff or grainy. Mound the mascarpone cream onto the meringue and gently spread it out about 1 inch from the edge (don't worry if the meringue cracks in the process). Top the pavlova with the raspberries and sprinkle the shaved chocolate over top. Cut the pavlova into wedges, wiping the knife in between slices, and serve.
  6. Note: If you don't have superfine sugar, place regular granulated sugar in a food processor and pulse until fine, about 30 seconds.
  7. Note: This pavlova can be made ahead and assembled up to 12 hours ahead of time. Keep in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (10 servings)
  • Calories: 429
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 51g
  • Sugar: 47g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Sodium: 136mg
  • Cholesterol: 74mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • My family and I loved this dessert.

    • — Jill Sphar on August 29, 2021
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  • Exceptional recipe 😃

    • — Yas on August 18, 2021
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  • Made this for Mother’s Day and it was loved by all! There were some details that seemed off and I was wondering if there’s an easy solve. My pavlova spread from 9″ to a little over 10″. How do I get it to stay at 9″ to help it maintain some thickness? There were some really big air pockets inside the crust towards the outer perimeter (visible when I cracked it as I was working the cream on top). Is this normal as well? Thanks Jenn! This recipe is definitely a keeper and I will make again!

    • — Ling on May 10, 2021
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    • Hi Ling, If it spread out while baking, it may be that you didn’t whip the egg whites long enough. Did you beat them until stiff peaks formed? Also, It’s normal to have air pockets inside the crust; that’s just the nature of the pavlova (and why the whip cream goes on top). 🙂

      • — Jenn on May 11, 2021
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  • Delicious and so simple! It’s a completely different type of dessert and a show-stopper for company. This is by far my favorite.

    • — Regina on May 6, 2021
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  • Made this and loved it. The meringue was chewy in the middle and light around the edges. It was quite easy to make and a big hit with everyone. I added a splash of Grand Marnier to the cream.
    We all thought it was just the right amount of sweet. This is a dessert after all not a savory item.

    • — Mary on May 2, 2021
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  • I love this recipe so much and have made it successfully many times! I agree with some of the other commenters on reducing the amount of sugar by at least 1/2 c, as I prefer it less sweet.

    I want to make this again soon, but am pregnant so meringues are generally on the list of things to avoid. Can I substitute the fresh eggs with pasteurized egg whites (from a carton) instead to make it safe for me?

    • — Carly Farmer on April 28, 2021
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    • So glad you like this, Carly! I wouldn’t think the egg whites would be an issue as they are cooked/baked. That said, I think pasteurized egg whites would work fine. Hope you’re feeling good! 🙂

      • — Jenn on April 29, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn, I am very looking forward to making this for Mother’s Day! I am hoping to make this into heart shape, would you see any issues I may face or anything I should be aware of? Thanks !

    • — Christina on April 27, 2021
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    • I don’t think you’d have any issues with a heart shaped version of this. If you’re able to get it to resemble a heart, I’d love to see a pic! Feel free to share a pic at [email protected] if you remember. 🙂

      • — Jenn on April 27, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I made this pavlova for the first time and although the flavor was delicious, I was surprised by how much it collapsed. I followed the recipe, baked it for 65 minutes and let it cool with the oven door propped open. When I first turned off the oven, it was puffed and 30-40 minutes later it had collapsed so that the outer edges were still standing about 1.5 inches tall but the entire middle section was only a little over 1/2 inch tall. Is that much collapse normal? How can I avoid that in the future? I see in the comments that some people say it was done after baking for 45 minutes, maybe I overbaked it? What sort of texture am I looking for inside when it is done? I have zero experience with meringues, so any guidance would be appreciated. Thank you!

    • — Lesley on April 26, 2021
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    • Hi Lesley, I don’t think you did anything wrong — it’s not unusual for it to collapse like you’ve described, and because it gets covered with cream, you don’t have to worry about the way it looks on top.

      • — Jenn on April 27, 2021
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  • I made the pavlova for Passover. It was the hit of the meal. My son’s girlfriend already has requested it for her birthday instead of a cake! The pavlova looks impressive, tastes great, and is surprisingly easy to make.

    • — Jeffrey Koval on March 31, 2021
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    • HA! Exactly the same in our house. Celebrating a delicious treat for a birthday during unleavened bread!! It was amazing.

      • — SweetSue on April 1, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn, I regularly enjoy your recipes as a mainstay in my kitchen, thank you! I’m planning to make the double chocolate pavlova for company next week. I’m wondering if I separate the meringue into smaller, individual cakes, does that change the cooking time? Many thanks!

    • — Mindy Frankel on March 28, 2021
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    • Hi Mindy, So glad you like the recipes! I haven’t made the Pavlovas in mini form, so I’m not sure what the cooking time will be; it will be shorter but it depends on the size of the Pavlovas. (Just keep a close eye on them.) Hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on March 29, 2021
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  • I needed a fancy dessert for our Passover meal. This was a show stopper! Thanks, Jenn! Everyone at the table was impressed and said they’d never seen this dessert before. There was a scramble for seconds! My only change was to reduce the sugar by 1/4 cup.

    • — Jennifer on March 28, 2021
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  • Can I use a spring-form pan for the meringue?

    • — Sarah Lee on March 24, 2021
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    • I wouldn’t recommend it – I think it will stick – sorry!

      • — Jenn on March 26, 2021
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  • Another home run hit recipe! 10 stars!!! Your recipes never disappoint. 😍😍😍👏👏👏

    • — Terrie Williams on February 20, 2021
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  • I just made this for Valentine’s day but the meringue came out pancake flat. I noticed it started to flatten half way through the baking. What did I do wrong?

    • — Tolan on February 13, 2021
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    • Hi Tolan, Sorry you had a problem with this! It sounds like you didn’t beat the egg whites for long enough. The egg white/sugar mixture should be beaten until it’s glossy and stiff (when you slowly lift the whisk out of the mixture, it will hold stiff peaks). This usually takes 8 to 9 minutes.

      • — Jenn on February 15, 2021
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  • I just love this Pavlova.
    Can I also make a smaller one with half the ingredients and how long should it be in the oven?
    Thank you!

    • — Jenny on February 8, 2021
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    • So glad you like it, Jenny! Yes, you can make a smaller version. Cooking time may be a bit shorter but I’m not sure by how much so just keep a close eye on it. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on February 8, 2021
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  • Love this! Before making this, I had never made nor tasted a pavlova. Love the crispy shell on the outside, and the mascarpone whipped cream is perfect! It’s a unique dessert that a lot of people where I am from have never tried. I made it for co-workers, since some of them are gluten-free, and they loved it. It is quite sweet, so I reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup the second time I made it. Still PLENTY sweet.

    • — Alexandra on February 1, 2021
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  • I love this dessert! It’s perfect for a dinner party (whenever those start happening again!) or – even better- a cozy Valentines dinner. Adding marscarpone to the topping is such a fun idea! I would encourage you to use the best quality cocoa powder & chocolate that you’re able to get your hands on.

    • — L on January 31, 2021
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  • I have made well over 30 of Jenn’s recipes, and being that I love dessert this is my all time favorite. It’s simple because she gives such concise directions. People go WILD over this pavlova, and honestly it’s easier to make than most desserts. It truly is a showstopper. I’d give it 10 stars if I could.

    • — Karen M on January 29, 2021
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  • This recipe is one of my new favorite desserts!!! It looks incredibly fancy but is really quite easy to make. I made it for a dinner party and had so many “WOW’s” from our guests. It is a unique dessert that most had never heard of. It is definitely worth every calorie!

    • — Corinne on January 28, 2021
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  • I get rave reviews every single time I make this. It is so easy to make and incredibly rich and delicious. During the pandemic, I even made individual ones for my mom’s birthday. If I remember correctly, the recipe made about 14 individual ones. I reduced the cook time to closer to 30 minutes and started checking at 20-25 minutes

    • — Audrey G on January 28, 2021
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  • This beautiful dessert never disappoints. I made it again yesterday to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It is easy to make and looks beautiful to serve. The wonderful flavor lingers with each bite and you don’t want it end. Like all of Jenn’s recipes, you can count on it!
    The only thing I did differently this time was made the meringue and the whipped topping separately and refrigerated as I was serving it the next day. I just put together before serving. It seemed to work fine if you need to do it this way.

    • — Kate Kerns on January 28, 2021
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  • This dessert is absolutely incredible! I have prepared it multiple times and it is a decadent winner. Thank you so much!

    • — Michelle on January 28, 2021
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  • Made this as a New Year’s Eve celebration dessert and it was spectacular! There was only 3 of us so I used 4 egg whites instead of 6 and adjusted accordingly. It was delectable and surprisingly rich.
    I used a standard whipped cream but will make sure to try the marscapone next time. Thank you!

    • — Carina Geraci on January 2, 2021
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  • Hi Jen,
    I’m planning on making this for a Christmas dinner. Should I store it in the fridge assembled or will the whip cream soften the pavlova?

    Thanks for your advice!

    • — Carolina on December 18, 2020
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    • Hi Carolina, You can store it in the fridge for up to a day fully assembled. It won’t have any impact on the texture. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 20, 2020
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  • Just wanted to confirm the sodium content per slice, 136g seems way too much…
    I’ve made this recipe countless times, and each time was divine 😋. This is my family’s favourite dessert! Thank you for posting this!

    • — JessieG on November 28, 2020
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    • Hi Jessie, It should say mg (not grams) and I corrected that but doubled checked and the 136 is correct. Glad you like it!

      • — Jenn on November 28, 2020
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  • I have made this recipe twice and everyone loved it. The first time, it came out perfectly but last Thanksgiving the meringue just crumbled due to the humidity in Florida. To salvage it, I ended up making a delicious trifle and layering the meringue with the filling. I now want to make it again using chocolate cake with the filling. Which recipe would you recommend?
    Many thanks

    • — susan on November 25, 2020
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    • Hi Susan, Do you have my cookbook? There’s a wonderful chocolate cake recipe in there. I’m happy to send it to you if you don’t have the book (just email me at [email protected]). This chocolate cupcake recipe would also be delicious.

      • — Jenn on November 25, 2020
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  • Hello,

    Do you have a suggestion on how to remove the meringue without pieces falling apart? I tried to use a spatula and panicked when it started to break. It all worked out due to the topping, but the cake was wider on one side.

    I am making this again tomorrow since it was such a huge hit a couple weeks ago.

    Thank you

    • — Danyial Merriam on November 6, 2020
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    • Hi Danyial, the meringue may crack a little as you’re serving it (that’s just the nature of meringue). If you didn’t last time, make sure you wipe the knife clean in between each slice. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on November 6, 2020
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  • This was a hit! I’ve made it twice now and plan to make it again during the holidays. It’s not difficult, looks impressive and tastes delicious. One time I used mascapone and the other time cream cheese. I preferred the mascapone but both were tasty. Thanks, Jenn!

    • — Lesley K. on October 25, 2020
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  • Hi Jennifer, if I halve the recipe for the meringue and make it a 6-in circle, will I need to make a major adjustment to the baking time?

    • — Melanie on August 25, 2020
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    • Hi Melanie, Cooking time may be a bit shorter but I’m not sure by how much so just keep a close eye on it. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 26, 2020
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  • Made this last year for Christmas. Huge hit. Very popular. Very good 😊😊💕💕🇨🇦

    • — Sandra on August 24, 2020
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  • This was a huge hit. My daughter loves meringue, my husband and I do not, and we all loved this as a surprise last day of school cake. It was fudgy (really!) yet light, really unlike any other dessert I have ever had or made (and I bake a lot). I used what we had on hand, so subbed champagne vinegar, and made lightly sweetened whipped cream, and chopped strawberries. Delicious. My one question is if the pavlova could be less sweet without sacrificing the structure of the meringue? Thanks for another winner!

    • — Nicole on June 25, 2020
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    • Hi Nicole, Glad this was a hit and happy last day of school to your daughter! 🙂 I think you could get away with cutting the sugar by about 1/4 cup without impacting the texture.

      • — Jenn on June 25, 2020
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  • I have made this a number of times and each time it is delicious, easy and always impressive. Do you think I could make individual ones? I wanted to make small ones and plate them ahead of time. How big would you make each one and how long would you cook them?

    • — Audrey G on June 2, 2020
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    • Hi Audrey, I haven’t made the Pavlova’s in mini form, but I think it will work. Because the recipe serves ten, perhaps I’d divide the batter into 8 to 10 smaller ones. Cooking time will be shorter but I’m not sure by how much so just keep a close eye on them. Please LMK how they turn out if you make them this way!

      • — Jenn on June 3, 2020
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      • Hi Jen,
        I used my mid sized ice cream scooper to drop the batter onto 2 inch circles. This made 15 mini pavlovas. I baked them for 15 – 20 minutes, watching them as you suggested. I kept tapping the top and when they were hard I took them out. They were perfect. The only challenge with this system is that I could not leave all of them in the oven to cool because they were on 2 cookie sheets. The crazy part is that the first batch I took out, did not crack as much as the second batch that I left in to cool. I am thinking it had something to do with the oven being a little hotter for the second batch. Delicious and as always, they got rave reviews.

        • — Audrey G on June 6, 2020
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        • So glad it worked out well — thanks for reporting back! 🙂

          • — Jenn on June 8, 2020
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  • Hi Jen! I’ve made this pavlova dozens of times; it’s my go-to dessert for many occasions and our favorite! The last two times I made it, however, the pavlova collapsed to a pancake and is slightly sticky on top. When I opened the oven, it was fine, but somewhere in the cooling process (with the oven door ajar,) it completely flattens to a pancake and is dense inside. Do you have any idea what could be going wrong??

    • — Mary on May 20, 2020
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    • Hi Mary, sorry you’ve had a problem with this recently — frustrating after you’ve made it successfully many times! Has it by any chance been more humid outside the last two times that you’ve made it? If you bake meringues when it’s very humid, the meringue doesn’t fully dry out and it will give it that flat crust and very soft center.

      • — Jenn on May 21, 2020
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  • It worked amazingly

    • — Meteora on May 14, 2020
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  • Just made this. Excellent dessert! We ate seconds. Thank you!

    • — Curtis on May 7, 2020
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  • Hello Jenn,
    When it comes to the chocolates, can I use Dutch process cocoa powder(Callebaut)?

    • — Diana on April 26, 2020
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    • Hi Diana, I wouldn’t recommend Dutch-processed cocoa powder here — sorry!

      • — Jenn on April 27, 2020
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    • Thank you for the quick response Jenn! I do hope you’re all keeping safe and sane during this difficult time.
      One more question to ask because I focused on the cocoa powder. I have 70% Callebaut callers…they can be used in place of the bittersweet chocolate chopped and if so, can they be left whole, seeing they might be difficult to chop?
      Stay safe

      • — Diana Foggia on April 30, 2020
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      • Sure, Diana, that should work. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

        • — Jenn on May 1, 2020
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  • Wow! I made this and it turned out fantastic. As a bonus, it was very easy to make. Thanks to this great version of one of my go to desserts.

    • — Ellen on February 11, 2020
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  • Could powdered sugar be used in place of the superfine sugar ?

    • — Tracy on January 7, 2020
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    • Hi Tracy, I wouldn’t recommend powdered sugar here — sorry! If you don’t have superfine sugar, you can put regular granulated sugar in a food processor and pulse until fine, about 30 seconds. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 7, 2020
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  • Wonderful! Everyone asks for the recipe!

    • — cindy on December 31, 2019
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  • I’ll just say it – magnifique!

    • — Barbara on December 28, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn,

    Just wondering if the pavlova base can be made the day before and stored in the cooled oven overnight before decorating? It’s quite humid here so I’m not whether to just make on the day? Thanks

    • — Nicole on December 24, 2019
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    • Hi Nicole, You can do that but I’d store it in the fridge.

      • — Jenn on December 24, 2019
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    • Hi Nicole. I’ve never made this particular flavored Pav but I have made the reg one many times. Too many to count, lol. When I bake a Pav that I don’t plan to use that day I leave it in the oven overnight. I also never prop my oven door open as it cools. I’ve never had a Pav deflate on me due to keeping it in the oven overnight either. The reason I don’t put the shell in the fridge is because of condensation. Just thought I’d give you another option. Happy baking…

      • — Tammie on June 17, 2020
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      • Thanks for the tip. I know it was a year ago. But do you ever have issues with humidity and leaking, sticky seepage issues or do you find your tips eliminate any of this happening?

        • — Danielle L. on August 17, 2021
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  • I live in SW Florida and want to make this for Thanksgiving. I read a few reviews that humidity affected the recipe. Do you have any suggestions how to avoid this. Thank you

    • — susan g on November 27, 2019
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    • Hi Susan, Unfortunately there’s no fix for high humidity, although given the time of year (depending on the weather) you might be okay. Hope you enjoy it if you try it!

      • — Jenn on November 27, 2019
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  • I made this before and loved it Now, I’m looking for an alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving Pies. Do you think I could add a layer or cranberry sauce or something else similar or would this ruin it? Thanks

    • — susan g on November 25, 2019
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    • Hi Susan, If you wanted to do a cranberry pavlova, I’d probably look for a vanilla pavlova recipe like this one instead of this chocolate one. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on November 25, 2019
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  • I’ve made this 3 times now and it has been a hit each time. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! My question for you is that each time I’ve made the Pavlova it has taken considerably longer than 9 minutes (closer to 15-20 mins) to get that desirable stiffness and peaks. What am I doing wrong?

    • Hi Cheri, Glad you like this! What kind of mixer are you using and what speed do you whip the egg whites on? Bottom line though, even if it takes a few extra minutes, as long as you’re getting the right texture, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. 🙂

      • I’m using a kitchen aid mixer and I try to keep it at medium high (around 7-8). You are right though. I’m just too impatient, it’s the best dessert I’ve ever made!

        • — Cheri Southerland
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  • Hi! Can the red wine vinegar be replaced with cream of tartar? If yes, how much do you suggest I use?

    • Hi KJ, I haven’t tried it in this recipe, but I suspect it should work. You’d need an equal amount of cream of tartar (so 1 tsp.). Please let me know how it turns out if you try it!

      • Hi Jenn, thanks SO MUCH for your timely response. Swapping the cream of tartar for the vinegar worked great. I also reduced the sugar to 1 1/4 cup and increased bittersweet chocolate to 3 ounces to suit my family’s tastes. I had some of your berry sauce leftover and spread a thin layer of it between the cream and strawberries. Delicious!

        • So glad it worked out – thanks for the follow-up!

  • SO GOOD. I flinched the first time, took it out too soon and it fell. The second go around I baked it at a slightly lower temperature (280, to mitigate the cracking) for the full 75 minutes. It was perfect.

  • I made this for Easter lunch today, and it was delicious! I added about 1/3 cup freeze-dried raspberries (that I’d pureed in the Cuisinart, then strained to remove some of the seeds) to the mascarpone cream mixture, which added a beautiful pink color and raspberry taste. Would highly recommend!

    • I have made this dessert twice in the last several weeks, what an awesome recipe! I hadn’t tried any other desserts like this and it is easy and fun to make. I was using a kitchen aid handheld mixer and I also found it took about 15 minutes of beating to get stiff peaks, and it took 45 minutes to bake, not sure why? I am at a high altitude of 6500 ft, so maybe that is why, or maybe the amount of egg whites? Either way, it is fabulous as are all your recipes.

      • Hi Lynne, So glad you’ve enjoyed this enough to make it twice in a short period of time — I’m surprised that it only took 45 minutes for it to bake! Do you find that your oven generally runs hot? Perhaps it could be the altitude, but I’m not knowledgeable enough about baking at high altitudes to weigh in. Either way, glad it’s been a success! 🙂

        • I too live at 6000 feet and have made this pavlova 8-10 times. I found that it was best to lower the oven temperature to 280 for about 45 minutes.

          • — Rhonda H on May 26, 2020
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          • Good to know, Rhonda – I’m sure others who are at high altitude will appreciate the input! 🙂

            • — Jenn on May 27, 2020
  • I have a glass jar of either cocoa powder or cacao powder ( I can’t remember which one it is). Is it okay to use cacao instead of cocoa powder for this recipe?? Just in case … So excited to make this today!

    • Hi Rachel, Unfortunately they are not the same; I recommend sticking with cocoa powder for this recipe. Sorry!

  • Hi Jenn,
    I had tried many of your recipes before and loved it. I always looked like a champ:) I’m planning to try this one for Easter but wondering if I can use Swerve sugar instead of regular one. Thanks so much!!

    • Hi Yolla, I wish I could be more helpful but I have never baked with Swerve sugar so I have no idea if it will work or how much you’d need to use. So sorry!

    • Hi Yolla, did you ever end up trying this recipe using Swerve sugar? i’d like to try using a paleo or keto sweetener that’s not refined sugar. I’m curious how i came out before i try it.

      • — Maria S on April 26, 2020
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