Chocolate Strawberry Pavlova For Valentine’s Day

Serving 4 people

80 min


  • balsamic vinegar 1 tsp red wine or balsamic vinegar ( I used strawberry balsamic vinegar)
  • cocoa powder ¼ c high quality cocoa powder ( I used Valrhona)
  • corn starch 2 tbsp corn starch
  • cream of tartar ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • dark chocolate 1 ounce dark chocolate, melted for drizzle
  • egg whites 6 egg whites, room temperature (use 1 week old high quality eggs such as Nest Fresh Eggs)
  • egg yolks 4 egg yolks
  • lemon juice 2 tsp lemon juice
  • powdered sugar 2 tsbp powdered sugar (10x confectioners sugar)
  • salt ¼ tsp salt
  • sea salt ¼ tsp sea salt
  • strawberries 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • sugar ¾ c sugar
  • vanilla extract 1½ c super fine sugar
  • whipping cream 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipping cream
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How to make it

  1. Heat oven to 350 Deg F. Take cake stand or serving plate and trace around it on two pieces of parchment. Then draw hearts inside the circles with at least an inch to inch and a half between the heart and the circle. Flip over and place on baking sheets
  2. In a stand mixer combine the egg whites and cream of tartar. Whip on medium until thick and foamy. Slowly add in the super fine sugar about two tablespoons at a time in a slow stream until completely added. Increase speed to high and whip for about 5-6 minutes or until tripled in volume, stopping the mixer and scraping down the sides when needed. Feel the meringue between fingers to make sure the sugar is mostly dissolved. You dont want it too grainy. Lower speed to medium and add in the vinegar and vanilla and whip until combined.
  3. Remove the bowl from the mixer and sift in the cocoa powder and corn starch. Fold with a spatula until no more streaks of cocoa powered are seen. Dab a little meringue under the corners of the parchment to adhere it to the baking sheets.
  4. Spread the meringue evenly between the two pans into heart shapes, not spreading past the lines of the template drawn onto the parchment. Lift the sides of the hears a little higher than the centers with the spatula.
  5. Place in oven and immediately lower heat to 300 Deg F.
  6. Let bake 60 minutes then turn off heat and let cool in oven for 2 hours.
  7. Remove from oven to cool completely.While the pavlovas are baking and drying make the curd. In a bowl whisk together the yolks, sugar, lemon juice, corn starch, set aside. In a small sauce pan heat the strawberries until very liquid and mushy.
  8. Transfer to a blender and blend for a few seconds until smooth. Slowly add in the hot strawberry puree into the yolk mixture whisking continuously until completely combined.
  9. Transfer mixture back to saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly with a spatula until thickened, about 6 minutes.
  10. Transfer to a bowl and place a piece of plastic wrap, pressing down on the top of the curd and chill in refrigerator until completely cooled.Whip the cream until thickened, add in the powdered sugar and whip again until you get stiff peaks when the beater blades are removed from the cream.
  11. Heat the chocolate until thin enough to drizzle ( Chocolate pieces in a glass bowl for 30 sec increments in the microwave works fine)
  12. Place one of the pavlova hearts on a cake stand or serving plate.
  13. Spread half of the cream over the top then spread some of the curd on top making sure the curd isnt spread past the cream. Arrange strawberry slices on top. Repeat with next layer, remaining cream, curd and fresh strawberries.
  14. Drizzle the chocolate on top.
  15. Serve immediately.