Classic Pavlova Recipe

A classic recipe for a meringue dessert

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Total 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 297 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Pavlova

  • 6 egg whites at room temperature
  • Pinch cream of tartar
  • cups granulated sugar

For the Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To Garnish

  • Fresh fruit
US Customary - Metric


  1. Make the Pavlova: Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and draw a 9-inch circle in the middle (I traced 8-inch parchment rounds, but you could cake pans or anything else about the same diameter). Spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. Using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until frothy, then add the cream of tartar. Increase the mixer speed to medium-high and beat to soft peaks. While continuing to beat the egg whites, gradually add the granulated sugar (I estimate that I added about 3 tablespoons at a time) and beat until glossy and stiff peaks form. Spoon the mixture onto the circle, and use a spatula to shape the egg white mixture into a circle with decorative sides, if desired.

  3. Bake for 1 hour, or until firm to the touch.Turn off the oven and prop the oven door open with a wooden spoon. Allow the pavlova to cool completely in the oven.

  4. Make the Whipped Cream: Place the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat on medium-high speed until it holds stiff peaks.

  5. Transfer the pavlova to a serving platter, then top with the whipped cream and fresh fruit. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Classic Pavlova Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 52mg2%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 585IU12%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 26mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.