The perfect springtime dessert: crispy and gooey chocolate pavlova topped with the most incredible lavender whipped cream and loads of fresh blackberries. The unique flavor combination in this pavlova cake recipe is amazing! Every bite simply melts in your mouth, taking you to dessert heaven! You’ll fall in love with the lavender frosting combined with the blackberries from the first bite. It’s a light, fluffy, chocolatey and fruity dessert all in one!
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Tips For Making a Perfect Pavlova
Make this chocolate pavlova successfully! Have you ever attempted to make meringue and it wouldn’t hold its shape at all! I’ve had this happen a few times and it can be so frustrating! The key to getting stiff and glossy peaks is using a super squeaky clean mixing bowl and whisk. Even the tiniest amount of grease or oil residue will cause the egg whites to go flat.
- Use a degreasing soap or white vinegar to rinse the bowl before using, then wipe it down with a clean kitchen towel.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar to further help stabilize the egg whites.
Making the Lavender Whipped Cream
This delicate pavlova is topped with a fluffy lavender whipped cream, blackberries and garnished with mint leaves. To add the most lavender flavor, I use lavender oil. Make sure to use food safe, edible oil for this recipe! Here’s how to make it:
- In a small bowl, whisk the cream cheese or mascarpone until light and fluffy.
- Add the lavender oil and few drops of purple food color. Whisk again until creamy.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the chilled cream and sugar for a few minutes, until stiff peaks form. Add the cream cheese mixture and whisk again for about a minute, until stiff peaks form.
Assembling the Chocolate Pavlova
Since the chocolate pavlova base takes several hours to bake, I recommend splitting this cake recipe into a two-day project. Allow the meringue layer to cool completely, then place into a bag or an airtight container and keep at room temperature. Make the lavender cream and assemble the dessert when ready to serve so that they meringue stays crunchy. I made the lavender cream with cream cheese, but softened mascarpone will also work well! And make sure your lavender oil is okay for consumption. Get the one I use here: http://tatyanaseverydayfood.com/shop/
Enjoyed this unique lavender dessert? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- ‘Lavender Peach Cake’ – made with lavender cake layers, lavender buttercream and peach preserves.
- And, try my stacked pavlova cake with whipped cream – ‘Chocolate Pavlova with berries’!
- Lavender Blackberry Macarons – delicate lavender cookies with berry and lemon filling!
- Lavender Blackberry Mousse Cake – this delicious no-bake dessert is simply stunning!
- Berry Lemon Pavlova – Pure elegance! A classic pavlova recipe topped with lemon curd, berries and whipped cream!
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Blackberry & Lavender Chocolate Pavlova Recipe (video)
For Chocolate Pavlova:
- 6 large egg whites
- 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
For Lavender Cream:
- 4 oz mascarpone or cream cheese, softened
- 1/8 tsp lavender oil
- purple food color
- 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
- 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
- 3 cups fresh blackberries
- Preheat oven to 225F/107C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Clean mixer bowl and whisk attachment with degreasing dish soap and/or vinegar, to clean the bowl of any oil residue.
- Place the egg whites into clean mixing bowl and whisk on high speed for a few minutes, until soft peaks form. Combine the sugar and cornstarch, then slowly add to the egg whites. Once all the sugar is added, turn mixer to high speed and whisk for 7 to 9 minutes, until egg whites form stiff peaks and are glossy. Sift the cocoa powder over the meringue, then whisk for about 1 minute, just until incorporated.
- Transfer about 2 cups of the meringue into a pastry bag tipped with a star tip. Transfer the remaining meringue into the center of prepared pan. Use a spoon or spatula to form the pavlova – a tall, round disk. Pipe the remaining meringue onto the paper, forming meringue kisses.
- Bake the meringue in preheated oven for 2 hours. After 2 hours, turn the oven off but do not open the oven door! Allow the meringue to sit and cool gradually over 2 to 3 hours.
- Prepare the lavender cream. In a small bowl, whisk the cream cheese or mascarpone until light and fluffy. Add the lavender oil and few drops of purple food color. Whisk again until creamy. In a separate bowl, whisk together the chilled cream and sugar for a few minutes, until stiff peaks form. Add the cream cheese mixture and whisk again for about a minute, until stiff peaks form.
- Assemble the dessert when ready to serve. Spread half of the lavender cream on top of the chocolate pavlova, then add a layer of fresh blackberries. Top with remaining cream and garnish with more blackberries, meringue kisses and mint leaves.