easy Chocolate pavlova recipe

This homemade chocolate pavlova recipe is a simple and easy recipe that takes just a few ingredients and looks gorgeous!A chocolate pavlova recipe is not the first dessert that pops into your brain when you consider easy options.  Actually, the very name “pavlova” instills fear and panic in many hearts.  We have the misconception, because of the fancy name, that this dish must be all sorts of challenging and time consuming. But an easy pavlova really is a thing!

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And, while pavlova does take a long time in the oven, the actual creation process is really quite fast and easy.  And probably has the fewest ingredients of any popular dessert.

Yes, you do need to properly whip the eggs.  And that can be scary.  But we’ve got a handy video that shows you what properly whipped eggs look like.  No guessing.  No wondering if you’ve over or under whipped your egg whites.  Whew!  And other than eggs…this recipe has very few ingredients.  Fold in some chocolate, sugar, and vinegar.  That’s it!We’ve included a filling and some really great whipped cream, but the truth is; those are just extras.

This chocolate pavlova recipe can stand on its own.

The layers are beautiful, but not necessary.  The raspberry pile is delicious, but not essential.  This chocolate pavlova is crunchy on the outside, and fudgy on the inside.  Perfection!

This homemade chocolate pavlova recipe is a simple and easy recipe that takes just a few ingredients and looks gorgeous!!

 A few tricks for a perfect chocolate easy pavlova recipe:

  1. Don’t make this on a humid day.  It will fall flat, and you’ll be disheartened.
  2. Whip your eggs longer than you think…look at the video; it’ll help.
  3. Don’t stir in the cocoa, chocolate, and vinegar too much.  Just enough to incorporate.
  4. Cool your pavlova in the oven completely, without opening the door if you can help it.  Cooling too quickly will make it sink.

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 See!  It’s super easy.  And even if it falls, or you don’t whip it quite enough the first time, this dessert is really forgiving.  It will still taste fabulous!

This chocolate pavlova recipe is simple and delicious!

easy Chocolate Pavlova Recipe

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  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate chips/shavings
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  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Whip egg whites to soft peaks.
  • Slowly add sugar, whipping until stiff peaks are formed.
  • Fold in vinegar, cocoa, and chocolate chips. Be careful not to over mix.
  • Pour pavlova onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Put pavlova in the oven, immediately turn the oven down to 275.
  • Bake for 1 hour.
  • Turn the oven off and leave the pavlova in the oven until completely cool. Taking the pavlova out too soon will cause it to sink (it still tastes great though!)
  • Serve soon after, or wrap tightly to keep the air out.

More gluten-free desserts:

mini pavlovas
peanut butter cookies
homemade toffee

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6 thoughts on “easy Chocolate pavlova recipe”

  1. Well shoot…we did say we had a recipe, didn’t we? The filling is really just half cream cheese that’s been softened and whipped, and half whipped cream. Nothing special, but the perfect semi-sweet balance for the pavlova.

  2. This looks wonderful! But I seem to be a little confused regarding the filling: do you just add whipped cream, berries and chocolate? You mentioned in the article that you posted a recipe for the filling but I don´t see it?

    Thanks for the delicious pavlova recipe :)

  3. GO you!!! I think the problem is often that people mess one up their first time…and don’t give it a second try. Go for it!

  4. Lynn | The Road to Honey

    Funny.. .you read my mind. The thought of whipping up a Pavlova causes my heart rate to rise and my palms to sweet. There something about it that seems so complicated. Yours looks simply stunning and with that video. . .I just might get the courage to give it a try.

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