Family favorite: chocolate raspberry pavlova

5 August 2019

Alright, here I go – a simple and sweet post for your Monday! :)

chocolate pavlova

This weekend we celebrated Shep’s first birthday as a family, and our treat of choice was a chocolate raspberry pavlova. This is one of our signature family dishes – I was introduced to it almost 14 years ago by John’s older sisters. At the time (high school), it seemed an incredibly intimidating and incredibly elegant recipe to try at home, especially compared to the box cake mixes that were more my family’s speed. (No shame in that game – I still contend there isn’t a homemade brownie out there that is better than Betty Crocker’s!)

helping with pavlova

June is incredibly into cooking and baking these days, always pulling up a chair next to me! :)

Having since made this pavlova dozens of times for special occasions big and small, I can confirm that it is, indeed, incredibly elegant (and delicious!), but hardly as intimidating as I once thought. In fact, it’s actually quite simple – the only tricks are being patient as you whip the egg whites, allowing enough time for the pavlova to cool in the oven, and adding the sugar just one tablespoonful at a time.

chocolate raspberry pavlova

The chewy chocolate base, the pillowy cream, the tart raspberries – it is, as Nigella says, “a killer combination.” If you’re looking for a delicious treat to celebrate something special this summer, here you go!

birthday pavlova

I’d love to hear: what’s your favorite birthday treat? June has requested ice cream sundaes and vanilla cake with sprinkles the last two years, respectively, and has already put in a request for strawberry cake next January. John’s July birthday go-to has been an ice cream cake since forever. My favorite is a chocolate raspberry layer cake, and we always celebrated my Dad’s birthday (August 7th) on the Island with banana cream pie growing up!

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August 5, 2019 7:41 am

Ooohh, that cake looks amazing! Will def have to try it. Happy happy birthday to Shep!

August 5, 2019 9:50 am

Love the short posts idea! While I love the wisdom you share with your long posts, it’s also nice to see some short ones. I just want to say that I love how relatable and real you are in such a time where there’s a lot of over curation and faux-realness with social media. Keep up the authenticity :)

Kelly Strawberry
August 5, 2019 10:24 am

We are big fans of ice cream cake. I’ve never even heard of pavlova…excited to try this soon!

August 5, 2019 11:08 am

Looks so tasty!!! A very classy first birthday! We have a ton of Christmas oriented birthdays and have been rocking a Christmas tree pan cake and a spice cake for the past few years!

August 5, 2019 1:26 pm

Love this short and sweet (literally) post! :) Excited to see other fun little tidbits you have in the works!

August 5, 2019 4:22 pm

I’ve seen these baked on Bake Off so many times, but they’ve intimidated me too! I’ll definitely give it a try though, thanks for the tips! I noticed on the recipe is says to use caster sugar, which seems to be an English thing? Finer than table sugar but not as fine as powdered sugar? What do you use?

August 6, 2019 3:41 pm

I am very glad I can cosign on this pavlova’s deliciousness :) I threw Dave an Irish dinner party for his birthday a few years ago and he has requested the Nigella Lawson chocolate Guinness cake (topped with from-the-container cream cheese frosting) that I made for his birthday ever since, so I guess that has become a tradition! I don’t have a consistent birthday treat, but growing up, my request was usually my mom’s chocolate cherry bundt cake, which is HEAVENLY. Making a note to blog the recipe so I have an excuse to make it sooner than later ;)

August 9, 2019 12:19 am

THE best! And the cutest birthday boy!

August 15, 2019 3:20 am

This looks so delicious!
I recently tiredly hand at pavlova and it was so amazing! I posted ours here:

My favourite birthday treat is decadent chocolate cake!