Pavlova Forest

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Introduction: Pavlova Forest

This pavlova cake, while very unique in flavor is simply dreamy in looks, taste, and texture. The cake is made of three layers of marshmallow-like meringue, stuck together with fluffy sweet cream, and mounds of strawberries. The entire thing is absolutely marvelous and sweet with just enough crunch and color. I decided to make my pavlova into a sugar forest with tall trees and pretty flowers. This dessert would be perfect for many occasions. I made mine for Easter. Now, it’s time to dive into the recipe! P.S. If you like the cake please go vote for it on the Baking speed challenge!

Supplies

Pavlova Ingredients

  • 8 egg whites, I used carton egg whites simply because there are so many of them in this recipe
  • 2 1/2 cups superfine bakers sugar
  • 2 tsp vinegar

Meringue cookies

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup superfine bakers sugar
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Gel food coloring

Cream filling

  • 4 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar (you can add more or less to suit your taste)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • About 8 large strawberries or any other fresh fruit that you like you could also change the fruit depending on the occasion

You will also need

  • Parchment paper
  • Piping bags
  • Piping tips
  • Pans
  • Mixing bowls
  • Stand mixer
  • Ovens

Step 1: Pavlovas

We will start by making the actual pavlova. If you want you could start with the meringue details. If you have never had pavlova before, you are in for a treat. This is one of my most favorite desserts in the world and, it is relatively easy to make.

  • 8 egg whites, I used carton egg whites simply because there are so many of them in this recipe
  • 2 1/2 cups superfine bakers sugar
  • 2 tsp vinegar

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Put The egg sugar and vinegar in the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment
  3. Whisk on high speed until the meringue can hold it's own shape
  4. On a piece of parchment measure out three 7 in circles with a pencil, flip the parchment over so the pencil side is no longer exposed and fit to a cookie sheet
  5. Evenly fill the circles with the meringue and smooth out
  6. Bake the pavlovas for one hour
  7. When the time is up, do not take the pavlovas out turn the oven off and wait for them to cool completely, this prevents cracks.
  8. Set aside

Step 2: Meringue Cookie Decorations

Next are the meringue cookie details. You will want to plan this part out beforehand because each batch of meringue takes an hour and a half to bake. These are very tasty and add a nice pop to the cake. If I had to describe them I would say they most resemble Lucky Charms Cereal marshmallows, both in taste and texture.

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup superfine bakers sugar
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Gel food coloring

  1. Preheat oven to 210 degrees F, if you have two ovens use them!
  2. Boil a pot of water
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer add the egg whites, sugar and salt
  4. Place the bowl over the boiling water and whisk
  5. The mixture is done when you can dip your fingers in and the mixture is no longer grainy and it resembles white foam, careful it will be very hot
  6. Place the bowl in the stand mixer and add the cream of tartar and vanilla
  7. Whip on high until the meringue is very stiff, it will be stiffer than the pavlova
  8. Put the meringue in separate mixing bowls
  9. Dye the meringue you will need more brown and green, and small amounts of red, yellow, and blue, you can change the colors if you like
  10. Put the colors in piping bags, the brown bag fitted with a medium round tip, and the green with a medium leaf tip
  11. Draw a tree on a piece of paper, make sure it's not too tall, use the picture I included as a reference
  12. Put a piece of parchment paper over the tree and tape it down, pipe the tree using the outline then pipe the leaves
  13. On a separate piece of parchment make a sheet with the remaining green meringue, but leave out about 2 tablespoons worth
  14. Make flowers using the colored meringues, start with a dot in the middle and pipe 5-6 dots around the edge, you will want larger flowers that you can add a stem to with the green, and then make mini flowers
  15. Use the remaining meringue to make bushes and small trees using a template
  16. Bake everything for 90 minutes

Step 3: Cream Filling

Now it’s time for the cream of the cake, this brings the whole thing together very nicely.

  • 4 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar (you can add more or less to suit your taste)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • About 8 large strawberries or any other fresh fruit that you like you could also change the fruit depending on the occasion

  1. Add the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla to a bowl
  2. Whip the cream on high until you have stiff peaks
  3. Cut the strawberries into small cubes

Step 4: Assembly

This is the best part, assembling the cake! You will have to wait to assemble until everything is baked, otherwise, the meringue will start to dissolve. Be careful during this prosses, everything is very fragile.

  1. Remove about a tablespoon of cream from the bowl
  2. On a cake stand place one pavlova
  3. Add place 1/3 of the cream and smooth out, add half the strawberries
  4. Place another pavlova on top, add another third of cream on top and add the remaining strawberries
  5. Place the last pavlova and the remaining cream on top
  6. In a blender or using your hands, smash the green sheet of the meringue until it is fine dust
  7. Cover the top of the pavlova with the dust
  8. Cut a slit in the middle of the cake
  9. Add the tree
  10. Then using the reserved cream add the mini flowers to the tree and boshes
  11. Add the rest of the flowers, bushes, and small trees

Step 5: The Cake Is Done

Now it is time to dig into this scrumptious masterpiece. Eat it immediately or everything will dissolve, due to the moisture from the strawberries and cream. If you wish, make the components beforehand (keep them in a dry place) and assemble the day of. Enjoy!

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    This is really impressive! Very nice job on those meringue decorations :D