Valentine’s Pav-LOVE-a

The Pavlova cake is an Australian dessert named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, whose dance was as light and “fluffly” as the texture of the cake!

PS: When I mention “Australia”, I mean the continent, rather than the country. There has been an ongoing debate between Australia and New Zealand over the origination of this cake, and is the national dessert of both.

Heart-shaped Pavlova

Since it is was Valentine’s Day, [ sorry I’m late! 😦 ] which was also close to my sister’s birthday, I decided to bake her a heart-shaped birthday cake! Tiara was visiting from Singapore and she complained that the Pavlova cake was non-existent there. Her intense craving for one prompted her to demand request the meringue cake for her birthday. I actually found it odd that she had difficulty finding a Pavlova in Singapore, given that the Singapore-Australia immigration has always been quite significant.

Anyway, I decided to try Tish Boyle’s “Perfect Pavlova” recipe from The Cake Book, but shaped it in a heart.

Perfect Pavlova

Meringue Shell:

  • 5 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup fine granulated sugar (sifted) reduced from 1 1/4

Whipped Cream Filling:

  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar reduced from 4
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Fruit Topping:

I added 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds too. I love having almonds with my whipped cream!

As for fruit topping, use your imagination. Different colour combinations look great together. I also thought Kiwi should most appropriately be included, since it was the national fruit of a certain country. *cough cough*

Cake Border

Directions:

Meringue Shell:

  1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F.
  2. On a piece of parchment paper draw a heart shape approximately 9-inch in diameter. Turn the paper upside down and place it on a baking tray.
  3. Using a whisk attachment on your stand mixer, beat the egg whites at medium speed until foamy. Add salt and cream of tartar, then beat at medium-high speed until soft peaks begin to form. Gradually add sifted sugar one tablespoon at a time, then increase the speed to high and beat whites until stiff peaks form. Remember to scrape the sides of your bowl!
  4. With a silicon spatula, transfer part of the meringue onto your parchment paper, and spread it evenly with a metal spatula. Fill the rest of the meringue into a large pastry bag fitted with a star tip. I used Wilton’s 1M. Pipe the meringue outlining the edges of the heart. This will give your heart-shape a more defined look. Make sure that the sides are slightly taller than the middle.
  5. Bake the meringue for 1 hour, or until it is lightly coloured and dry to touch. Turn the oven off and leave the meringue in the oven for at least 2 hours.
Meringue Shell

Don’t worry if your meringue cracked a little like mine here. We’re going to be covering it up later on anyway.

Filling:

  1. The filling should only be made 2 hours before serving. If it is place on top of the meringue shell for too long, the meringue will lose its crispiness and turn soggy.
  2. Using a whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream with the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract at high speed until soft speaks form. If not ready to serve, cover and refrigerate.
  3. Right before serving, pipe the filling onto the meringue shell. I made a shell border with 1M. Add sliced almonds.

    Whipped Cream filling
  4. Top with fruits.

Yummay!! My sister really liked it! She thought it was really gooood. The cake can’t keep for too long though! So finish it on your first sitting if you can.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all! How did you guys spend your Valentine’s? This year I decided to spend it the old-fashion way. Dinner and movie. In the afternoon, Tracy and I watched The Vow with Rachel McAdams. She’s such a cutie!! I’ve said this before, but if I ever woke up from a coma only to find out that Channing Tatum is my HUSBAND, I would probably not freak out. 😀

Later in the evening, Brad took me to a restaurant called Salmon and Bannock! Yum!! Love it! And will definitely go back…

Yay for V-day!

33 Comments Add yours

  1. BC says:

    The pavlova was very tasty! It was so nice a light on the inside. I hope your sister didn’t mind us gobbling up too much 😛

  2. Purely.. Kay says:

    wow.. this really looks delicious. I love the frosting on top of this and all of the fresh fruit as well. Just deliicous

  3. Anastasia says:

    Ohm, it looks divine! I should try it – it was made for a Russian ballerina after all! 😉

  4. Simply Tia says:

    Sam, you did a super amazing job! This cake is gorgeous and I think a perfect birthday treat! I bet it was uber delicious too. I’ve never had pavlova but just looking at your pics, I wanna go out and try it right now!

  5. Danelle says:

    What a gorgeous dessert!

  6. This looks absolutely beautiful! I may just have to make this for my daughter’s birthday this weekend!

  7. sugaredpecan says:

    What a stunning dessert!!! And it looks equally delicious. Just beautiful!!!

  8. junglefrog says:

    O that is gorgeous! I love pavlova (no matter where it originally is from..lol) and this looks just beautiful!

  9. delicio8 says:

    I just adore pavlova. It looks so elegant and there are so many things you can top it with. I’m sure your sister was delighted!

  10. samology says:

    Thanks Kay!! yeah! Whipped cream + fresh fruits make a great combination!

  11. samology says:

    lol! Oh yeah, that’s right. mmm.. Give it a try! It doesn’t need too many ingredients either!

  12. samology says:

    Awww! Thank you Tia!! Yeah, this is actually my second time trying the Pavlova! First time was store bought. haha.. They’re actually quite expensive considering the very few ingredients it requires!

  13. samology says:

    Thank you Danelle!! 🙂

  14. samology says:

    Aww!! I’m happy to hear that!! I hope your daughter will love it as much as my sister did! haha..

  15. samology says:

    Yup! Thank you for your compliment, Simone! I love pavlova too!! I also love that it’s low in carbs, and with so many fruits, it almost feels like a diet dessert! lol.

  16. samology says:

    Thank you for your compliment Donna!! That’s nice to hear! … I mean read! lol

  17. samology says:

    Thank you!!!! Yeah exactly!! The possibilities of fruit combinations are just endless! 🙂

  18. samology says:

    hehe of course not! Silly BB! Glad you liked it!

  19. foodjaunts says:

    This is a great idea! I love how it looks and can only imaging how light and wonderful it tasted since it’s meringue. I’ve never heard of Pavlova cake before, I’ll have to tyr it soon

  20. rsmacaalay says:

    Wow thats a really nice pavlova!

  21. Ambika says:

    I love pavlova and this looks delicious!!! Thanks for visiting my page and leaving such a sweet comment 🙂 You made my day!!

  22. Asmita says:

    This pavlova looks gorgeous! I really want to make pavlova for so long. Never tried making or haven’t tasted one. The look and sound of it is fab. I love the way you have decorated it with fruit on top. Lovely!!!

  23. I have been wanting to make my own pavlova – but haven’t gotten around to it. Yours looks great Sammie. Have a great week! 🙂

  24. samology says:

    haha. Yeah! What I love most about it is that it’s chewy and soft on the inside but crispy on the exterior! 🙂

  25. samology says:

    Thanks Raymond!!! Yours look pretty good too!!

  26. samology says:

    Awww!! Thank you!! I love visiting blogs and looking at pretty pictures of food, just like yours!! 🙂

  27. samology says:

    Thank you Asmita! I’m sure your pavlova would turn out fabulous!! Give it a try! 😀

  28. samology says:

    Thanks Yudith!!! You have a great week too!! I bet it will be filled with lots of delicious baking and cooking! 🙂

  29. Lora says:

    How beautiful! The fruit on top looks so luscious.

  30. samology says:

    Thanks Lora!! Yeah, I can’t live without fruits! I think that’s why I like having pavlova! I probably eat 5 fruits a day… lol..

  31. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Hi Sam! I didn’t know your blog back then… now I was browsing your site and found this cute heart shape pavlova! Pav LOVE a is a really cute way of saying it – good one! I’m impressed by your baking talent. I don’t even have 1/10 of your skills… 😉

  32. samology says:

    ooh! Looks like I missed this lovely comment! Thanks Nami! What are you talking about?! You make such awesome desserts too!! In fact, I’m hopping over to your blog now to prove that to you! lol

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