Closeup of Classic Pavlova topped with fresh berries and mint on a white background

Classic Pavlova

This Classic Pavlova is a naturally gluten-free dessert made with three simple ingredients: egg whites, sugar, and vanilla. Top it with homemade whipped cream or dairy-free whipped cream and fresh berries for a stunning dessert.

4.67 from 6 votes
Closeup of Classic Pavlova topped with fresh berries and mint on a white background
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Classic Pavlova

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Cool Time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian/New Zealand
Servings: 8
Calories: 105kcal


For the pavlova:

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup (200 g) caster sugar or granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 mL) pure vanilla extract

For the toppings:

  • Homemade whipped cream (or dairy-free whipped cream)
  • Fresh berries
  • Fresh mint leaves , for garnish
  • Lemon zest , for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whip the egg whites on medium-high speed using a handheld or stand mixer.
  • Add in the granulated sugar slowly – it should take 2-3 minutes to add all the sugar. Once all the sugar is added, add the vanilla extract and whip until stiff peaks form.
  • Transfer the mixture to the baking sheet and use a spoon or offset spatula to create a well in the center.
  • Bake for 90 minutes or until the pavlova is firm and dry in the center but not brown on top.
  • Turn off the oven and leave the pavlova to cool inside – about 1-2 hours.
  • Pipe or spoon the whipped cream onto the cooled pavlova and top with fresh berries, mint leaves, and lemon zest. Enjoy immediately.


Note: The pavlova shell can be made up to one day in advance but make sure to add the toppings just before serving so it doesn’t get soggy.


Nutrition Facts
Classic Pavlova
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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