Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova Dessert

This Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova Dessert is actually easy to make plus it is SO beautiful and delicious! Vary the fruits for any season and you’ve got a seasonal winner.

Raspberry and Chocolate Pavlova Dessert on a White Cake Stand

I spied this recipe in an old cookbook on my shelves and while I had no idea what the Italian words meant, the look of the Raspberry Boccono Dolce was intriguing so I made it for a party. No one knew exactly what that was; turns out it’s Italian for this Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova dessert.

I later learned from an Italian speaking friend about the meaning of the Italian words boccone dolce and truer words were never spoken.

This dessert really is a ‘sweet mouthful.’ Lovely clouds of meringue layered with chocolate, whipped cream and berries. Oh my.

More commonly known as a Pavlova for the light layers of meringue mixed with whipped cream and berries, this dessert includes a layer of chocolate ganache and it is truly a stellar dessert for any holiday but this year I made it to share with friends I love on Valentine’s Day hence the red-hearted raspberries.

Equally stunning made with strawberries too. Both fabulously delicious!

It is so versatile though, don’t limit it to just one day a year…simply changing up the fruit can make it the perfect dessert for any holiday but seriously, why stop at holidays?

I had never made it with anything but raspberries until one summer when I served this peach and caramel version at a backyard barbecue.

I think my guests wanted to skip the burgers and head straight to dessert! So versatile and really so very, very good!

Slice of Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova Dessert on Chine with a Floral Border.

Beautiful to look at (more so BEFORE you slice it!), wonderful to eat; it’s a dessert you will love to present but the truth is…it’s pretty doggone easy too!

I think like a lot of foodie types, many of us were swept up in the Macaron Madness; those little French cookies that are light, beautiful and seemingly one of the best uses for egg whites imaginable.

Yes, I include myself in that madness and really, madness it was. They led to nothing but exasperation for me. I’ll stick with Coconut Macaroons, Meringue Cookies, and this beautiful and much easier to make dessert that people will think you slaved over for days!

So many factors influence the success of Macarons and since I can’t control humidity or altitude the results have been less than stellar. Not this though; it’s always been a huge success!

So no, I’ll probably never be tempted to make Macarons again (or angel food cake for that matter) but give me this Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova Dessert in a heartbeat!

The ease is real. The meringue layers are simply egg whites with sugar beaten to a stiff peak that are formed into circles and baked in a low oven and left to cool and dry. The rest is even easier, layers of meringue followed with whipped cream, drizzled chocolate, and berries; really how hard  could that be? Not hard at all.

I admit, I always love the oohs and aahs that this Raspberry Chocolate Dessert elicits; I’m the only one who knows how easy it is…a piece of cake compared to cake!

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Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova Dessert

Raspberry Boccone Dolce (Chocolate and Raspberry Pavlova) from Creative-Culinary.com
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Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova Dessert

A stunning dessert that is actually quite simple to prepare but will wow your guests!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 -8 Servings
Calories: 977kcal
Author: Barb

Ingredients

For the Meringues:

  • 8 eggs white at room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 cups sugar

For the Whipping Cream:

  • 4 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract

For the Chocolate and Raspberry layers

  • 8 ounces good chocolate chopped
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 to 1 ½ pints fresh raspberries

Instructions

Make the Meringues:

  • Beat egg whites until frothy. Add salt and cream of tartar, beating until stiff. Gradually add sugar continuing to beat until the meringue is stiff and glossy.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and trace 3 circles with cake pan (I used the bottom of my springform pan), each 8 or 9 inches in diameter.
  • Spread the meringue evenly over the circles and bake at 250 degrees for 35-50 minutes, or until the meringues are pale gold and still pliable. Turn off oven and leave in until ready to use or overnight.
  • When ready to use, carefully peel the paper from the bottom.
  • To Make the Pavlova
  • Melt the chocolate with the half and half over low heat and whisk until smooth. Remove 1/4 cup chocolate and reserve for drizzling top.
  • Divide evenly on top of each meringue and smooth; refrigerate until chocolate has hardened a bit.
  • Beat the cream; gradually adding the sugar. Add the vanilla and beat until quite stiff.
  • Place a small dollop of whipped cream on a serving plate and put one meringue on top.
  • Spread approximately 1/3 of whipped cream over the chocolate. Top with 1/3 of the fresh berries.
  • Repeat with a 2nd and 3rd layer; pipe some whipped cream on top of berries and garnish with a few that have been reserved.
  • Warm reserved chocolate if necessary and drizzle over entire cake using either a fork or a ziploc bag with a tiny snip taken off of a corner.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Notes

The longer you can let this dessert refrigerate before serving, the better. I recommend a 2 hour minimum but more is even better while making sure it is served the same day it is put together. That will give the soft and crunchy meringues time to absorb a bit of moisture and make cutting easier.
BUT note...as beautiful as it is and as much as we love it, the beauty of the presentation is certainly not in the individual slices. No matter; I promise no one will complain as they lick their plates clean!

Nutrition

Calories: 977kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 332mg | Sodium: 153mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 97g

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29 Comments

    1. I only make it if I’m having company and every single time they assume I’ve spent the entire day just on dessert. Shh…don’t tell OK. So much easier than it looks!

  1. Barb, I do believe that this is one of the most beautiful Pavlovas I’ve ever seen! Raspberry and dark chocolate is one of my favorite combinations too – a winner all around. And yes, pavlovas are easier than they look, and incredibly elegant.

    1. Thanks so much Laura; it’s why I love it so much too; just two of my favorites in one dish and they do seem made for each other, don’t they?

    1. Thank you Alisa; is there a dairy free product you can use for mimicking whipping cream? That would be perfect!

    1. Thank you Kristen; do try it; you will not regret it. I made another this summer with peaches and caramel sauce…it’s a very versatile dessert!

  2. What a gorgeous dessert! I agree about macaroons. I’ve actually personally never made them because they just seem like so much effort and I’ve personally never had one that I really thought was like “WOW i want to spend tons of time on them!” This on the other hand, I’d make in a heartbeat!

    1. I think you hit one nail on the head too Des; I’ve had some from good bakeries and just was not wowed enough either. Give me baked meringue any day! And trust me; you can make this dessert in less time. 🙂

    1. Make it! Seriously make those meringue circles tonight and tomorrow it’s all just whipped cream and some stacking! He will love you forever. I know…that is the promise but this will further seal the deal. 🙂

  3. Your pavlova is gorgeous! I am seriously smitten with them now since having finally made one ( or three since I had to test the recipe a few times ) and I can’t believe how incredibly easy they are yet SO fancy looking. And very very delicious.

  4. Macarons often leave me flat, too. Look great, but so often there is much taste there. Or even much there there, if you know what I mean. 🙂 This, however, has substance and presence — my kinda dessert!

    1. So true Anne-Marie. Once that knife goes in it’s all over! I took a couple of photos with the piece cut out and just that little bit of change in structure was evident. You won’t be seeing that photo on here! 🙂

  5. What a show-stopper of a dessert! My mother in law makes this dessert each time we visit England and I have yet to repeat it here at home. Yours is gorgeous!

    1. I honestly think it’s one of the easiest desserts I make and yet it looks like it took all day. Perfect right?

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