Pavlova Layer Cake With Raspberries and Peaches

By Mary Claire Britton, Cooking Light

This wow-worthy pavlova cake is fit for any summer party. Layers of creamy-crunchy meringue hold seasonal fruit like sweet peaches and tangy raspberries for an ultra-refreshing treat that’s just 158 calories per serving.

Active Time

45 Mins

Total Time

2 Hours


Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)



  • 6 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • Dash of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 vanilla bean pod, halved lengthwise
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 tsp. cornstarch


  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon thyme leaves (or 1 1/2 tsp. thyme leaves and 1/2 tsp. lemon zest) (optional)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 large yellow peaches, peeled and thinly sliced (about 8 oz.)
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 1/3 cups plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • Lemon thyme sprigs, for garnish

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 250°F.

Step 2

Prepare meringues: Beat egg whites and salt with an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment on medium-high speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form.

Step 3

Scrape vanilla bean seeds from pod into a small bowl; discard pod. Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and half of the vanilla seeds in a second small bowl. Set aside remaining vanilla seeds. Gradually add sugar mixture to egg white mixture, beating on medium-high speed until stiff, shiny peaks form, about 5 minutes (do not overbeat).

Step 4

Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper, and spread meringue mixture into 3 (8-inch) circles on prepared baking sheets. Bake at 250°F 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn oven off, and open oven door just slightly. Let meringues stand in oven 30 minutes.

Step 5

Prepare filling: If using, combine lemon thyme leaves and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl; rub mixture together using your fingertips. Place peach slices in one bowl and raspberries in a second bowl. Sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over peaches and raspberries; toss each to combine.

Step 6

Whisk together yogurt, crème fraîche, remaining vanilla bean seeds, and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl until smooth.

Step 7

Assemble the pavlova cake: Place 1 meringue round on a cake stand or platter. Spread with a thin layer of yogurt mixture, and top with about three-fourths of the peaches. Top with second meringue round. Spread with a thin layer of yogurt mixture and top with about three-fourths of the raspberries. Top with third meringue round. Spread with remaining yogurt mixture, and arrange remaining peaches and raspberries on top of pavlova cake. Garnish with lemon thyme sprigs. Serve immediately.

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Cake Magazine: Pavlova Layer Cake With Raspberries and Peaches
Pavlova Layer Cake With Raspberries and Peaches
This wow-worthy pavlova cake is fit for any party.
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