What is Pavlova Cake?

What is Pavlova

What is a Pavlova Cake?

Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. Unlike other meringue desserts which are usually hard and crunchy all the way through, Pavlova is instead crispy on the outside with a marshmellowly soft inside. Topped with fresh fruit, whipped cream and occasionally chocolate.

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Why is the dessert called Pavlova?

The pavlova meringue cake was named after the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who toured New Zealand and Australia in 1926. Both New Zealand and Australia have laid claim to the invention, but there is more to the story below.

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Anna Pavlova New Zealand Tour

(Anna Pavlova, posing in front of a flock or sheep on her tour in New Zealand in 1926)

Is Pavlova New Zealand or Australian?

Its neither. Recently, independent research was undertaken to finally settle the dispute between both countries on who invented the dessert. They discovered that the first ever recorded 'Pavlova' recipe was in 1918 and came from neither NZ or Australian origin. They concluded the pavlova recipe originated in Europe and the US.

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Check out this delicious Strawberry Pavlova Cake Recipe