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Spiced Brown Sugar Pavlova with Whipped Cream Cheese, Gingerbread and Salted Caramel

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 8
Author: Swah


Spiced Brown Sugar Pavlova

  • 6 egg whites room temp
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

Salted Caramel

  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 120 ml water
  • ¾ cup thickened cream
  • 2 tsp sea salt

Whipped Cream Cheese

  • 250 g cream cheese
  • 250 ml thickened cream
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar

Crushed gingerbread biscuits (I used Pfeffernüsse)



    • Preheat oven to 150°C and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
    • Using an electric mixer, beat egg-whites until soft peaks form.
    • Gradually add the caster and brown sugar, beating well until the mixture is glossy and the sugar has dissolved.
    • Add the cornflour, vinegar and spices and beat until well combined.
    • Spoon mixture into 3 x 18-20cm circles. Using a palette knife, shape into a circle.
    • Place in the oven, reduce the heat to 120°C and cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
    • Then turn the oven off and allow the meringues to completely cool in the oven (at least an hour).

    Salted Caramel:

    • Dissolve the sugar into the water in a heavy bottomed saucepan and let it bubble away over a medium heat.
    • The mixture should turn a golden caramel colour after around 5-10 minutes. DON’T stir the caramel mixture – the sugar will crystallize.
    • Once the caramel has reached the desired colour, take it off the heat and add the salt and cream. Whisk until combined.

    Whipped Cream Cheese:

    • Whip the cream until stiff peaks form and then set aside.
    • In another bowl combine the cream cheese and icing sugar and beat until smooth.
    • Fold in the whipped cream and gently stir until combined.


    • Gently transfer the first layer of pavlova to a cake stand. Spread 1/3 of the whipped cream cheese over the top, followed by a scattering of crumbled gingerbread cookies, and a generous drizzle of the salted caramel.
    • Carefully put on the next layer of pavlova and repeat the cream, gingerbread and salted caramel process until you have three layers.
    • Enjoy!