Lemon Curd Pavlova

A fresh and summery pavlova served with whipped cream and lemon curd. A perfect combination for summer! Recipe with step-by-step photos.

lemon curd pavlova on white plate

Easy Pavlova Recipe

As an Australian, I am quite impartial to the pavlova. To me, nothing is more welcoming than the sight of a tall and magnificent pavlova adorned with lashings of cream and topped with fruit.

Quite often, and especially in summer, my go-to topping for pavlova is simply whipped cream and fresh passionfruit.

lemon curd pavlova with toasted almonds

Gluten-Free Dessert

One reason why I make pavlova quite often is because it happens to be one of the easiest and tastiest gluten-free desserts I know of.

In fact, I make pavlova so often for my gluten-intolerant friends that I have had to come up with different ways of serving pavlova so that I am not always serving them the same thing.

And that is how I stumbled onto this delicious Lemon Curd Pavlova.

lemon curd pavlova on marble table

Lemon Curd Pavlova

The idea for this pavlova with lemon curd comes from one of my favourite cookbook authors, Nigella Lawson.

I had made a big batch of lemon curd one weekend for brunch and was looking for ways to serve it during the week, when I remembered that Nigella had the wonderful idea of pairing it with a pavlova.

And it works so well because the sweetness of the meringue base (which is essentially what a pavlova is) is off-set by the tartness of the lemon curd.

The toasted flaked almonds are also a must as they provide a nice contrast in texture to the cream and lemon curd.

lemon curd pavlova with cream and toasted almonds on marble board

How to Make Pavlova

Step 1

I recommend using an electric stand mixer or an electric hand-held beater for best results when making a pavlova.

Make sure the egg whites are at room temperature before using, so that they whip up nicely.

Place the egg whites into a large, clean bowl that is free from any grease.

mixing bowl with egg whites

Step 2

Whisk the egg whites until they have tripled in volume and form soft peaks.

Soft peaks mean that, when you lift the beaters, the mixture forms a peak which falls over softly.

At this stage, the beaten egg whites should look very soft and foamy.

whisked egg whites in mixing bowl with beaters on the side

Step 3

Add the sugar, one spoon at a time, until the egg whites transform into a thick and glossy mixture, and stiff peaks form.

Stiff peaks mean that, when you lift the beaters, the mixture forms a peak which holds its shape.

Make sure the sugar has been completely dissolved, and you can test this by simply rubbing a bit of mixture in between your finger tips.

pavlova mixture in mixing bowl with whisk

Step 4

Add the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla. A few rotations of the stand mixer should be enough to mix in these ingredients.

The final pavlova mixture should be thick and firm, and it should hold its shape when you start piling it on the baking tray.

If the pavlova mixture is soft and runny, and you are unable to shape it into a high pavlova because the mixture keeps sliding, it means that you may have overbeaten the eggwhites or that you added the sugar too soon.

whisking egg whites to stiff peaks

Step 5

Shape the pavlova on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

I recommend that you smooth the top of the pavlova so that it is relatively flat. This is so the whipping cream and any toppings which you add later can sit nicely on top the pavlova.

If your pavlova is domed in shape, and cream and toppings which you add later will quickly slide off.

uncooked pavlova on baking tray

Step 6

Place the pavlova into the oven at 180°C/350°F.

Immediately turn down the temperature to 150°C/300°F.

Let the pavlova bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and do not open the oven door during this time.

After the baking time, turn off the oven, and leave the pavlova to cool inside the closed oven for at least 2-3 hours, or preferably overnight.

More Tips on Making Pavlova

For more tips on making pavlova, including troubleshooting, please see my post for Pavlova with Cream and Passionfruit.

How to Make Lemon Curd

Making lemon curd from scratch take about 10 minutes and it is so easy!

To make your own lemon curd, please see my recipe for lemon curd with step-by-step photos.

how to make lemon curd

More Pavlova Recipes

If you are looking for more pavlova recipes, you might also like:

Chocolate Pavlova with Chestnut Purée

Mont Blanc Chocolate Pavlova

Pavlova with Cream & Passionfruit

lemon curd pavlova on marble board

Lemon Curd Pavlova

5 from 9 reviews

  • Resting Time: 3 hours
  • Author: Thanh | Eat, Little Bird
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 75 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3 -4
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Australian

A fresh and summery pavlova served with whipped cream and lemon curd. A perfect combination for summer! Recipe with step-by-step photos.


For the Pavlova

For the Topping

  • 250 ml (1 cup) double cream (heavy whipping cream)
  • 3/4 cup lemon curd (see Kitchen Notes below)
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds, lightly toasted


To Make the Pavlova

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F (without fan).
  2. Using a standmixer or electric beaters, whisk the egg whites in a large, clean bowl until they have tripled in volume and soft peaks form.
  3. Turn the speed down to low and slowly add the caster sugar, one spoon at a time until the sugar is well incorporated. As you add the sugar, the mixture will start to become thick and glossy, and stiff peaks will form when you lift the beaters.
  4. Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Rub a bit of the mixture between your fingertips to test if the sugar has been fully dissolved; if you don’t feel any grains of sugar, move onto the next step.
  6. Add the cornflour, white wine vinegar, and vanilla extract. I do this on low speed with the stand mixer for only 2 to 3 rotations (about 1 second).
  7. Line a baking tray with baking paper and spoon the pavlova mixture onto the tray into a round shape. I like to dollop the mixture on top of each other into a high pile, and to then shape the pavlova from there – using this method ensures that your pavlova will have some height.
  8. Use a palette knife to shape the sides of the pavlova and to slightly flatten the top. The pavlova will expand and rise once cooked, so shape it to be on the slightly smaller side. 
  9. Place the pavlova in the oven and immediately turn the temperature down to 150°C/300°F (without fan).
  10. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Do not open the oven door during this time.
  11. After 1 hour and 15 minutes, turn off the oven and leave the oven door closed so the pavlova can cool down completely. You should leave the pavlova in the oven for at least 2-3 hours, but overnight (12-18 hours) is best.

To Serve

  1. The pavlova should be decorated only just before serving.
  2. Place the pavlova onto a large plate or cake platter.
  3. Whip the double cream until it is thick and soft.
  4. Spread a generous layer of the lemon curd over the pavlova.
  5. Spread the cream over the lemon curd.
  6. Sprinkle generously with the toasted flaked almonds.
  7. Serve immediately.

Kitchen Notes

* Making lemon curd is easy with this lemon curd recipe with step-by-step photos.
* But you could also use a good-quality store-bought lemon curd. In which case, I suggest tasting it first for sweetness and adding maybe a squeeze or two of fresh lemon juice.

To make a slightly larger pavlova, I recommend the following recipe:
4 egg whites
240 g (1 cup plus 1 tablespoon) caster sugar (superfine sugar)
2 teaspoons cornflour (cornstarch)
1 1/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

This recipe is inspired by the Lemon Pavlova from Nigella Lawson.

All recipes on this website state temperatures for a regular oven (i.e. a conventional oven without fan). If you have a convection oven with a fan, please consult the manufacturer’s handbook on how to adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly.

To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 441
  • Sugar: 55.3g
  • Sodium: 661.mg
  • Fat: 27.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 59.5g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 67.2mg

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment below and share your photos by tagging @eatlittlebird on Instagram and using #eatlittlebird


Shop this recipe

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Nikki Moranville 23 October 2019

    Can’t wait until the rain stops and I can try this! Glad you’re back! I missed hearing from you!!!

    • Eat, Little Bird 24 October 2019

      Ah thank you!! I have lots of new recipes in the pipeline 🙂 Thanks for popping by!

  2. Madeleine 16 January 2020

    Wow, this pavlova was amazing!! My family ate it up in seconds. I followed your tips and this was the tallest pavlova I had ever made! Love your site.

  3. Naomi Hass 9 April 2021

    I’m going to take it out of the oven in the morning, but then where should I leave it until the evening? Fridge or counter? Covered or not?

    • Eat, Little Bird 9 April 2021

      Hi Naomi,
      You can leave the pavlova on the counter in a cool place, uncovered, until you are ready to decorate it. Hope you will enjoy this recipe!

  4. Amy 9 May 2021

    I made this lemon pavlova for Mother’s Day and it was so beautiful and delicious. Easy to follow recipe and I have some leftover lemon curd for my breakfast tomorrow.

  5. Nick 24 December 2021

    Great take on a fantastic KIWI dish 😀

  6. Amanda 15 April 2022

    I made this a few years ago and it was absolutely delicious. My daughter in law reminded me of this pavlova and asked me to make it again this weekend. I can’t wait!

  7. Lisa 16 April 2022

    This is such a beautiful recipe. I never tried to make my own lemon curd before but it was so easy with your recipe. It was perfect with this pavlova.

  8. Marcus 16 April 2022

    Fantastic recipe for pavlova and lemon curd. This went amazingly well with the roast lamb we had for lunch. I’ll definitely be making this pav again soon!

  9. Jolanda 17 April 2022

    This is the most delicious pavlova I have eaten in a long time. Exquisite!

  10. Aimee 29 April 2022

    This is such a beautiful pavlova recipe! The meringue goes so well with the lemon curd and toasted almonds.

  11. Anna James 9 May 2022

    This was a beautiful recipe for Mother’s Day! My mother loves pavlova but we always serve it with whipped cream and fruit. This was something a bit different and we all loved the lemon curd topping. Absolutely delicious.

  12. Katie Lee 29 August 2022

    I have made pavlova before but your tips were such a help, my pavlova didn’t crack and it was crispy all over with a lovely chewy center. The combination with lemon curd was just divine.

  13. Erin 5 August 2023

    Is there a change in baking time if you make the larger size for 4-6 people?

    • Eat, Little Bird 5 August 2023

      Hi Erin,
      No, the baking time is the same for the larger pavlova for 4-6 people. Although it is a slightly larger pavlova, it doesn’t need a longer baking time. Hope you will enjoy this recipe!