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Boozy Chocolate Mocha Pavlova cake | DonalSkehan.com, A great alternative to a traditional Christmas cake but just as good any day of the year!
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Boozy Chocolate Mocha Pavlova cake

December 21

If you’re a little disorganised, like me this Christmas, and haven’t been soaking your Christmas cake since October, then you might be on the lookout for a cheat’s Christmas dessert. This very simple boozy pavlova cake is full of Christmas cheer and can be made earlier and assembled at the last minute. You can play around with the fillings, use winter berries or drizzle with dulche de leche… it’s the perfect way to end a celebratory meal.

  • time 60 mins
  • serves Serves 8
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Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 150˚C/300˚F/Gas Mark 2. Line two baking trays with baking parchment. Draw a large circle 25cm/10inch on each piece of parchment paper.
  2. Place the icing sugar and egg whites in a standing food mixer and whisk on high for 10 minutes until glossy white peaks form. Using a spatula, gently fold in the cocoa powder, espresso powder, cornflour and the white wine vinegar. Divide the meringue mixture between the two baking trays and using a tablespoon, form two large meringue discs.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  4. Whip the cream until quite firm, make sure to not over-whipping it, then fold through the brandy.
  5. Assemble the pavlova by placing a layer on a cake stand and topping with half the cream. Add the next layer of meringue and then top with the remaining cream. Sprinkle over the chocolate shavings and serve straight away.

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Ingredients

2 cups icing sugar

4 large free-range egg whites

2 tsps of cornflour

1 tsp of white wine vinegar

3 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp espresso powder

3 cups of cream, whipped

3 tbsp brandy

3.5 oz dark chocolate, shavings

250g icing sugar

4 large free-range egg whites

2 tsps of cornflour

1 tsp of white wine vinegar

3 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp espresso powder

750ml of cream, whipped

3 tbsp brandy

100g dark chocolate, shavings

 

You'll Need

Baking trays x 2

Parchment paper

Stand along mixer or hand held whisk

Large mixing bowl

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