Individual Pavlova Nests

Individual Pavlova Nests are filled with fresh whipped cream and topped with an assortment of fruits. Add this delicate meringue nests to your Easter brunch dessert menu!

Individual Pavlova Nests with fresh fruit

Individual Pavlova Nests

The first time I made pavlova was for Ashley’s birthday celebration several years back, and it has been my go to dessert recipe when I want something that is special, looks impressive, and satisfies the sweet tooth without going overboard. 

Pavlovas have all of those qualities and are surprisingly easy to make.

I understand that there is a a debate as to where the dessert originated. Both Australia and New Zealand claims to be the original creators back in the 1920’s and 30’s.

New Zealand says that the dessert was created in honor of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova during one of her tours, and Australia claims that the dessert was invented much earlier by a hotel chef in Perth.

Regardless, the dessert is mostly known by it’s name Pavlova, although I also call this delicate meringue nests. 

Let’s just agree to call this sweet little treat scrumptious 🙂

Individual Pavlova Nests on a blue plate

Meringue Nests

The fun part about baking meringue is that once the egg whites are stiff you can pretty much shape them to whatever form you want before baking. Instead of making one large shell like I did in this Easy Pavlova Dessert.

I opted for small nests that holds pillows of fresh whipped cream and fresh fruits.

The meringue has a crunchy shell that melts in your mouth once you take a bite, and although these are delicate looking, they’re hearty enough to be picked up with your fingers.

I suggest using a fork to eat the fruit, and then pick up the little nest with your hands to finish it off.

Individual Pavlova Nests on a white plate

Fillings for Pavlova

Get creative by adding a variety of fillings to mini pavlovas:

  • lemon curd  – Easy filling with fresh lemon juice adding a slight tang to the sweet curd.
  • berry sauce  – Simple sauce with three different berries.
  • Yogurt
  • Fresh Whipped Cream 
  • Mascarpone Cream 
  • Fresh fruit assortment
Individual Pavlova Nests filled with fruit on a blue plate

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Small individual pavlova nests filled with fruit on a blue plate
Individual Pavlova Nests topped with fresh fruit

Individual Pavlova Nests

Delicate meringue nests filled with whipped cream and topped with fresh fruit.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert, Easter, sweets, whipped cream
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 16 Servings
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Sandra @ The Foodie Affair


Pavlova Nests

  • 5 Egg Whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar superfine (blend regular sugar if you don’t have superfine)

Whipped Cream Filing


  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. For same size nests, draw 3 inch circles on the parchment paper and turn the paper upside down.
  • Pavlova Nests
  • Beat the egg whites at medium speed until foamy. Add salt and cream of tarter, and beat at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Add sugar one tablespoon at a time and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Put meringue in a pastry bag with a decorator tip (I used Wilton 1M). Outline the nests and fill the bottoms with meringue. Build up the nests with two rows of meringue.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the nests are dry to the touch. Turn off the oven and leave the nests in the oven for 2 hours to continue to dry out.
  • Whipped Cream Filling
  • Beat the heavy cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla extract on high speed until soft peaks form. Pipe the filling into the nests.
  • Top with fruit and enjoy right away.


The nests can be made and stored in airtight containers for several days before serving. The whipped cream filling can be made a day before filling the nests. Assemble right before enjoying, so the whipped cream does not soften the meringue nests.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 32mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

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  1. Hey!
    Step 5 – are they supposed to feel hard at the end of baking? Or just dry to the touch? Do they harden with the 2 hrs left in the oven after?

  2. My friend made these for a girls white elephant event back in December and I still can’t get them off my mind. They were so good I had to hold myself back from eating them all! Haha

  3. Could you please clarify whether degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit for your readers in the recipe? I burnt my beautiful nests after presuming the temperature was in Celsius! Such a shame!

  4. Complete DISASTER !!! 225,I thought was a bit high,so cut it down to 200 .Was then informed that 225 was Farenheit ,my oven is Celsius…..
    This is not clear in the reciepe.

  5. Oh these look perfect for a Spring dessert. I had not heard of pavlova before but I do understand a meringue confection. I’m looking forward to the Mother’s Day brunch I plan and these would be bite size fun.

  6. Ooh, individual ones! I love it! Large ones look so gorgeous until you start serving it up, then it’s just a big mess! Yes, I am all for individual sized ones 🙂

    PS We made it. It’s from Australia! 😉 He he!