Literary-ly Inspired: Lola’s create your own pavlova + Piece of Cake by Kate Forster

When I saw that strawberries and blueberries were on special at the grocery store the other day, I got an overwhelming urge to make my own Lola style pavlova from Kate Forster’s Piece of Cake. 

There’d also be a classic pavlova with a selection of toppings for the customers to create their own perfect desserts.

“They’ll get little bowls of crumbled peppermint crisp, summer berries, passionfruit pulp, little chocolate chips – milk, white and dark – and then, finally, salted toffee shards.”


I think the beauty with this dessert is that it’s as easy or as complicated as you want to make it. I choose to buy everything pre-made. The supermarket was out of merengue nests so I just bought mini meringues and put a handful in each bowl.

My initial ingredients:

I had:

  • Mini meringues
  • apple
  • bananas
  • kiwi fruit
  • passionfruit
  • Peppermint crisp bars
  • lemon curd (which I didn’t end up using)
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • chocolate (which I didn’t end up using either)
  • whipped cream (that I also didn’t end up using)

I chopped all the fruit and put in the meringue and peppermint crisp (which I’ve never had before but are very tasty) and thought it was sweet enough. I think that’s one of the benefits of getting to pick and choose what you want. I love pavlova type desserts with bananas in them. And the apple was my own addition cause I had some in the kitchen.

Ta-dah! My Lola inspired dessert.

It wasn’t until I was washing up after dinner that I realized that I forgot to include the salted caramel shards that I made (using this recipe). But I think that just gives me an excuse to make this again 😀

It may not be as pretty as a Lola creation but I like to think she’d be proud of me 😛


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