Can You Freeze Pavlova? How?


Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Pavlova? 

Yes, you can freeze pavlova, and it can last in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. The key to freezing pavlova is to make sure that it is thoroughly wrapped and protected from being exposed to air or freezer burns. You can freeze them in freezer-safe air-tight containers, Ziploc bags, or double wrapped in foil paper. 

Here is the most comprehensive guide on all you need to know about freezing pavlova for a couple of months. 

I have these methods and tips to work like a charm. 

So, let’s get right into it. 

How to Freeze Pavlova?

How to Freeze Pavlova?

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

The best way to freeze pavlova is to flash freeze it first and then wrap it up and freeze it in a freezer-safe container.


  • Pavlova
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper


  • Cling Wrap
  • Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container


    1. Cool It: Once the pavlova is made, let it cool down to room temperature before you get to work with it.

    2. Transfer Onto Tray: Place the pavlova base on a baking sheet (or any tray that fits in your freezer) line with parchment paper.

    3. Flash Freeze: Leave the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours to let the pavlova freeze solid. Leave the tray covered if there is stuff in the freezer that gives off an odor.

    4. Wrap It Up: Cover the pavlova with some cling wrap or parchment paper.

    5. Pack and Seal: Transfer the wrapped pavlova into a freezer-safe air-tight container and seal them in.

    6. Label and Freeze: Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the pavlova.

reezing the Pavlova after Double Wrapping Them

Time Taken: 10 – 15 minutes 

What you will need: 

  • Pavlova 
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper 
  • Cling Wrap 
  • Foil Paper 
  • Freezer-Safe Plate or Cake Board

If you can’t find the right container or don’t want to squish it into a Ziploc bag, you could opt for this method instead.

Prep and Cool

Once you make the pavlova, let it cool down to room temperature.

Transfer and Flash Freeze

Place the cooled pavlova on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and leave it in the freezer for a couple of hours and flash freeze it.

Double Wrap

Place the frozen pavlova on a freezer-safe plate or cake board. Wrap it with some cling wrap and then foil paper.

Label and Freeze

Add a label on the package and then leave it in the freezer till you need it next.

How to Freeze Pavlova Roulade? 

Time Taken: 5 – 10 minutes 

What you will need: 

  • Pavlova Roulade 
  • Parchment Paper or Cling Wrap 
  • Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container 

Since this dish is served cold, it is great when frozen, and you can follow these simple steps to freeze them for a couple of months.

Wrap It Up

Thoroughly wrap the pavlova roulade with parchment paper or some cling wrap, making sure to leave no part of it exposed to air.

Pack and Seal

Transfer the wrapped pavlova roulade into a freezer-safe air-tight container and seal them in.

Label and Freeze

Add a label on the container with the best before date, and you are good to go.

How Long Can You Freeze Pavlova? 

You can freeze pavlova for up to 3 months. But keep in mind that the pavlova is a fragile dish and the high sugar content makes it tricky to freeze well.

So, the longer it stays in the freezer, the more its texture will change. So, it is best to use it sooner rather than later.

Air is the enemy when it comes to freezing pavlova so, take extra care to wrap it up thoroughly and keep it protected from being exposed to air or freezer burns. 

To keep the pavlova fresh for longer in the freezer it is best to freeze just the base and then add the decorations and toppings after you have defrosted it.

How to Store Frozen Pavlova? 

You can store frozen pavlova in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag.

You could also freeze it on a cake board or tray after double wrapping it in cling wrap and foil paper. The key is to keep it stored as air-tight as possible. 

Among the options, the freezer-safe container is the best choice. The pavlova, even when frozen is fragile and can get easily squished or crushed by other stuff in the freezer if you are not careful.

So, it is best to keep it in a sturdy container rather than take chances with a Ziploc bag or foil paper wrap.

How to Defrost Pavlova? 

The best way to defrost the frozen pavlova is to leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight and let it thaw gradually.

If you are freezing pavlova roulade, you needn’t thaw it for long and can serve it when it is still cold.

You could also leave the pavlova on the kitchen counter for a couple of hours, and it will thaw out faster. 

Make sure to unwrap the pavlova before you thaw it so that the condensation does not seep into the pavlova. Also, it is recommended to wrap it in a paper towel for best results.

Can You Refreeze Pavlova? 

No, it is strongly recommended not to refreeze pavlova. The texture of the pavlova changes, and it can get more sticky with each repeated freezing and thawing. 

To avoid having to refreeze or waste the delicate dessert once it thaws, you can portion it beforehand by slicing it into pieces that you would like to serve.

Then wrap the pieces separately so that it is easy for you to take out just the right number of pieces and seal the rest back in the freezer. 

Does Pavlova Freeze Well? 

As long as it is wrapped thoroughly and is protected from being exposed to freezer burns, the pavlova freezes quite well.

Although it can change in texture slightly, once you thaw it and add the toppings, it would taste just as good as a freshly baked version. 

But keep in mind that the pavlova is quite fragile even when frozen. So, take care to keep it away from being crushed or damaged by other stuff in the freezer. 


Can you freeze decorated pavlova? 

Although you can, it is best recommended not to freeze the pavlova after it is decorated. The fruits or cream can make the pavlova go soft once it freezes and thaws.

Instead, you can freeze the pavlova base and fruits or toppings separately and then assemble them once you are ready to eat.

Bottom Line 

I hope this article helped you freeze the delicate pavlova recipe for a long while. 

If you have any doubts or would like to share freezing tips and methods of your own, it would be lovely to hear from you. 

Feel free to share this article with your family and friends who love this dessert. 

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About Nancy Miller

Nancy is a foodie by heart and loves experimenting with food. She likes to experiment not only as part of academics but also as a cook at home, sometimes she does not get the desired outcome of these experiments though! But that doesn't stop her from trying more out-of-the-box things. When Nancy entered college, it became clear to her that food was going to be an important part of her life.

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