Meringue stack with cheesecake filling

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The best part of this impressive dessert is that the meringue and lemon curd can be prepared in advance.

Makes 1 x 23cm cake

Preparation time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Baking time: 1 hour

Oven temperature: 120°C

• mint leaves

• raspberries or other ripe berries

• granadilla pulp


• 6 egg whites

• a few drops lemon juice

• 240 g (300 ml) sugar

• 70 g (125 ml) flour

• 200 g nuts (we used pecans), finely chopped


• 6 egg yolks, whisked

• 200 g (250 ml) sugar

• 125 ml lemon juice

• zest of 1 lemon

• 125 g butter, melted

1 Preheat the oven. Whisk the egg whites and lemon juice for the meringue layers until soft peaks form. Whisk the sugar, a spoonful at a time, until well combined and glossy. Fold in the flour and nuts carefully. Divide the mixture between three sheets of baking paper and spread out to form rough circles each with a diameter of 23cm (draw guidelines with pen on the back of the baking paper if you prefer). Bake for 1 hour and allow to cool in the oven.

2 Whisk the egg yolks and sugar for the lemon curd in a microwave-safe bowl until well blended. Now whisk in the lemon juice, zest and butter until well mixed. Microwave for 1 minute at a time, whisking well after each minute until the mixture is thick and smooth. This takes 6–10 minutes, depending on your microwave. Spoon into a clean jar and allow to cool. This mixture can keep in a refrigerator for up to two weeks.

3 When you are ready to assemble the cake, whisk the cream and icing sugar together until stiff. Whisk the cream cheese and lemon juice until just combined, then fold the cream into it. If the cream cheese is too stiff, whisk lightly but not too much.

4 Spread a thick layer of cream cheese filling onto each meringue layer, followed by a generous helping of lemon curd. Draw a spoon through the two layers to create a marble effect. Place the layers on top of each other and garnish with mint leaves, berries and granadilla pulp (you can also add berries and mint leaves to the various layers if desired). Leave to stand for about 30 minutes before you tuck in.

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