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Lemon Poppy Seed Pavlova Cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Pavlova Cake

This sugar free Lemon Poppy Seed Pavlova Cake is a show stopper! It is stunning! Just make sure to take photos before you cut into it because pavlova cakes taste delicious but crumble once you cut into them!

I’m always experimenting with protein sparing recipes and this Lemon Poppy Seed Pavlova cake is perfect for those of you looking to add protein without a lot of fat.

There are two options for this Lemon Poppy Seed Pavlova cake. You can use my lemon curd filling or if you want to add even more protein and lower the fat to make this into a protein sparing pavlova cake, you can use my very popular protein sparing egg pudding recipe. I had recipe testers test out this protein sparing lemon pudding recipe and it is great for filling this pavlova cake with.

I like to add collagen into my Lemon Poppy Seed Pavlova Cake for an extra punch of health.

I love using collagen for the multiple benefits and we are picky about what brand of collagen I use. You all know that products are not always created equal and that is the same with collagen brands. That is why we use Further Foods collagen and gelatin. The quality and potency is the highest you can find!

Further Foods has an amazing Vanilla Collagen peptide with Beauty Mushroom!

Here are some details about Further Foods Vanilla Collagen:

  • This expert developed collagen blend combines their high quality grass-fed, pasture-raised collagen peptides with vanilla & beauty-boosting mushroom. It’s keto approved, sugar free, and has 0g of net carbs, 0g of sugar! (note, if doing carnivore, I would stick with the plain collagen)
  • Daily use of collagen peptides can help reduce wrinkles, promote youthful radiant skin, strengthen hair & nails, build stronger bones, and support gut health.
  • 100% CLEAN INGREDIENTS: The ONLY vanilla protein powder made with 100% real food ingredients. And it is sweetened with monk fruit, one of our favorite sweeteners.
  • It’s super easy to use! Add 1-2 scoops of this vanilla goodness to warm almond milk or water to make a delicious drink.

Click HERE to find my favorite collagen and gelatin from Further Foods

and use code MARIAMINDBODY get a great discount of 20% off! 

Click HERE to learn more about Protein Sparing Modified Fasting.

Lemon Poppy Seed Pavlova Cake

Maria Emmerich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Dairy Free, Dessert, Nut Free, PSMF Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 166


  • 10 large egg whites room temp
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered erythritol or powdered allulose
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Redmond Real salt
  • 2 scoops Further Food Vanilla Collagen use code MARIAMINDBODY for 20% off
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • Zest from 1 lemon


  • 1 cup Natural Sweetener or erythritol and 1 tsp stevia glycerite
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
  • 8 tablespoons coconut oil or butter if not dairy free


  • 10 large hard boiled egg whites or scrambled egg whites
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or hemp milk if nut free (only use 1/4 cup if using scrambled whites)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup powdered erythritol or equivalent amount of liquid or powdered sweetener
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • teaspoon Redmond Real salt


  • 1 pint fresh raspberries


  • Preheat oven to 200 °F.
  • Draw three 9 inch circles with a marker on a piece of parchment paper. Flip the paper over so you aren’t placing the cake onto ink. Place the parchment onto a large baking sheet. Set aside.
  • Place the egg whites, sweetener, salt and cream of tartar into a stand mixer (or large bowl) and mix on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes. Add the Further Foods collagen, poppy seeds and lemon zest and stir to combine. Room temperature eggs will whip better and faster.
  • Evenly distribute the meringue mixture onto the three circles on parchment paper. Form the mixture into three cake layers that are 1 inch high circles that are evenly shaped. Flatten the top so the layers sit on top of each other easily when you assemble the cake.
  • Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 3 hours. After 3 hours, turn the oven off and allow the meringue to dry in the oven.
  • Meanwhile make the filling.
  • For Lemon Curd: Combine natural sweetener, lemon juice, 4 eggs and lemon peel in heavy medium saucepan and whisk to blend; add coconut oil. Whisk constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens and coats back of spoon thickly (do not boil), about 12 minutes. Pour mixture through strainer into medium bowl. Place bowl in larger bowl filled with ice water and whisk occasionally until lemon curd is cooled completely, about 15 minutes. Can be made 1 day ahead.
  • For Protein Sparing Filling: Place all the ingredients into a blender and puree until very smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness to your liking.
  • Place the bowl in the fridge until cakes are cooled.
  • To assemble, place the one meringue layer on a cake platter. Use a piping bag if you want to be fancy (or use a knife) to spread 1/3 of the lemon curd filling over the first layer. Top with a layer of raspberries. Repeat with remaining cake, filling and raspberries.
  • Photograph your cake now because once it is cut, it isn't as beautiful, but it tastes great! Use a very sharp knife to cut into slices and serve.


Protein Sparing Version:
60 calories, 0.5g fat, 8g protein, 6g carbs, 3g fiber
P:E ratio: 2.3


Calories: 166 | Fat: 14g | Protein: 7g | Carbohydrates: 6g | Fiber: 3g | P:E Ratio: 0.4



“Hi Maria Emmerich!
5/2019 on the left = 329 lbs , multiple medications, diagnosed with hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, poor self esteem , insomnia
5/2021 on the right = 116 lbs, NO medications, no more diabetes, no more hypertension, self esteem maxed out , sleeping and happier
Keto changed my life!“ – Kim

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Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Sheila Mclellan says:

    How do I know what to set my macros to accurately ? I’ve tried several different apps and they are all different.
    This is so confusing 😕.
    I’ve purchased 3 of your books so far, but haven’t had a chance to sit and look through them all yet. I just want so desperately bad to succeed in this keto diet adventure.
    I have to lose weight, I can’t stand myself in the mirror 😩.
    I’m 5’3
    And I want to get to 135 lbs
    My BMI 29.6

  • Marydee says:

    If I don’t have vanilla collagen, can I use unflavored collagen & add vanilla extract? And how much extract?

  • marijksels says:

    Looks divine! I can’t get the vanilla collageen, can I substitute for egg white protein (and vanilla extract) ? And how much will that be? No idea how much a scoop contains 😉

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Yes, just add a 1/2 teaspoon or so vanilla extract. 🙂

      • marijksels says:

        Thnx! But I actually meant : how much protein powder 😉 How many gram is 1 scoop?

        • Maria Emmerich says:

          Same amount as listed above. 🙂

          • marijksels says:

            Maybe I’m stupid and sorry for bottering you… Because I don’t have the right collagen, I also don’t have the scoop that’s in it. So I have no clue of how big 1 scoop is. Sorry English isn’t my foreign laguage, so maybe I wasn’t very clear.

          • Maria Emmerich says:

            I think it is about 2 tablespoons. But you can go by weight as one scoop is 9 grams. 🙂

          • marijksels says:

            You are awesome! Thanks!

  • Angela Fountain says:

    This maybe a stupid question, but how do you hard boil egg whites? Do you boil the whole egg then separate?

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Yes, boil whole egg and separate. But you can also use whites from a carton and cook them (scramble or cook in microwave) and that will work too.

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