Darina Allen’s Chocolate Meringue Gateau Recipe

Chocolate meringue gateau
Nearly 30 years on from the original Simply Delicious book and television series, Darina Allen brings together 100 of her timeless, tried and trusted recipes. To find out how to recreate her delicious chocolate meringue gateau, just keep on reading…

This recipe makes two layers of meringue but you can double the ingredients for a celebration cake or to make individual little meringues.

What you’ll need…

  • 2 organic, free-range egg whites
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 2 rounded teaspoons cocoa powder (Valrhona)

For the chocolate & rum cream…

  • 30g best-quality dark chocolate
  • 15g unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon Jamaican rum
  • 1 tablespoon double cream
  • 300ml softly whipped cream
  • 55g best-quality dark chocolate (for the chocolate wafers)


  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2.
  2. Mark 2 x 19cm circles on parchment paper. Check that the bowl is dry, spotlessly clean and free of grease. Put the egg whites into the bowl and add 110g sieved icing sugar all at once; whisk for about 10 minutes until the mixture forms stiff, dry peaks. Sift together the cocoa and the remaining 15g sieved icing sugar and fold in very gently. Spread into circles with a palette knife and bake immediately in the oven for 45 minutes or until just crisp. Leave to cool completely then peel off the paper.
  3. Meanwhile, very gently melt the chocolate with the rum and 1 tablespoon of cream, or in a bowl over simmering water. Cool and add 2 tablespoons of whipped cream into the chocolate. Mix well, then fold that into the remaining softly whipped cream; don’t stir too much or it may curdle.
  4. To make the chocolate wafers, melt the chocolate in a bowl over barely simmering water. Stir until quite smooth. Spread on a non-stick baking mat or heavy baking tray. Put into a cold place until stiff enough to cut into square or diamond shapes.
  5. Sandwich the two meringue discs together with most of the chocolate and rum cream and add rosettes on top. Decorate with the chocolate wafers and a sprinkling of cocoa.
  6. Enjoy!


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