Cherry Chocolate Eton Mess

by Kate on July 1, 2013

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Eton Mess where have you been all my life? Seriously. Before this month’s First on the First challenge, I’d never eaten or made Eton Mess. After having had it, it makes me so sad that I’ve missed out on 35 years of eating this amazing dessert. Obviously, I’m a huge dessert person but this is one that truly made me swoon and savor.

So what is Eton Mess? If you aren’t familiar, traditionally it is a mixture of strawberries, cream and meringue and the end result is well, a mess. For my version I decided to embrace the all too short cherry season and what goes better with cherries than chocolate?  I also layered mine a bit which still looks messy enough without everything being all mixed together. Homemade vanilla bean meringues are crumbled and tucked in between layers of drunken cherries, chopped dark chocolate and fresh whipped cream. Bite after bite, I never wanted it to end. It’s a good thing I served these in little jars otherwise I would have been in some serious trouble.

Cherry Chocolate Eton Mess 3

Often in the summer I make my Cherry Amaretto Tart thanks to the repeated requests. When I was thinking about my version of Eton Mess, I remembered the cherries from that lovely mascarpone tart and that’s when I knew if I simmered fresh cherries with amaretto, it would definitely be a winning combination. The crispness of the meringue paired with the smooth whipped cream and sweet cherries is summer dessert heaven. If you’ve never had Eton Mess before, trust me it’s an experience you won’t want to miss. This is surely something I’ll be making again and again.

Next month, we’ll give pickling a try! Carrie and I can’t wait to see your pickles or pickled somethings.



Cherry Chocolate Eton Mess

1 hour, 45 minutes

Cherry Chocolate Eton Mess

Homemade vanilla bean meringues are crumbled and tucked in between layers of drunken Amaretto cherries, chopped dark chocolate and fresh whipped cream in this spin on Eton Mess.


  • 1/2 cup egg whites (from about 4 large eggs)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped and bean reserved
  • Cherries
  • 2 cups fresh pitted, halved cherries
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup amaretto
  • Assembly:
  • 2 cups cream
  • 2 Tbl sugar
  • 2 cups meringue crumbles
  • 1 cup roughly chopped dark chocolate
  • Cherries from above


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Add the egg whites and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Place bowl over a pot of simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar has dissolved and the egg whites are warm.
  3. Fit the bowl into the base of stand mixer and add the cream of tartar. Whip on low speed and slowly increase until stiff glossy peaks are achieved, about 10 minutes. Add the salt and vanilla bean seeds. Whip just to combine.
  4. Fill a pastry bag and pipe 1 inch circles onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour, until completely dry. If meringue starts to color, reduce oven temperature. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet on a wire rack.
  5. Cherries:
  6. In a medium saucepan, stir together cherries, cinnamon, sugar, amaretto and reserved split vanilla bean. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Continue simmering until thick and syrupy, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool completely. Once cool, remove vanilla bean.
  7. Assembly:
  8. Place cream and sugar into a bowl and whip to soft peaks. In one large bowl or 6 small dishes, layer whipped cream then sprinkle with some meringue crumbles. Top with cherries and a sprinkle of chopped chocolate. Repeat with remaining ingredients.


Adapted from Not Without Salt

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennie @themessybakerblog July 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Now I’m asking myself the same question. This looks so light and delicate–perfect for summer! Your pictures are stunning!


Melissa July 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Oh wow, this sounds unbelievably delicious! After making my mess, I wasn’t sure I’d ever make them again, but now that I’ve seen your recipe, I will!!


Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig July 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I have never heard of it either but these are flavors that work together so I can’t imagine it would be anything less than delicious.


Carrie @ poet in the pantry July 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

You already know amaretto + cherries is one of my favorite combinations. I bet this was insanely delicious combined with the meringue and chocolate! Great adaptation of Eton Mess–and thanks for suggesting it! I had never even heard of it until you mentioned making it for First on the First–BRAVO!


Alyssa D. {Suitcases & Sweets} July 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm

This sounds unbelievably delicious! What an incredible flavor combination — and the photography is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see what spin you put on pickles. πŸ™‚


steph@stephsbitebybite July 2, 2013 at 8:15 am

This sounds INCREDIBLE!


Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor July 2, 2013 at 8:45 am

I love cherry desserts and this sounds delicious with the meringue crumbles. I can’t wait to try it!


Caroline July 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

This is such a beautiful dessert. I’m so intrigued by all of the variations on Eton Mess I’ve been seeing lately…this is wonderful with the chocolate! I’m a huge fan of chocolate combined with cherries, so I’m bookmarking this baby for later! πŸ™‚


Barb | Creative Culinary July 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I love Eton Mess…probably because I just love almost anything made with baked meringues but I also love the history; I think there is some irony that a very proper boys school in England would be the namesake for this mess!

Cherries and chocolate…two of my favorites together WITH meringue. Oh yeah, I’m in. πŸ™‚


Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania July 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I have never tried eton mess, but this looks like something I must try! What I loved about this recipe is that it is easy to put together, gorgeous to look at and surely, this will be super-yummy to eat! The the meringues in them make them even more tempting!


Ruthy @ Omeletta July 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Chocolate and cherries was such a great idea!! I loved the Eton Mess and I know I’ll be trying it again, and you can bet cherries will probably find their way in there. Delicious!


Anna July 2, 2013 at 5:38 pm

What perfect individual servings! Can I have two? πŸ™‚


Sarah July 8, 2013 at 8:15 am

I love Eton mess, so easy yet so impressive! And this choc-cherry version sounds mouthwatering.


Kate July 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Thanks so much Sarah!


Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life July 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Oh my goodness, Kate! Cherries and chocolate are such a great combo. I have never heard of Eton Mess before now, but I think I’m already in love πŸ™‚


Meghan @ The Tasty Fork July 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm

I’ve never heard of an Eton Mess. So thank you for sharing this recipe! It looks amazing!! It’s a perfect summer dessert.


Becca February 26, 2015 at 4:09 am

First of all, this looks wonderful and it’s naturally gluten free which is great for me! (I have Celiac. ^^ But yay for no difficult to find flours or anything like that!) Second of all, my favorite alcohol is amaretto, so that is just another strike in the ‘must make’ column. I’ll definitely have to make this for my next dinner party!


Kate February 26, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Oh I hope you like this as much as we did Becca! This is honestly, one of my all-time favorite recipes. I make it all the time and it’s always met with rave reviews. Enjoy it!


Jason December 23, 2015 at 5:55 am

Sounds Fantastic! Planning to make this for Christmas dessert.

How many serves does this make?


Kate December 26, 2015 at 8:54 pm

I’m so sorry I didn’t get back to you soon Jason! I was unplugged for the holiday. I hope you enjoyed this recipe and read on to see that this will make 6 servings. I like to make mine in small, individual jars or ramekins. But it’s also nice in a big bowl that everyone can just dig into!


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