Multiple sources agree that Pavlova, a dessert named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, takes the cake. It is a meringue cake with a crisp crust and soft, light insides, usually topped with fruit and, optionally, sweet whipped cream.
History shows the dessert was created in honor of the dancer either during or just after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. The origin of the dish’s creation has been a source of debate between the two nations for many years, but formal research indicates New Zealand as the source. The dessert is a popular dish and an important part of the national cuisine of both countries. With its simple recipe, Pavlova is frequently served during celebrations and with holiday meals. This dessert most identified with the summer time but is eaten year-round in many Australian and New Zealand homes.
Of course, there are those Americans who will think the sweetest dessert is still a 16-ounce bottle of Coke and a roll of Little Debbie’s Chocolate Covered Donuts.