Eton Mess is a traditional British dessert that is perfect for summertime!

Eton Mess

Eton Mess is a traditional British dessert made with crumbled up meringues, whipped cream, strawberry sauce, and fresh strawberries. Eton Mess is a perfect light dessert to serve during the summer. It comes together so easily, it tastes light as air, and you don’t need to turn your oven on if you use store-bought meringues.
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 12 Vanilla Lemon, or Chocolate Meringues
  • 2 cups Fresh Strawberries
  • ½ cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Corn Starch
  • 1 cup Whipping Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla


  1. Take half of the strawberries, hull them, and place them in a food processor and pulse them until they have been pureed. Pour the pureed strawberries into a saucepan, heat over medium heat and add the water, granulated sugar, and corn starch. Bring to a slow boil and let boil for 1 minute while the mixture thickens. Pour into a bowl and let the sauce chill for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the whipped cream. Pour the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla into the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on a medium speed until soft peaks form. Store the whipped cream in the fridge until you are ready to serve the eton mess.
  3. Hull and slice the remaining strawberries.
  4. To assemble each Eton Mess, crumble 2 meringues and place in the bottom of a bowl. Add spoonfuls of strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries on top. Crumble another merengue on top, and add additional layers of strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream. Serve right away.

Recipe Notes

I recommend against assembling the eton mess ahead of time, the meringues would get too soggy. It is better to assemble just before serving.