Make the most of strawberry season with this quick and easy Eton Mess recipe!

Fresh, juicy berries, fluffy whipped cream, and crunchy meringue cookies come together in a light and refreshing dessert ready in just 15 minutes. Perfect for backyard barbecues, picnics, or anytime you crave a delightful summer treat. Watch as your guests go back for seconds!

Layered Strawberry Eton Mess with fresh berries, whipped cream, and meringues in a glass.

Eton Mess, a classic British dessert named after the prestigious Eton College, is believed to have originated in the late 19th century.

This elegant treat combines strawberries, whipped cream, and meringues, and it’s traditionally served in individual glasses or a larger dish, either layered like a parfait or with all components mixed together. No matter how you serve it, it always impresses!

Why I love this strawberry Eton Mess

  • Quick & easy: Ready in 15 minutes, perfect for last-minute gatherings.
  • Seasonal delight: Ideal for spring and summer, when strawberries are at their peak.
  • No-bake: Made with store-bought meringues, no oven is needed!
  • Versatile: Swap fruits, add toppings, or make it vegan.

Ingredients & substitutions

Ingredients used to make this Eton Mess recipe: strawberries, heavy cream, meringue cookies, lemon juice, sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Strawberries: Look for plump, red berries with fresh green leaves. If fresh strawberries are not available, frozen strawberries or other summer fruits make excellent substitutes.
  • Lemon juice: Adds a touch of extra brightness and acidity to enhance the natural sweetness of the berries.
  • Cream: For the best consistency, choose heavy whipping cream with at least 35% fat content. Remember to chill the cream, bowl, and whisk attachment before whipping. Avoid using canned whipped cream or cool whip. Coconut whipped cream is a great dairy-free alternative.
  • Vanilla extract: For a subtle flavor boost.
  • Sweetener: I used granulated sugar for the strawberries and powdered sugar for the whipped cream because it dissolves more easily. However, you can swap both sugars for honey or maple syrup if you prefer natural sweeteners.
  • Meringue cookies: Store-bought meringues work wonderfully, and you can break them into various-sized pieces. Feel free to make your own meringues, but keep in mind that humid weather can make this challenging.

See the recipe card below for a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions.

How to make Eton Mess

Recipe variations

While the classic Strawberry Eton Mess recipe is delicious on its own, there are a few variations you can try to mix things up. 

  • Fruits: Explore different berries like blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries, or even try tropical fruits like mango or pineapple.
  • Healthier version: Substitute half of the cream with low-fat Greek yogurt for a lighter option with a slightly tangier flavor.
  • Make it vegan: Use coconut cream whipped to stiff peaks instead of regular cream, and top with Aquafaba meringues for an egg-free alternative.
  • Chocolate version: Add some chocolate chips or chocolate shavings to the whipped cream for a decadent twist.
  • Toppings: Crushed cookies, nuts, or even a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Make-ahead tips

You can prepare each component in advance:

  • Whip the cream up to 2 hours before serving and store it in the refrigerator. I don’t recommend making it a day in advance, as it may lose its texture and deflate.
  • Make the strawberry sauce the day before for even better flavor.
  • Prepare or buy the meringue cookies a few days ahead and keep them in an airtight container or zip-lock bag at room temperature.
  • Assemble your Eton Mess just before serving to keep the meringue crisp. It takes only minutes to put together!
Two refreshing Strawberry Eton Messes on a blue background, perfect for summer gatherings.

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How To Make It: Strawberry Eton Mess

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Eton Mess is a classic British dessert that combines fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and store-bought meringue cookies. It's perfect for spring and summer gatherings, potlucks, picnics, or any occasion.

Ingredients

For the strawberry sauce:

  • 1 lb (450 g) fresh strawberries hulled
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • tablespoon lemon juice

For the whipped cream:

  • 1½ cup (350 ml) heavy cream or whipping cream chilled
  • tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the meringue layer:

  • 2 oz. (56 g) store-bought meringue cookies

Decoration (optional)

  • sliced strawberries
  • meringue pieces

Instructions

Strawberry sauce:

  • Place ⅓ (150 g) of the strawberries in a medium bowl along with the lemon juice and sugar. Mash them with a fork or puree them in a blender. Roughly chop the remaining strawberries and add them to the bowl. Stir well to combine.

Whipped cream:

  • Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, beat cold heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract on medium/high speed until soft peaks form.

Meringue layer:

  • Crumble the meringue cookies into pieces of various sizes, either with your hands or a rolling pin

Assemble:

  • Layer the Eton Mess in four glasses. Start with some spoonfuls of strawberry sauce, then add the whipped cream and crushed meringues. Repeat the layering until the glass is full.
  • Decorate with sliced strawberries and a few meringue pieces. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Meringues: Use 9 store-bought mini meringue shells or make your own. You can also use meringues of different sizes. 
  • Whipping cream: Chill the cream, bowl, and whisk attachment before whipping. Use cream with at least 35% fat content. For a dairy-free option, use coconut whipped cream. 
  • Strawberries:You can use frozen strawberries or another type of fruit if fresh strawberries are unavailable.
  • Healthier version: For a lighter option, substitute half the cream with low-fat Greek yogurt. 
  • Make it vegan: Use whipped coconut cream and vegan meringue cookies.
  • Make-ahead: Prepare the whipped cream and strawberries separately up to a few hours in advance. Store them in the refrigerator until ready to use. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 portion, Calories: 414 kcal, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 31 g, Saturated Fat: 22 g, Cholesterol: 13 mg, Sodium: 1 mg, Sugar: 29 g
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