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When COVID-19 hit, Nerida decided to spend one of her many long days in lockdown making her friend a pavlova for her birthday.

It took 18 attempts to finally nail it – crunchy on the outside and very light and fluffy in the middle with lots of beautiful seasonal fruit and bursts of flavour.

When she was happy with it, she sent it over to her friend who absolutely loved it, uploaded a photo of it to Instagram and within minutes her friends were asking if they could buy one.

“My friend got in touch with me to ask if I could consider selling some, so I thought why not give it a go. I roped my beautiful mother and daughter in to cook them with me, and we have not looked back:). We make our classic berry pav each week, and also add a different flavour topping as a special”.

PavQueen delivers Melbourne wide, (cost of delivery varies depending on where you live) and they are made up fresh from a commercial kitchen and delivered every Wednesday and Friday.

They are handmade with a lot of love and care, and each week PavQueen delivers some to those nominated by customers, who could do with a little surprise.

“Last week, I was honoured to deliver a Pavlova to a young newly-wed woman (nominated by a customer) who has lost her business through COVID-19 and has found out her husband has cancer.

It’s a small token, but it is my joy to be able to make this a part of my Pavlova business.