You'll need to start this the day before you plan to serve it.




  • Heat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Using a 9-inch plate as a guide, trace a circle on parchment, then turn it over (so that meringue doesn't come in contact with ink or pencil). Place unopened cans of coconut milk in fridge to chill overnight.

  • In a small bowl, stir cornstarch with 3 tbsp superfine sugar.

  • With an electric mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks start to form. Add remaining superfine sugar 1 tbsp at a time while beating until stiff and glossy. Beat in cornstarch mixture, then gently fold in vinegar followed by 1/2 cup toasted coconut.

  • Scrape out onto baking sheet within circle and, using a spoon, spread meringue out to edges. Build up outer edge an inch higher than the middle, creating a shallow center where fruit and cream will go.

  • Place in oven and immediately lower temperature to 225 degrees. Bake meringue for 3 hr (it will remain marshmallowy on the inside.) Turn off oven and let meringue cool in oven with door ajar for 1 hr, then leave in oven, with door closed, for at least 4 hr or overnight.

  • To serve, peel grapefruit, removing all outer white membrane, then cut out segments, leaving connecting membrane behind. Separate coconut cream from coconut milk by pouring into a fine-mesh strainer lined with a paper towel or paper coffee filter (reserve milk for another use).

  • Place cream in a bowl and add confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Beat until stiff, about 5 min (it takes longer to whip than heavy cream). Transfer meringue to a serving platter. Pile whipped coconut cream into center and scatter strawberries and grapefruit segments around it. Sprinkle with remaining toasted coconut and garnish with mint, if using. Serve immediately. Simple swap: To replicate cake flour, measure out 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp AP flour and mix in 2 tbsp cornstarch.

Nutrition Facts

299 calories; 3 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 62 mg sodium. 55 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 45 g sugar; 1 g protein;