How To Make A Watermelon Cake

I wanted to do something special for my son’s birthday.  He’s not a huge fan of eating cake, but he loves the idea of cake.  So, instead of taking a bunch of cupcakes to school to celebrate his special day, I made a Watermelon Cake!

 

It was actually a lot easier than I expected it to be.  Honestly, I was afraid this was going to be a “Pinterest Fail“, but it was surprisingly simple!

How To Make A Watermelon Cake:

First, cut the ends off of a watermelon, leaving a cylinder the size and shape of a round cake.

how to make a watermelon cakeNext, carefully trim the rind off.  Don’t try to take the knife around the cake, like you might peel an apple.. that’s what I did on the first attempt and the final shape wasn’t very smooth.  Cutting down the rind worked a lot better.
How to make a watermelon cake

After cutting off the rind it’s pretty easy to level the cake.  Run the knife across the top, as level as you can, and shave off the highest points until it looks pretty smooth.  It doesn’t have to be perfect because your whipped cream frosting will hide imperfections.How to make a watermelon cakeBlot the watermelon with a towel.  Be sure to blot the sides and bottom too.
How to make a watermelon cake

 It should look a lot like this…

How to make a watermelon cake

Experiment

with fruit decorations before you frost it.  Blueberries and clementine pieces would be great too!

How to make a watermelon cake

For frosting I whipped a pint of heavy whipping cream with 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp simple syrup (powdered sugar works too.. it doesn’t need any sugar, but because I was making this for kids I wanted to make sure it would be yummy for them).How to make a watermelon cake

Pop it in the fridge for a minute to make sure the cream is nice and cold.. it will hold onto the sides better after chilling.

How to make a watermelon cake

Frost as you would any other cake.How to make a watermelon cake

Decorate your watermelon cake with fruit.
How to make a watermelon cake How to make a watermelon cake

I had a helper =)  How to make a watermelon cake

First one done and into the fridge until snack time at school.How to make a watermelon cake

We used “personal watermelons” from Willey Farms which were the perfect diameter for these cakes.  How to make a watermelon cake

Time to deliver the special birthday treat to the class!
How to make a watermelon cake

I didn’t tell them what it was.. I just warned the teacher who cut into it that it wouldn’t feel like cake.How to make a watermelon cake

The cakes were a HUGE HIT!  A few of the kids said “this is the best cake ever”!!
How to make a watermelon cake

There’s the birthday boy, enjoying his slice.

How to make a watermelon cake

It tasted even better than I’d hoped!  The cream with the watermelon and strawberries.. oh my goodness, it was awesome!

My goal was to provide a healthy, yet fun snack that still seemed like food fit for a celebration.  I think it was a massive success.

how to make a watermelon cake

If you try it, please send me pictures because I’d love to see some other decorating ideas!

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