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.
Next, 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.
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.Blot the watermelon with a towel. Be sure to blot the sides and bottom too.
It should look a lot like this…
with fruit decorations before you frost it. Blueberries and clementine pieces would be great too!
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).
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.
We used “personal watermelons” from Willey Farms which were the perfect diameter for these cakes.
There’s the birthday boy, enjoying his slice.
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.
If you try it, please send me pictures because I’d love to see some other decorating ideas!