For my birthday this year I decided not to make a traditional birthday cake. Instead I chose to make a WATERMELON CAKE!
I’d seen the idea for a watermelon cake on the internet and decided to give it a go. I absolutely love fruit so it was the perfect ‘cake’ for me.
Watermelon is great for hydration because it’s 92% water! It also contains lots of vitamins and minerals, which contribute to healthy skin, hair and nerves. Although, I’m not going to pretend it was healthy for me to eat almost all of the cake in one sitting!!
If you want to read more about how amazing watermelon is and learn some fun facts I recommend you read this article – apparently there are paintings of watermelon in Egyptian tombs dating over 4,000 years old, although no watermelon cakes I expect!
But if you don’t care and you just want to learn how to make a watermelon cake then keep reading.
Ingredients & Equipment
- 2 medium watermelons
- Assorted fruits. E.g. kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, dragon fruit
- A large sharp knife,
- A chopping board
- Assorted cookie cutters
How to make a watermelon cake
1.Cut the ends off the watermelons (1) and cut the remaining section in half (2) so you have two circles of melon. Do this for both melons so you have 4 pieces of melon.
2.Carefully cut round the inside of the skin and pop the melon out. I did this for 3 pieces, but you can use them all if you want to make a 4 tier cake.
3.To make the tiers, use your knife to straighten the sides of the melon. Then pick the largest piece to be the base and trim the other pieces to be slightly smaller so they stack on top of each other and make the tiers.
4.Slice up your fresh fruit and use your cookie cutters to make nice shapes- I like stars and flowers.
5.Assemble the cake by stacking up the tiers. Then press the slices of fruit against the side of the watermelon cake to stick them on. Mine just stuck, or I supported them on the little ledge made by the tiers. If yours won’t stay in place you could use a cocktail stick to secure them.
- Use a big knife to make it easier to cut the melon.
- Use a range of different coloured fruits to decorate the cake and make it look more striking.
- Plan your design before you buy or cut up the fruit decorations so you don’t have too much and waste it.
- Slice the fruit decorations thinly – if they are too heavy they might fall off the cake.
- And my best tip – get your boyfriend to help you make the cake and do the drawings… Hehe.
Update (26/09/2016): Check out this amazing watermelon cake from @food.health.fit, which was inspired by my blog post. I love the little pineapple hat!
So there you have it – how to make a watermelon cake with real watermelon!!
What other fruits do you think you could make a ‘cake’ from?