Everyone loves watermelon. There’s nothing better than a slice of ice-cold watermelon on a hot summer day. So, when I was asked to make a cake for my brother’s July birthday but told it had to be healthy I chose to make him a cake full of fruit! This Watermelon Celebration Cake is the perfect compromise.
July, summer birthdays, can be a difficult time for baked goods. Frosting melts or doesn’t set up because of the heat and humidity. Sometimes cake can be too heavy to enjoy on those summer afternoons. But watermelon, watermelon tastes delicious and refreshing on those hot summer days.
I really just winged it with this watermelon celebration cake. I had a loose idea of what I wanted the cake to look like but for the actual fruit, I went with what looked best at the store. I really wanted to do some starfruit, dragon fruit, mango, and Leche but they didn’t have any in stock so I chose the fruit that was in stock that was fresh. You can use whatever fruit you would like on your watermelon cake.
To create a watermelon cake you will need the following –
1 Jumbo Watermelon or 2 large Watermelons
3 Wooden Skewers
Lots of fresh in-season fruit like grapes, strawberries, kiwi, cherries, starfruit, mango, dragon fruit, pomegranates, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and more!
The first step is to trim all the rind off the watermelon.
Once you have just the watermelon cut the bottom layer out of the widest part of the watermelon. I could not find a jumbo watermelon so I used 2 large watermelons. I took the widest watermelon and cut the bottom out of there.
Then cut 2 smaller layers of watermelon to make the tiers of your watermelon cake.
If you want you can make them perfectly circular and level, but I really liked the rustic look so I just made sure mine were smaller levels that would stack on top of each other.
Once you have the tiers of the watermelon cake sized it’s time to assemble the base. I highly recommend assembling on a cutting board or baking pan. This watermelon cake will get very heavy and a simple cardboard cake board will not be able to support it. I moved our cake onto a sheet pan once it was assembled so I could easily move it to the fridge.
Place the watermelon tiers on top of each and then insert 2-3 wooden skewers or dowels in the center to keep the tiers from slipping off.
Wash and dry the fruit you are going to use to decorate.
I sliced a pomegranate in quarters. I used one piece as the topper and then placed the other 3 pieces throughout the cake.
Grapes are perfect for a cascade look.
Strawberries can be cut in various shapes and used to decorate.
A fun one is to stuff a blueberry into a raspberry so it looks like a flower.
You can cut the kiwi into flowers or other shapes to decorate too.
The possibilities are endless! However, no matter what fruit you decide to use you will need to use the toothpicks to secure the fruit to the watermelon.
There are no rules on how much or how little fruit needs to be used to decorate your watermelon celebration cake. Just keep adding fruit until you feel it’s finished.
Once you are done decorating, place the watermelon cake in the fridge to keep chilled until it’s time to enjoy.
This watermelon celebration cake was a hit with everyone!
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