So easy, it is embarrassing! If you are seeking a healthy twist on the traditional cake, the watermelon cake is for you! This is definitely not the I toiled in the kitchen baking type cake. Not only is the watermelon cake a ‘healthy’ cake there is the added bonus of not having to heat up the oven or the kitchen anytime of the year.
This cake has proven to be a winner and is a great use for seasonal fruits and your garden.
Watermelon Cake Ingredients
· Watermelon, whole or half or round. Seedless preferred.
· Fresh berries or fruit of your choice for decoration.
· Whipped cream for frosting (Coconut for Paleo friendly)
· Nuts, decorating sprinkles if desired
“Baking” The Watermelon Cake
Cut your watermelon into the desired shape.
Frost with your choice of store purchased or homemade whipped cream. I have tried this cake with the canned whipped cream and homemade whipped cream.
The taste of the homemade whipped cream was superior; however, for ease and consistency, the canned whipped cream was easier to apply.
Frosting The Watermelon Cake
A coconut milk based whipped cream is also a good choice for those on a Paleo diet.
If you are making your own whipped cream please remember a thicker consistency is desired as it adheres better to the watermelon and allows easier decoration.
Feel free to use the whipped cream frosting of your choice. There is a little trial and error involved to perfect the consistency which will adhere to the cake. It will be apparent very quickly if your frosting needs to be thickened a smidge to adhere to the watermelon cake.
One of my favorite web resources for recipes is Allrecipes.com. I find the reviews very helpful when deciding if I should try a recipe or tweak a recipe. There are quite a few recipes for coconut frosting listed if you are interested in trying a coconut frosting.
For those on a Paleo diet or wanting to try Paleo recipes, an excellent cookbook is Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam. You will not be disappointed by this book full of Paleo recipes, tips, tricks and humor.
Decorating Your Watermelon Cake
Decorate with berries, fruit, nuts, sprinkles.
Chill until serving.
Never underestimate the sprinkle when decorating the watermelon cake. This cake is very adaptable to decorate for a themed party or event. I love the 3 or 6 pack themed sprinkles from Wilton which offer a great variety of shapes and colors coordinated with the holiday or event.
If you use the watermelon cake as a birthday cake with candles, it does help if the birthday celebrant blows out the candles quickly. The whipped cream frosting can be a tad testy combined with summer temperatures.