Now that summer has finally arrived and there are lots of parties and picnics to attend, what better way to celebrate the season than with sweet, delicious watermelon! As my loyal followers know, what would a watermelon be without my personal spin? This summer, I decided to bring back an old favorite, my very own, very simple and very affordable watermelon cake.
What You Will Need:
- 1 small watermelon (with or without seeds)
- 1 large sharp knife
- 1 offset spatula or knife for spreading frosting
- 1 cutting board
- 2 cans of frosting or homemade
- Fresh berries
- Fresh coconut flakes or sliced almonds
- 1 pedestal cake stand or dish
- Parchment paper
Line your cake stand or plate with 2 pieces of parchment paper, one on each side, overlapping in the middle.
On a cutting board, begin slicing two opposite ends off the watermelon (preferably the narrow ends). Cut them so that you have a flat even surface. Flip the watermelon into one of those newly cut ends.
Next, begin cutting off the rest of the watermelon rind (skin), slicing in a downward motion.
Once the watermelon has been skinned, sculpt it into your desired shape. You can make it square, round, oval or into any shape you desire.
With paper towels, begin blotting the moisture out of your watermelon. The dryer the watermelon, the more effectively your frosting will stick.
Using fresh or canned cake frosting, begin spreading a very generous amount with an offset spatula on top of your cake and work your way down the sides. Continue to pile on the frosting thickly. Cover the entire cake.
Next, begin adding berries of choice. I prefer organic berries. You can use blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, etc. With this project, I used what I already had in my refrigerator and pantry. Use any design in your imagination, as there is no right or wrong way to decorate this cake. Before adding the berries, very slowly and carefully remove your parchment paper. Tip: If you pull it too quickly, you will likely pull off the frosting with it.
If you are covering the sides with something such as coconut or chopped nuts, add it by pressing it to the sides.
With a moistened paper towel, clean up any excess frosting from the top of your dish or cake stand that appears messy.
Refrigerate or serve immediately.