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Cool and Refreshing Watermelon "Cake"

Updated on August 4, 2012

Monsieur Doughboy Presents Watermelon Cake.

Best when frosted by a little boy or girl
Best when frosted by a little boy or girl | Source

Almost everyone loves watermelon and those who don't need to see me. I am sure I can convince them to be persuaded. Summer calls for cool refreshing foods and dishes are lighter in texture and taste. Yet, we still long for a delectable, delicious cake or pie occasionally. So I created a watermelon cake recipe.

But first......

Watermelon is a fruit, but has a hearty texture so it holds its own in full flavored recipes. Additionally, it is very beneficial to the body as it provides many nutrients including lycopene. The phyoto-nutrients in watermelon react with naturally occurring compounds already in the body and trigger positive reactions that increase healthy responses.

Watermelon also contains citruline which functions to relax blood vessels. A popular little blue pill does the same thing. So you may wish to serve watermelon the next time you have date night with your beloved.

The conversion process is complex but to put it into layman's terms, watermelon is a heart healthy, immune boosting, low fat, vitamin rich food which is ninety two percent water. It is a high source of Beta-carotene, Vitamins A, C, Magnesium, Potassium, and many more.

Cut watermelon does not quickly lose it's nutrient value like many other fresh fruits do. Research studies show that watermelon, properly stored retained high concentrations of antioxidants more than a week after being cut.In fact it actually increased in Carotenoid levels when stored at 69 degrees Fahrenheit and increased lycopene and beta-carotene levels.

For most of us though, watermelon is just a great summertime food. They are easy to grow and take up very little garden space. The vines are easily controlled and can be moved around to make the most of your available space. The optimum soil conditions can be achieved by adding lime if necessary. The best PH level is 6.0-7.0 and lime can be added if necessary. Surprisingly, watermelons can get sunburn and some varieties are more delicate than others. But if the vines remain leafy and full, the melons are protected from Old Sol.

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However, some of our four legged friends adore watermelon as much as we do and will clean out the garden if allowed. We had a dog when I was a child and that guy loved watermelon so much that he took them right off the vine. Once he stole a slice of melon from baby James who crawled after him and the two lay side by side on the ground happily munching watermelon. Well, that is until Mama saw them and then the seeds hit the fan! She screamed which made me jump and my own watermelon fell right onto the baby's head so he had a little watermelon cap. That made Mama scream even more (something about the baby's soft spot) and she jerked him up and began to hug him. James cried and tried to wriggle out of her arms to retrieve his share of the melon. Old Spot took the opportunity to run off with the whole thing and now tradition prohibits dogs at family picnics even decades later.

But back to the issue at hand....

Store watermelon on the counter until cut to preserve and enrich the natural benefits. Wash before cutting as the rind encounters many potentially dirty places before reaching your kitchen. After the melon is cut, it should be stored in the refrigerator for maximum protection and enjoyment.

Speaking of enjoyment.......Here is the promised recipe.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 4-6 Slices
Cut around a plate to ensure an even circle
Cut around a plate to ensure an even circle | Source
Whip cream until smooth and thick like regular cake frosting
Whip cream until smooth and thick like regular cake frosting | Source
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Ingredients

  • 1 thick slice Watermelon, seedless is preferred
  • 1 cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Berries, fresh or frozen

Instructions

  1. Cut a slice of watermelon about 4 inches thick, remove rind and seeds. Set aside in refrigerator.
  2. Place whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract in ice cold bowl and whip until firm.
  3. Bring out watermelon and frost just like you would a regular cake.
  4. Decorate with berries in desired design and pattern.
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Options

A heavier but delicious frosting can be made from whipping cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and Cool Whip.

Just place all items in a cold bowl and use a mixer to combine until smooth and thick.

Other topping can include:

  • mandarin orange slices
  • coconut
  • almond slivers
  • nonpareils (sprinkles)
  • paper thin apple slices
  • Use premade, canned frosting when the cake will be outside on a hot summer day. It will hold up better.

Whipped cream will sometimes separate and become watery. Keep this cake very cold until time to serve it. Placing the melon cake on an upside down serving dish will allow for any water to drain away on the bottom plate.

Watch Out For Thieves

Frosting is ready when the resident kid steals a lick!
Frosting is ready when the resident kid steals a lick! | Source

Vote For Me!!!!

5 stars from 7 ratings of Watermelon "Cake"
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 slice of "cake"
Calories 131
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Sugar 18 g
Cholesterol 22 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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  • Hyphenbird profile image
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    Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    u are welcome rajan jolly. We really enjoyed it over the summer although I did make it sugar free for myself using stevia. I might need to add that option. I appreciate the visit.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Interesting and cool cake recipe for those hot summer days. Thanks for sharing.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Thanks leahlefler. We have had an abundance of watermelon this year and I had to get creative. I am not complaining mind you.

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    Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

    This is really clever, hyphenbird! A perfect treat for a summer picnic - it looks delicious!

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Blond Logic, I know! he things we share online are amazing. I will help you feel better and reveal that I am 56. What a shame that you have to eat a double portion of watermelon cake. It is so yummy. Thanks for the great comments and I appreciate the visit very much.

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    Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

    In my 52 years (I can't believe I am saying that in public) on this planet I have never seen anything made with watermelon other than a fruit salad, a drink, or on its own. What a wonderful idea. I love watermelon! My husband however does not, so I will have to eat his share.

    I can't wait to try this!

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    moonlake, it really is great. I am not a fan of sweets but love this. Thanks for the votes.

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    moonlake 5 years ago from America

    This looks very good. Will have to keep this recipe. Love watermelon. Voted Up

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Thank you ignugent17. I created this cake to provide a healthier dessert for my son and it has become a favorite for us all. Thanks for the visit and great comments.

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    ignugent17 5 years ago

    This is my first time to see a watermelon cake. Thanks Hyphenbird for sharing.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Hello thelyricwriter. Yes, watermelon has amazing properties and it very tasty. We love it and could eat it every day. Let me know how much you love this after you make it. I know you will find it yummy. Thanks for the visit.

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    Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

    Voted up and all across Hyp. AWESOME JOB! I never knew that watermelon could release good things in the body. Great tips and a great educational article. And the watermelon cake, OMG!! Believe it or not, never heard of it before. 100% sure I will be trying this. 5 star vote also Hyp. Just a great job. That cake looks awesome!

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Thank you suzettenaples. Kids love sweets and I look for healthier options for my son. This is a great quick and easy dessert. So far even adults have loved it. Thanks for the loyalty and votes. I appreciate that very much.

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    Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

    Hyphen: Another terrific idea for a recipe! So simple and yet so mouth-watering delicious. It looks great. Thanks so much for sharing this with us and I always vote for you - lol. Good luck!

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Thanks North Wind. It really is perfect, so light yet sweet and fresh.

    Hi Simone. I know right? We should incorporate more healthy foods into our desserts. Everyone who has tried this one loves it.

    Lily, I never think that you do anything less than love me. I know you are busy and understand that very much. Car transmission? ugh!

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    Lillian K. Staats 5 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

    Sweetheart, forgive me for not keeping up with you,(or anyone). I pray God you are well, I'm well enough, and remembering how to be a cherished child of God.

    Well, I LOVE watermelon, and I love the look of this recipe... when I get paid, (after I replace my car,(transmission), I will splurge on this treat.Well done, as always! Love yaz,,,, lily

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    Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Oh my goodness, what a brilliant idea!! Why aren't more people turning fruit into cakes???? This recipe rocks, hyphenbird.

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    North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

    What a wonderful idea, Hyphenbird! This cake sounds so delicious and refreshing all at the same time. I really am amazed because it looks and sounds too good to be true!

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Photosbecomearts. Thanks for the visit. It really is great, sweet but refreshing. You will love it!

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Hllo RTalloni. Me too. I can eat watermelon every day and it is good for us. Please do link this to your Hub. I appreciate that very much. The Doughboy thanks you kindly.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Lambservant, that is wonderful. My own little boy loved making this and it has received great reviews from family and friends. Thank you for trying it.

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    photosbecomearts 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida, USA

    Wow! Another dessert menu to be added in my list! It really looks yummy!

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    What a delightfully fun cake! Watermelon is one of my favorite foods, too. Sometimes I think I could just live on it. Linking to my newest summer holiday hub if you don't mind.

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    Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    My Sunday school children and I are having a special luncheon for the lead teacher. I am going to have the children help me make this for the dessert. I can't wait to taste it.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Lambservant, I made that change. Thank you for the suggestion. Let me know how your family likes this cake.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Hello PegCole. Isn't he sweet? My own little Sous Chef. Thanks for coming by. I hope you like the cake. We already love it and I see it becoming a family favorite.

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    Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    Oh this sounds heavenly. Think I will make it for one of our summer potlucks. It would be more helpful if yo put the ingredients first, then the instructions.

    I cannot wait to try this.

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    Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Now that's my kind of recipe for homemade watermelon cake! Frosted with a combination of my favorite stuff too. I loved the Monsieur Doughboy illustrations and other pictures.

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    SusieQ42 5 years ago

    Thanks, Hyphenbird! God bless...

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    I thank each and every one of you for your time reading this recipe and leaving such great comments. Monsieur Doughboy especially is pleased to bring you his delicious creations.

    I appreciate the votes and shares and bless you all with great health and watermelon dreams! Hyph

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    SusieQ42 5 years ago

    Love your hub, Hypenbird. I had no idea that watermelon was nutritious! Great ideas, great images. Voted up and awesome. Love ya, Susieq42

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    Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

    this is a great share.. watermelon cake now.. yeah I gotta share this on other sites super Hyphen..

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    K Kiss 5 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

    You are amazing!! Watermelons are one of my favourite fruits and this amazing (and a bit funny) fruit dessert has indeed woken up my craving for it. Voted up and shared.

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    Twila Nelson 5 years ago from Carmichael, California

    This sounds like an absolutely fun and refreshing treat for the entire family. Thank you!

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    Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

    Wow! What a recipe! I will make it for sure. Thanks for SHARING. I will post it in my FB account. Voted up and useful;-)

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    Augustine A Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

    Hyphy, you're a genius. A watermelon cake genius. ANd not many people know about Citrulline, my secret weapon. Now everyone does. Awesome hub!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Wow! What a healthy alternative to traditional cake and perfect for the upcoming 4th of July celebrations and back yard barbecues.

    Loved the funny childhood story you included, and the fun photos of watermelon and Monsieur Doughboy.

    Voted up across the board and given 5 stars. Also shared.

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    This looks absolutely yummy! Loved your story of the dog's love for watermelon. Ours would also eat this and lots of other fruits.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    This is wonderful, never in a million years would i believe you could make a cake out of watermelon. I'm 'gonna try this..Thank's for the share...

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Wow! It is so simple yet so unique. That looks wonderful- I love watermelon. The Pilsbury Doughboy is such a cute character. Excellent!

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    twoseven 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

    What a fun idea! I never would have thought of using watermelon for a cake, but this is wonderful. I also find that with a huge watermelon, I get a little tired of just eating slices (though not too tired - I do love it!). I think my son will get a huge kick out of this. Thanks for the great idea!

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    femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

    Hyph,

    When I saw that you'd come up with a recipe for watermelon cake, I was intrigued. When I read that the watermelon IS the cake, I was thrilled.

    Brilliant!!!

    I'm a watermelon fiend, and so is nearly everyone else where I grew up, so I'll be passing this one along.

    Way to go for thinking outside the box!

    femme

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    emilybee 5 years ago

    Wow this is awesome, great pictures! Will have to try this one for sure.

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    Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

    Looks delicious. I could not imagine a watermelon flavored cake. Now I know why. Whipped cream is a wonderful frosting for fruit. Could almost call it fruit salad.

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    prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

    It looks cute and delicious of course. I'll show this hub to my student. Thanks for writing. Voted up and shared. Cheers :-)

    Prasetio

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Brilliant images! But that cool watermelon cake has me captivated! This weekend, Dad will be getting one refreshingly yummy dessert! Thanks for the great recipe.

    HubHugs~

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    mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    That is pure creative genius. It was everything. Off to the store. ok it's on Facebook, expect a crowd.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Hello Alastar. So you will try this but I suppose the watermelon taco is still out though. laugh. I understand. This really is yummy and great comfort food without all the calories.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    mollymeadows, that sounds like a great meal plan. Just be sure to keep the "cake" cool until served. Whipped cream icing is delicious but not partial to heat. Thank you so very much for the visit today.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Angela Brummer, it sure would. It is hot here today and this tasted so refreshing. On a hot July day, it would make a great impression. Thanks for the visit and comments.

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    I love watermelon so this is one that I would love, I love all the photos too! lol! voted up! cheers nell

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    Barry Rutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

    The topping looks delicious. The ingredients sound delicious!

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Monsieur Doughboy looks so cute in his watermelon attire :) Love the fact that there's no need to bake this cake. What a great idea! I'll have to fight the dogs off when I try to make this though because they love watermelon as much as we do.

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    Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Sweet Potato might be the king vegetable but Watermelon has got to be in the top three for all-round nutritious fruits. Good write up on them with all the particulars Hyph. And this is one you won't have to pull my arm to try!

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    Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

    Yumm, yumm! Hyph, I think I'll make it this weekend when I grill out. It would go so well with grilled fish and veggie kabobs. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

    This would be perfect to add to the July 4th celebration!