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How to Make a Watermelon Cake

Updated on August 27, 2014

Watermelon Cake.

The completed cake chillin' in the fridge.
The completed cake chillin' in the fridge. | Source

Perfect Party Cake

Not too long ago, we celebrated my grandson's first birthday. It was a hot day in May and I wanted something refreshing, pretty and able to serve to both our Vegan and dieting friends. I decided to try making a watermelon cake. I must admit, I wasn't too sure how it would come out since I am not a talented baker. Well, that's the beauty of it! You don't have to be a baker or cook to make this. It turned out to be easy to do and looked professional! It was most definitely not time intensive and didn't take any special skills. Follow these easy instructions and you will have a beautiful, healthy "cake" to be proud of!

Watermelon Baskets.

I made my first watermelon "basket" over 25 years. After that, I was hooked. I loved making melon balls to fill them with and carving elaborte handles. I added flowers and other decorations to them, as well. Almost two years ago, I made a bassinet watermelon basket for my daughter's baby shower. That was also a hit!


Clean, seasonal fruit.

A bowl of clean, fresh fruit, ready for decorating.
A bowl of clean, fresh fruit, ready for decorating. | Source

The benefits of a watermelon cake over a traditional cake.

  • Gluten free
  • Lactose free
  • Vegan
  • Low calorie/lowfat
  • It can serve as a decoration
  • It is kosher/parve
  • It's easy to cut up
  • Fun to make

Nutrition Facts
Calories 58
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Carbohydrates 14 g5%
Sugar 9 g
Protein 1 g2%
Sodium 2 mg
* 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.

All the tools you will need to make a watermelon cake

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Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 10-12 people

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon, any size
  • 1 honey dew
  • 1 cantalope
  • 1 cup blackberries, optional
  • 1 cup blueberries, optional
  • 1 container strawberries, optional
  • 1 cup raspberries, optional
  • several bunches grapes, any or all colors
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tblsp raw sugar
  • toothpicks
  • shish kabob skewers
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 can mandarin oranges
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 lemon
  • all fruits can be substituted according to season and taste.

How to make a Watermelon Cake

  1. Wash and chill all the fruits you will be using.
  2. Clear a big enough area for preparing your cake.
  3. Cut the top and bottom off your watermelon. I also made watermelon "pizzas" so I cut 1 more slice off both the top and bottom of the melon. Make sure your melon sits straight on a flat surface.
  4. Cut away the rind. Don't worry about how neatly you do it. Your next step will be to smooth down the side, I used a vegetable parer to smooth the sides of my melon.
  5. After smoothing the melon, put it on the platter you will be serving it on. I put it in the fridge while I cut the fruit to decorate it with.
  6. Get all the fruit cut up and ready. This is when I also cut the fruit for the kabobs.
  7. Mix the sugar with enough water to make it sticky but not runny. The consistency should be a little bit thicker than a sugar glaze.
  8. Spread glaze on the watermelon. Begin to put the fruit on it. You will need to add glaze as you go, so the fruit will stick to the melon. Toothpicks will also come in handy to keep the fruit in place.
  9. Put your finished cake back into the fridge to chill. You can now begin the fruit kabobs. We used the top and bottom of the watermelon as the base for the kabobs. They were perfect to display our creation!
  10. I also made a pizza. I put the watermelon slices on platters. I sed halved blackberries as sausage, strawberry slices as tomatoes, purple grapes as olives, manderin oranges as sweet pepper and sprinkled shredded coconut on top for cheese!
  11. I sprinkle lemon juice on everything to keep the fruits from getting brown. They also add a little more flavor!

A Pictorial Step-by-Step guide to cutting your watermelon

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This was my first cut before I made it smooth. Remember to save the slices and top/bottom of the melon. We will be using them later!I used a vegetable parer to take off the white and make it smooth all the way around.The completed cake! The decorations were put on with a bit od sugar water and/or toothpickks.
This was my first cut before I made it smooth. Remember to save the slices and top/bottom of the melon. We will be using them later!
This was my first cut before I made it smooth. Remember to save the slices and top/bottom of the melon. We will be using them later! | Source
I used a vegetable parer to take off the white and make it smooth all the way around.
I used a vegetable parer to take off the white and make it smooth all the way around. | Source
The completed cake! The decorations were put on with a bit od sugar water and/or toothpickks.
The completed cake! The decorations were put on with a bit od sugar water and/or toothpickks. | Source

Fruit Kabobs

A pretty and tasty centerpiece!
A pretty and tasty centerpiece! | Source

A low fat, low calorie cake.

While this particular recipe is very low fat and calories, there is a variation that would make those calories shoot up. Some people choose to frost or ice their watermelon cakes. Because I made mine for a vegan crowd, as well as wanting to keep it healthy, I chose to use just fruits. I also think it is prettier that way. I recommend that you try to use seasonal fruits. They usually taste much better and are less expensive!

Watermelon Cake is a big success!

The cake, fruit kabob and pizzas made for a bright, festive table. They were a big hit with both kids and adults. The kids loved having their own kabobs to much on and the pizza slices were pure fun. I would never have thought to put coconut on watermelon but it turned out very tasty. Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the pizza but I will be sure to remedy that soon.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      this not only looks good but i bet its fun to make thank you for sharing this delight Frank

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Frank! It was fun! Thank you for being my first commenter!

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This looks so refreshing and when it's too hot to bake, this is just the ticket. I have many relatives who are vegans, so this will be a winner for our next celebration. Five stars for your creativity and instructions. I'll be pinning this to my Food Ideas board.

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      Lori Chidori Phillips 2 years ago from Southern California USA

      This is a great idea for a healthy alternative to a floury cake. It's pretty, too. Will definitely keep this one in mind for the health-conscious/gluten free, etc.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Peg! I appreciate your vote and pinning! I am sure you will enjoy making it and I hope it will be a hit at your next celebration!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Lori! And welcome to my hub!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How is it that I have never heard of this? I didn't even know it was possible to make this, Randi. Well, live and learn, and you can bet we'll be trying this soon. Thank you!

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Randi,

      This is creative, yet doable and delicious... I will be trying and sharing with friends who will agree. You are amazing in all you do, girlfriend!

      Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Same here, Bill! Since my daughter's decision to go completely vegan, I have been looking for tasty alternatives. This looked like fun. Thanks for stopping by. You guys will love it!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Maria! It is definitely doable! And no 2 ever have to be the same! Thank you so very much for votes and your very sweet words! Xo

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi hi this looks very interesting and tasty though i hate watermelon with a passion. Just smelling it upsets me . UGH.

      For people who likes it can sure try it as it looks good :)

      Thanks for sharing Btrbell a happy Wednesday to you

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow this looks fantastic!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is so cool and sounds like a lot of fun to do. Too bad, patio and picnic time is almost over but hey there's always a party to be had indoor.

      Awesomeness!

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      This looks like just the ticket for a hot summer day. Both colorful and refreshing, I am sure your guests were happy.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How clever! I love watermelon and this is a good way to get a healthy dose of fruit.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      What a great idea! I am really craving watermelon this summer more than any other and this looks like a fantastic idea! It is on my very soon to do list! I have the watermelon just have to pick up the trimmings. Up and shared!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      How creative! Love this and will try it. I have made the watermelon baskets before, but never would have thought about a cake.

      Up and more, tweeting and pinning

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      Kept private 2 years ago from Northeast United States

      Voted useful and deliciously AWesomE! :). It is so amazing what you can make with simple fruits. Never heard of a watermelon cake, thank you for sharing your culinary creativity :)

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      LadyFiddler, you can make it with different fruits instead. If you like honeydew or cantalope, that would work! Thank you for reading the hub and commenting even though you don't even like watermelon!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Susan! It was yummy!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Cris! You are so right about the season. My bad. I just haven't haven't been writing or posting at all. I decided it could be an end of summer/Labor Day treat! Thank you so much for the great comment!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Mike! It was a big hit! I appreciate your visit!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Rebecca. It is a fun way to get those fruits in. While the kids mostly enjoyed the kabobs, they got a kick out of picking the "icing" off the cake! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jackie! It has been a hot summer and watermelon is always refreshing! I hope you enjoy it. Thank you so much for the vote and share!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Faith, thank you so much. I really appreciate your sweet comment, votes and share! I am sure with your creative talent. you will make a beauty of a cake. xo

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Carrie! It was a lot of fun to do! Welcome to my hubpage! Your visit and vote is much appreciated!

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Looks delicious and oh, so cool!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Susan! It was yummy! Welcome to Hubpages! Thanks for checking out my hub!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I love the kabobs as well as the cake, and I'm sure you saved a ton of money rather than ordering one of those fruit bouquets. Wonderful job!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      That's true, FlourishAnyway . Those places charge a ridiculous amount of money for something that was actually really easy! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Abby Campbell 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Mmmmm... . Yummy and healthy! Love it, Randi!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Abby!

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      Susan Sproull 2 years ago

      So colorful and yummy looking!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thanks, Susan! It was both!

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      Cheeky Kid 2 years ago from Milky Way

      That looks really delish and oh-so-creative. Maybe I should make one.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Cheeky Kid, You should definitely make one. It is delicious. Thanks fir stopping by.

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      Lori Chidori Phillips 2 years ago from Southern California USA

      A question: Does the glaze harden on the cake or does it melt?

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Lori P.! The glaze does just melt in. It also doesn't hold super well which is why I used toothpicks, too. You could use a little frosting if you want a stronger hold.

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      Lori Chidori Phillips 2 years ago from Southern California USA

      I'm thinking that any frosting will slip off the wet surface of the watermelon. Toothpicks should do the trick. Thanks!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Agreed, Lori! I'm not sure rusty type of frosting they use but I've seen pictures of them!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A watermelon cake looks like not only pretty and fun, but it's a great way to hydrate! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      You are so right, Sunshine625! Like me, you are also living where it is hot most if the tune. Watermelon his the spot! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome ideas and always worth the try.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, DDE! It was a cake I was proud of and will make again!

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      Ryem 2 years ago from Maryland

      I've been looking for something like this! Thanks for sharing.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      You're welcome, Ryem! I hope you enjoy it!

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      Dilip Chandra 2 years ago from India

      Wow, this is good. Just fruit, i will try it. Next time when watermelons are available, i am gonna have this cake prepared at my home :)

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I hope you enjoy it, dilipchandra! Thank you for your kind comment!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      A watermelon cake! How original and creative. So healthy and perfect for we vegetarians. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting and will pin and share. Just perfect!

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      Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

      This look excellent and tasty, thanks for sharing. Something to make with my daughter.

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      What a delightful idea and I will revisit this hub in the summer when Florida watermelons are plenty and try it by your instructions.

      Have a great 2015,

      I will share with Twitter and put it on my re-pin board.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Not only is this a great idea but one I have to share with my daughter. I bought her one of those poppers because her son eats so much fruit. Wait'll I tell her about your brilliant watermelon cake!

      Of course as a celiac anything lacking gluten makes my day ;)

      Voted up, useful, and interesting. A five star recipe.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      Yum! Perfect for a party or for hot weather. I was first introduced to watermelon 'cake' this past summer & I thought it was brilliant. A friend had a huge chunk of watermelon trimmed to a 'cake' shape, covered with whipped topping and decorated with sliced fruit & some berries. It was heaven. And it was almost guilt-free decadence.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Heck, I think I could even "bake" this one successfully! :) Great idea and photos. Voted up, useful and beautiful!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      vocalcoach , thank you so much for visiting, commenting, sharing and pinning! You are so appreciated! We really enjoyed making it so much that it is becoming a "tradition" here.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Hezekiah! I hope you and your daughter enjoy making it as much as my daughter and I did! Thank you for visiting my hub!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Bobbi, thank you so much! I hope you enjoy making it as much as we did! I truly appreciate your visit, comment and share! You have a wonderful 2015, as well!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Mary, thank you so much! It was really fun and though I didn't get any good pictures of it, the pizza one was really cute, too! I hope you and your family enjoy it!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      March, thank you so much! I haven't had the frosted kind yet but have heard good things about them! Since I'm not good at icing a regular cake, I shudder to think of what a mess of make of this!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Heidi! I am not a baker, either, do this cake is right up my alley! I appreciate the comment and votes!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I like the fruit kabobs. They look like they would be fun to make and to eat. Cutting up fruits into fun shapes looks like good way to keep kids interested in healthy food.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, poetryman6969! They were fun o make and the kids were all grabbing them as fast as we put them out. The cake, however, was a bit more difficult to eat!

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      Patricia Scott 13 months ago from sunny Florida

      How clever is that...I play cards with friends and we all bring a healthy appetizer to munch on between hands. I will have to take this to our next part.

      pinned and shared

      Hoping all is well with you and yours, Randi

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Randi Benlulu 13 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Patricia! It's a fun one! I hope you enjoy!

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      Patricia Scott 13 months ago from sunny Florida

      I will!!! for sure.

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      Audrey Howitt 8 months ago from California

      And watermelon is so good for you!!

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      Randi Benlulu 8 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Exactly, Audrey! My daughter was vegan and I wanted to find something thatcwas healthy, pretty and fun!

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