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How to Make a Watermelon Cake

Updated on March 27, 2018
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Randi worked briefly with a caterer while her kids were young. It was there that she learned to make fruit baskets and decorative sweets.

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 both our Vegan/diet friendly. 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 skilled 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 ago. After that, I was hooked. I loved making melon balls to fill them with and carving elaborate 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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4.4 stars from 7 ratings of Watermelon Cake

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 munch 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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