Introduction: Watermelon Cake
Homemade, thick whipped cream covers a juicy ripe watermelon, and is adorned with tasty nuts and berries. This no bake cake requires almost no effort and looks fantastic.
I made this watermelon cake for StumpChunkman's birthday, and it looks and tastes more amazing than just about every other dessert I've ever had.
Step 1: Cut Watermelon
Watermelons are very juicy. It's a good idea to have a few cloths ready, and make sure your have a large enough work area.
Start by removing the cap from each end of the watermelon. You want to remove enough off each end of the watermelon to leave a wide cross section from which the cake cylinder will be cut from.
Depending on the size and shape of your watermelon expect to remove 2-5cm (1/2-2").
Stand the watermelon upright on one of the flat sides. Using a long slender knife cut along the inside of the watermelon just before the rind. Slowly work your way around the circumference ensuring the blade reaches the bottom on each cut. Flip the watermelon over and repeat the cut.
Next, cut the rind vertically to release the watermelon cylinder. Transfer watermelon cylinder to a serving plate and set aside.
Step 2: Prepare Fruit Toppings
Prepare your fruit toppings ahead of time. Warm whipped cream melts, and once the whipped cream is made the clock is ticking to get it to the table.
I chose small berries and a few slices of larger fruit. Some of the berries were cut in half, and the larger fruit was peeled then sliced thin. Each topping was put into a separate bowl and set aside.
Step 3: Make Whipped Cream
- large mixing bowl
- electric mixer with whisk attachment
- 1 cup whipping cream (33% M.F)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
When the whipped cream is made the clock is ticking; covering the watermelon and adding the fruit should be done quickly, but carefully.
Step 4: Cover Watermelon With Whipped Cream
Place a large dollop of whipped cream on the top of the watermelon and slowly push it of the edges evenly, and work the whipped cream down the sides. Repeat putting another dollop on the top and working it downwards until entire watermelon is covered.
Apply whipped cream covering quickly, but take the time to make it look right. For presentation, whipped cream was removed from the rim of the plate with a damp cloth.
Step 5: Add Fruit
Heavier fruits may slide down your cake sides, so best to put them on the top or slice them very thinly.
From the bottom up, I used:
- sliced almonds
- sliced kiwi
- sliced grapes
- sliced raspberries
- chopped pear
Step 6: Serve!
Slice thin wedges of watermelon cake, just like regular cake. The bright colour of the watermelon inside really makes this cake pop, and is perfect for these long, hot summer days.
Serve on it's own, or with a scoop of your favourite ice cream.
Have you made your own watermelon cake? I want to see it!
Happy making :)
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