Fresh Fruit Watermelon Cake


Of all the joyous food discoveries I have made on the world wide web lately – this has to be my favorite: Watermelon. In the shape of a cake. The presentation beats the heck out of chopped up fruit salad in a bowl!

If you want to impress folks at your next summer potluck, you must make this “cake.” I made this thinking of my co-blogger Anne. After all, she once did some catering under the name “Belly Laughs,” and loves food that makes you smile. As Exhibit “A” to prove my theory, I offer Anne’s Mammo-grahams. Case closed.

I have been dying to try this idea since I saw it on Blogher a few weeks ago. All of us “ooohed” and “ahhhed” over it but we just couldn’t bear to cut up something this pretty, and so we just ate the bowl of scraps left over from making it. We decided to take it to a neighbor. Her text to me: “Are you kidding me? You are my kind of friend!”

I was worried that this “cake” would require a big investment in time and several boxes of toothpicks. Not so. There is only one toothpick in the entire “cake,” and that is to keep the jicama star on the very top in place. You could skip the star if you don’t have any toothpicks around. The rest of the fruit garnishes magically stick to the very sweet and wet watermelon. This took me about 20 minutes to put together from start to finish, and I will be taking this to every barbecue this summer. Easy. Fun. Real Fruit. What’s not to love about this?

To make a replica of this “cake” – these are the steps I used: 1) Cut three rounds of watermelon about four inches thick. One 8 inches in diameter, one 6 inches and one four inches. Stack them on top of each other on a 12 inch serving platter. 2) Cut some 1/4 inch slices of kiwi. Cut some slices of jicama about 1/4 inch thick, then use a star cookie cutter and cut out stars. Cut some grapes into 1/4 inch rounds. Cut pineapple into 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch squares. Cut a few strawberries in half. 3) Assemble as shown above. Trust me on this – the fruit will adhere without any toothpicks used (except for the star on the top).

Watermelon Cake

Watermelon in Cake Form

You can watch a fun video on how to put together your own fresh fruit creation on You Tube, and check out all kinds of watermelon cakes.

Can you think of a better way to celebrate summer fruit? I can’t.

— posted by Donna


    • says

      Sandee – I just added a paragraph of additional instructions. It looks hard, but this “cake” is really, really easy to put together. And, you can improvise while assembling!

  1. says

    What a great idea for a kids birthday party! I would love to share this idea (with the picture) on my own blog in a post with kids birthday treats, of course with a link to your website. Could you let me know if you’d be fine with that? Thank you so much!

  2. Morgan says

    This is the cutest “cake” I have ever seen! How fun!! I don’t think I can wait till the 4th!

  3. says

    This will be the perfect Grooms cake at my wedding this July!
    He hates cake but loves watermelon- you have saved me hours of searching for perfect cake.

  4. ShareBear says

    I just tried this and it came out perfectly! I even had to transport it to my work and it traveled great. I just wrapped it in plastic wrap and aside from a couple grapes and blueberries, everything stayed in place. The only downside was the water from the watermelon leaked in the car a bit. Received to rave reviews, I’ll definitely make again!

  5. Cinthya says

    If u don’t use anything to stick the fruit would I still be able to transport yhe cake without it falling apart or is it bettet to put it toghether once I get to my destination?

    • says

      Hi Cinthya – If you are traveling with the “cake,” I would take it all in zip top bags and put it together where you will be serving it. You CAN use toothpicks to hold the fruit on, but I didn’t need them. Good luck!

  6. Laura says

    Donna, what are the white shapes (stars and round disc at top) cut from? This is so beautiful! Can’t wait to put one together. Thank you for the inspiration!

  7. says

    This just makes me so happy. though, I must admit..I might try to smear some buttercream in-between the layers. What can I say…old habits die hard!

    • says

      You’re right, Lydia – this would be perfect to make with kids!!! Can’t wait until my darling Ruby (my only grandkid to live near me) gets old enough to cook with me!


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