Last week I gave a little sneak peek on Instagram for today's post. We celebrated Carl's half-birthday (yes,
For his celebration this year, I decided to make him an adorable little watermelon cake. I wanted to make him something healthier than a real cake. So I decided to make it out of his favorite food: watermelon.
If you haven't read already, Carl is obsessed with watermelon. We have to hide the bowl in the back of the fridge because if he sees it, he goes nuts. I don't mean "whines a little kind of nuts," I mean, "the screaming "mmmmm" and pointing and when the fridge door shuts, falling to the ground kicking and screaming like we told him he could never eat another bite of watermelon again" kind of nuts.
So I knew that if Carl could request any food for such a special occasion, he would pick watermelon.
Last year, I made this messy chocolate half-cake:
|I can't believe how much he has changed!!|
And just recently, we made a similar little watermelon cake for Carl's future-girlfriend's first birthday:
So here are the simple steps to making this adorable little cake. What kid wouldn't want to eat such a cute little cake?
- fruit to decorate (I chose blueberries but you could use any fruit!)
1. Cut the watermelon in half. Then cut off the rounded ends of the watermelon to create a square-like shape.
2. Carve off the skin to the watermelon.
3. Cut off a thin layer of the top of the watermelon to make it flat.
4. Cut the watermelon into your desired shape. For the first birthday, I cut the watermelon into a circle shape. For Carl's, I cut it into a half-circle (for his 1/2 birthday of course). If desired, you can round off the edges to the top of the watermelon like I did below (I didn't do this for the 1st birthday cake but thought I'd try it for Carl's. I like both methods).
5. Place the watermelon on the dish you want to serve it on. It is not easy to move afterwards.
6. Plop a giant spoonful of cool whip on the top of the watermelon.
7. Spread the cool whip out towards the sides and down. It is easier to place a giant spoonful on top and then spread out and down rather than trying to "ice" the sides (because of the slipperiness of the watermelon).
8. To create the porcupine effect, place our spoon gently onto the cool whip and gently pull the spoon away. This will drag the cool whip with the spoon creating small peaks.
9. Then it's time to decorate. I wanted to place a C for Carl on his cake. I used the thin slice of watermelon I had cut off earlier.
10. I cut a small C using the tip of my knife.
11. Then decorate with fruit. I place blueberries all over the cake.
*Note: This is not a cake that can be made way in advance because the watermelon and cool whip create a watery mess. I made this a couple hours before I wanted to serve it and kept it in my fridge. It held up for a few hours just fine but I wouldn't go longer than that.
|Carl grabbed the giant chunk left from the cake I had been cutting off of and tried to eat it. He thought he was sneaky and hilarious.|