This post is going to be short and sweet...sort of like this watermelon cake! It was a co-worker's birthday today and I wanted to make something that was healthy but still felt special and birthday worthy. Like me, I'm sure many of you have seen similar cakes on Pinterest - so I just took that as my guide to create this watermelon cake!
From the outside, it looks like a traditional cake that you might get from a French bakery or Whole Foods. But it's not until you cut it open that you see it's actually a whole watermelon on the inside!
This was actually pretty easy to put together...you just need a big knife and hand mixer (for the whipped cream).
So get yourself a big ol' watermelon, cut off the top and bottom. Lay it on the counter, cut side down and with your big knife, start cutting around the inside edge of the rind. You may have to flip the watermelon over and cut around the inside edge again to make sure you cut through all the way. The outside rind should then slide right up and you're left with a column of watermelon! Trim the sides and even out the top as necessary - but don't worry about making it too perfect. You can hide any imperfections with the whipped cream!
Next, you need a bowl (preferably metal and chilled to help keep the cream cold while whipping) and a pint (2 cups) of heavy whipping cream. With a hand-held mixer with the whisk attachment, start whipping the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Sprinkle 3-4 Tbsp of powdered sugar (or more/less to your taste) and continue whipping until stiff peaks form.
Cover your watermelon with the whipped cream. I recommend doing this just before serving since watermelon is, well, quite watery, and you want the whipped cream to stay on for as long as possible. I also recommend patting dry the outside surface of the watermelon with a paper towel. Once covered, decorate the top and sides with fruit, nuts or whatever else you prefer. I chose blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and kiwi (for a little pop of green).
And that's it! This makes for a refreshing summer treat that's not only pretty to look at but also pretty good for you!