Want to have your cake and eat it too? Well now you truly can do just that. Watermelon cakes have been popping up on social media for the past few years, and I remember when I first caught a glimpse of said cake on Pinterest, I was amazed and had planned then that I’d attempt to make my own at home. Fast forward to today, I had yet to make one – until I saw an Instagram post by Alisa, founder of Go Dairy Free, where she showcased her own watermelon cake! Super elegant and pretty. It was the inspiration I needed to make my own version – just in time for our Canada Day long weekend.
I haven’t had any luck picking good watermelons this season but thank goodness that this one turned out perfectly ripe with no mushy areas. I don’t know if luck was on my side today or if Costco just rocks. I’m gonna go with the latter – because I’m obsessed with Costco for their service and the enormous amount of good products, especially all of the organic brands they’ve been stocking lately. My husband has a love-hate affair with them though. He loves all the great products they make available, but hates how we manage to spend so much money every time we go in there; and we’re weekly shoppers. I will say from experience, that going to Costco without a shopping list is a terrible idea – take my word for it, I almost never have a list with me. You go in with the intention of buying a single item, and somehow manage to walk out with a $150 bill…. :/
Today, I took my kids to said warehouse and walked out with a $201 grocery bill! But in my defense, Munsur made a list for me and I stuck to it…pretty much. I deviated twice. We’re having friends over tomorrow night to break fast with us, so I had to grab everything I needed to make sure I don’t panic come tomorrow when everything’s closed. I haven’t finalized the menu as of yet but I know what I’ll be serving for dessert ;) They’re going to go nuts!
We celebrate Canada’s birthday tomorrow and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the predicted hot summer day than with a slice of this amazing Watermelon Cake. If you don’t happen to have a watermelon at home and no icing or whipped topping, there’s no need to fret. You can go grocery shopping on Saturday and pick up the 3 items and make your very own cake this weekend.
Happy Canada Day and a safe long weekend to my Canadian friends, and a great weekend to the rest of you! xo
Free from: dairy, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, gluten, mustard, soy, fish, shellfish, animal product, animal byproduct.
- 1 large watermelon
- 1 container So Delicious Coconut Whipped Topping, or whipped topping/icing of choice
- 4-5 Strawberries, finely sliced OR
- Fresh fruit of choice if you won't be making a Canada cake
- Start by cutting some of the bottom off of the melon to stabilize it and make it easier on you to work with.
- Using a serrated knife, cut melon to desired shape and thickness. I chose a thick rectangular shape to make a flag, but you can make a circle or a square.
- Then, slice the melon in half horizontally. Spread some of the whipped topping on the one half and top with the other half. To ensure the melon doesn't slide off, secure with 2 wooden skewers to anchor pieces.
- Next, spread a thin layer of whipped topping in a fast back-and-forth motion around entire melon. It might be tricky at first to work with but keep at it, the icing/whipped topping will smooth itself out and adhere to the melon.
- Place in the freezer or fridge until whipped topping slightly sets - this will help with the final spreading of the topping. Minimum 30 minutes in the fridge. Shorter time if placed in the freezer.
- Once set, remove from freezer/fridge and spread remainder of the whipped topping onto entire melon cake. Remove skewers.
- Garnish with fresh fruits. Slice and serve immediately. Can be refrigerated uncovered until ready to serve.
- Slightly score cake, and layer thinly sliced strawberries so that they're overlapping. Use the small pieces/ends of the strawberry slices to make the maple leaf. Cut out shapes and fit onto cake like a puzzle, until you've achieved the look of a maple leaf.
- Prep time includes setting time in the fridge.