Friday, May 11, 2012

Fruit {Cake} for a Summer Birthday

Ever wondered what to make for someone on a diet for their birthday? Well, wonder no more; I have the answer for you here. One of the sweet ladies in my office (I call her Granny) is on the South Beach Diet and asked me to please not make a cake or cupcakes for her birthday. I'm sorry, what?? But, I'm a pastry chef. It's kinda what I do!

How gorgeous is that??


So, of course, I hit up Pinterest for ideas. Oh man. I was not let down. This idea is so great that I would make it for a summer barbecue, a brunch, or, well, to be an honest, an afternoon snack. If you know a fruit lover you have to make this. I mean it. If you don't, you're just plain mean. It's so easy. At first, I thought, "I don't carve fruit. How do I tackle this watermelon?" Don't even worry. Beginners, don't think it's not for you. If I can do this, you can too.

So sad I missed this white spot! 


You start with a large watermelon, as smooth as you can find, with minimal lumps and bumps. I literally moved every single watermelon that Walmart had in the bin to find the best one from the bunch. Sorry I don't have a step-by-step picture tutorial. I never think about that until after the fact so I'll do my best to explain in words.



First, I cut off each end of the watermelon. Then I turned it to stand up on one end and started carving down each side with a large, sharp knife, turning as I cut, making sure to get as much rind and white off as I could. Then I went back around, carving until I was satisfied with the "cake" shape. Next, I peeled and sliced kiwi and used it for the bottom border. I washed and dried the strawberries, cut them in half, then used them to decorate the top border, securing each one with a toothpick. I used one large, beautiful strawberry for the center of the top of the cake. Granny LOVES butterflies so, with the help of my sweet mama, I hand cut butterfly shapes out of cantaloupe and used a sliver of strawberry for the body, also using a toothpick to secure them to the sides of the cake. I hope that makes sense. I read it out loud to one of my sisters and another sister's boyfriend. :) If you have any questions or need clarification, please feel free to ask!



There you have it, folks. A delicious, nutritious treat for a special (or just because) occasion. Hope all you mothers out there have a wonderful Mother's Day! My family and I are currently at the beach and loving life.  Family fun, relaxing at a vacation home on the water....oh yeah! Until next time, happy reading and, more importantly, happy cupcake-ing!







37 comments:

  1. I love stopping by your blog! You always have the most decadent looking desserts! This is stunning!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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  2. What a gorgeous, fun, healthy alternative to a traditional cake. So great! Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

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  3. Oh i JUST LOVE this.... i mean LOVE... thanks for sharing.

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  4. This is amazing!! You are so talented with tons of great ideas!! We love that you share with all of us! We're so glad you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Thanks for coming and we hope you'll be back. -The Sisters

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  5. This is amazing! My sister would love this...Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  6. Holy cow this is awesome! love love love it!!

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  7. I was just telling my 5 year old that this is what I wanted to do for my baby's first birthday. Yours turned out wonderful!

    I'd love for you to link up to our Finished Friday blog party.

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  8. Oh my goodness, I LOVE THIS IDEA! I would never have thought to use a watermelon as a cake! Looks so refreshing and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I am not kidding you... My daughter asked for a watermelon birthday cake and this is just perfect!!! Thanks for linking this up... I will be featuring this on my blog... and I will let you know how the cake goes later on!

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  10. Oh wow, a watermelon! Looks great - we are HUGE watermelon fans around here - this would be a perfect cake. Thanks for sharing at our party.

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  11. I'm featuring you this week on Creative Thursday. Stop on by and take a peek.

    Michelle

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  12. Wow! Beautiful AND healthy! Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you again this week.

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  13. Heather, this is beautiful! I am featuring you tomorrow on Fab Friday! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful, beautiful idea! Can't wait to see what you bring tomorrow! xoxoxo

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  14. This is so fabulous! Pinning it!

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  15. This cake is awesome!!!!! Soo inventive! I have a had fun checking out your blog ...can you say yum! ..I found you on Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons, I would love it if you would link up to my linky party going on now!
    Kim@madeinaday
    http://madeinaday.com

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  16. This is such an awesome idea that I will definitely will be using in the near future!! Just hope I can get it looking as good as yours does!! Your instructions made perfect sense:) Thanks for sharing... will be sharing on my FB page as well as tweeting:D Oh.. and of course pinning it!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad the directions made sense!! :) It really is easier than I thought it would be so have fun! If you do make it, let me know so I can see :) Have a blessed Memorial weekend!

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  18. Heather, this is genius and I LOVE it!! Perfect for summertime gatherings. Will be doing this for sure!!

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  19. This is SO cool! I love it! Pinned for some summertime fun! :)

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  20. That turned out gorgeous! Looks delicious too!

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