Let’s first agree that dessert is the best. It’s so sweet and fun and can bring a smile to the poutiest faces. But can we also agree that fitting dessert into a healthy lifestyle can sometimes be a challenge. We all want a sweet treat occasionally (or maybe not so occasionally) that feels indulgent, yet doesn’t set us back on our path to living our most awesome life.
Enter: Watermelon Cake. It’s not technically a cake in the traditional baked sense, but it is shaped and decorated like one, so it happily tricks my brain every time! You can use your favorite traditional frosting or whipped cream or give our 3-ingredient, plant-based, vegan frosting a try.
Cutting the watermelon into a cake shape is the hardest part, but don’t feel bad about the excess you cut off. Blend and strain your extra watermelon shavings into a refreshing watermelon water!
Watermelon Cake with 3-ingredient Vegan Frosting Recipe
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6-10 slices
Difficulty Level: 3
1 small watermelon
2 cups coconut cream
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
Fresh fruit for decoration (additional yummy toppings are nuts, seeds & dried fruit)
- To get coconut cream, refrigerate two cans of coconut milk for an hour or more and avoid shaking. Once chilled, scoop out the top half of the cream that has separated from the coconut water. Reserve the coconut water for drinking, making popsicles, or whatever other fun things you can think of!
- To make frosting, whip coconut cream and maple for 30 seconds. Pause to scrape down sides.
- Whip for another 30 seconds, this time slowly drizzling in coconut oil. Pause to scrape down sides.
- Whip for a final 30 seconds and refrigerate until ready to use. The frosting should be thick enough to coat your spoon. If you over blend it will look a little crumbly but will still work and be totally delicious!
- Now to the watermelon. With a towel or two handy to wipe up juice, cut off top and bottom of watermelon to make two flat, wide surfaces. You will need to remove a few inches from each side.
- Using a long, flexible knife, cut around the melon between skin and pink flesh. Flip the melon over to connect the cuts at the middle if needed. Then remove the skin to reveal your watermelon cake shape!
- Once skin is removed, blot the watermelon to remove excess moisture.
- Frost your watermelon and decorate with fresh fruit or other tasty goodies. We used 2 kiwis, ½ cup blueberries, and a handful of sliced strawberries.
- Refrigerate until you are ready to serve. Pro Tip: Your Watermelon Cake will definitely be juicy so hold it on a serving dish with a lip so excess juice will stay contained.
Bring your gorgeous Watermelon Cake to your next picnic or serve it after a sunny BBQ for instant smiles and delight. Pair with Yummi Bears Complete Multi-Vitamin for a nutritious dessert even your picky eater will love!
If you enjoyed this recipe, you’ll like our simple Pick-Me-Up Papaya Carrot Smoothie!