This simple fresh watermelon layer cake dessert is easy to make and only contains fresh fruit! Feel free to customize by using the fruit of your choice. It makes a beautiful presentation and would be perfect for summer get togethers, birthdays, and other special occasions.
I love this time of year. The weather is warming up, all of the plants and flowers are thriving again, and the markets are filled with fresh summer produce. Every market haul includes loads of fresh fruit, which we snack on all throughout the day. One of our favorites is watermelon, which we all practically can eat our weight in!
The other day, I found watermelon on sale for $2 each! Isn’t that a great deal? Needless to say, I bought way too many. There’s something in my DNA which prohibits me from passing up a deal. 😉
Over the years, I’ve seen many versions of this watermelon “cake” on Pinterest, which can range from thick watermelon slices cut into wedges, like a pizza, or watermelon cylinders frosted with cool whip, and then the layered “cake,” like I have here. Since I have so many watermelons on hand, I thought I’d be fun to make a watermelon cake of my own. Memorial Day and 4th of July are coming up here in the U.S., so I gave it a patriotic twist, using red, white, and blue fruit! I even cut out a few stars to sprinkle over the top to make it extra festive!
I have several family members who are either currently serving or have served our country in the Armed Forces, so I am continually thankful and aware of the sacrifices that are made for our freedom each and every day. If you are actively serving or have served our country in the past, THANK YOU so much for your service to our country!!
I love this cake because it can be easily customized using your favorite fruit or whatever is in season. Use different shaped cutters or omit the cutouts for a healthier take on birthday cake or a pretty dessert to take to a party. Whatever the occasion, I hope you enjoy this simple dessert idea!
- 1 whole seedless watermelon
- fresh fruit of choice—I used 2 white peaches, 1 green apple, ¾ pound fresh strawberries, and 1 pint fresh blueberries
- juice of 1 lemon, to coat white fruit to keep it from turning brown
- skewers to hold cake together, optional
- Cut peaches, strawberries, and any other larger fruit into thin slices. Set aside.
- If making cut outs, slice fruit about ¼-inch thick (I used green apples and white peaches) and use a small cutter to cut out shapes. If using white fruit, coat cutouts with lemon juice to keep from turning brown.
- Cut three or four ¾–1 inch watermelon slices. Use a small plate as a guide to cut watermelon circles out of the rind. Place 1 watermelon "cake" layer on serving plate and top with fruit (I used strawberry and peach slices, and blueberries. Repeat with remaining watermelon layers and fruit. Top with extra berries and cutouts, if using.
- To help keep "cake" together, you can push a few skewers (cut to size) through all the layers. Just remember to remove before serving. Not really necessary if you're building on the spot and serving right away.
- Inspired by this tutorial on Craftsy.
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