You know when you come across a dessert that makes you squeal inwardly (maybe outwardly too), and you just can't wait to try it? This is one of those recipes. It's a watermelon cake that doesn't just contain some watermelon flavoring -- the middle is actually a big piece of watermelon.
You frost it with a fluffy whipped cream frosting, and decorate it with other fruit. When it's finished, it looks like a regular old cake (see picture), but you cut it open, and it's like a big healthy fruit salad. Kids flip for it; adults adore it; and it couldn't be more perfect on a hot summer day.
1 whole watermelon
Fruit of your liking. (cantaloupe, strawberries, blackberries, kiwi, and grapes all work great)
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cut top and bottom off watermelon, then slice of fthe rind so that you have a cylinder-shaped cake. Like this:
Place on a platter.
Frost top and sides of cake.
Decorate with fruit, using toothpicks to secure fruit on the sides of the cake.
To make Frosting:
Whip cream until almost stiff. Add vanilla and sugar until peaks form and hold.
Note: You can also add toppings like coconut, granola, and nuts to personalize it as you wish.
Images via david olsson/Flickr