Friday, August 24, 2018

How to Make a Layered Watermelon Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

This is the best seasonal dessert with summer fruit - and it's gluten free, vegan and paleo
Have you ever needed to have a dessert for your gluten free, grain free, dairy free, processed food free friend or vegan family member and had NO IDEA what to make? 

Or maybe you're the one with dietary restrictions and you are tired of not having dessert. 

Whether you or a friend is a vegan, paleo, or gluten free, you can still make a fun "cake" that everyone will enjoy. 

It has the added perk of being no-bake, which means no heating up your home during the summer!

It's just as pretty as a normal cake made with flour but with better-for-you ingredients. A watermelon cake truly without guilt!

This delightful gluten free dessert really takes advantage of the bounty of fresh fruit you can get during the summer.

The star of this show stopping dessert is watermelon, of course. The toppings let you get creative with blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.

The coconut frosting is sweet, creamy and to die for.

Seriously, everyone will love this fresh watermelon cake dessert recipe!

The red, white and blue colors make it perfect for patriotic holidays like the Fourth of July, Veterans Day or Memorial Day. It's sure to be a hit at any BBQ or potluck you bring it to this summer.

How to Make a Fresh Watermelon Cake


Ingredients

  • 1 medium-large seedless watermelon
  • 2 cans Trader Joe's coconut cream*
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar** (if paleo, use 1/4 cup raw honey instead!)
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries**
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries**
  • 1/4 cup fresh blackberries**
  • 1 large fresh strawberry**
*Trader Joe's is the only brand of coconut cream I have found that is thick and creamy throughout the whole can. Others have a cream layer on top but are still watery underneath. No Trader Joe's? Instead, you can get 4 cans of full fat coconut milk and refrigerate it for 6 hours to encourage the cream to rise to the top. Then, scoop the fatty part out and use that in place of the coconut cream

**Creative Green Living recommends purchasing these ingredients as organic where available to avoid GMOs, pervasive pesticides and/or questionable farming practices.



Directions

How to Make a Watermelon Cake STEP 1: Shape the Watermelon Cake

Cut one end off of the watermelon.
how to carve a watermelon cake from a fresh melon

Turn the watermelon so it is standing on the flat end and use a chef's knife to cut away the rind.
how to carve a watermelon into a cake

Look at the profile of the watermelon. Most watermelons will be narrow on bottom and on top. Cut off the sloped bottom and top so you are left with a middle piece, about 4 inches in height.
Watermelon cake recipe - how to carve a watermelon into a cake

Use your knife to shape the remaining watermelon into a round shape.
how to make a fresh watermelon cake with coconut frosting

Finally, cut the round watermelon "cake" in half, creating 2 stackable rounds. Wrap each round in paper towels to absorb surface moisture and set aside until frosting is ready.
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How to Make a Watermelon Cake STEP 2: Make the Coconut Cream Frosting

To a large mixing bowl, add 2 cans of coconut cream, 1/4 tsp almond extract and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. Add 1 cup powdered sugar (or 1/4 cup honey if making the paleo version) and mix on high for 1 minute. Once mixing is complete, put frosting in fridge for 1-2 hours to firm up.
how to make vegan coconut cream frosting for a fresh watermelon cake

How to Make a Watermelon Cake STEP 3: Assemble the Watermelon Cake

To assemble the cake, place one piece of watermelon on a cake stand. Top with approximately 1/2 cup of frosting, spreading to the edges. One at at time, place blueberries in the frosting, close together, to cover the frosting layer. Top with another 1/2 cup frosting and spread smooth.

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Place the next watermelon layer on top. Frost the top and sides of the cake.
coconut cream frosting on a watermelon cake

Garnish with berries. For best results maintaining the layer structure once sliced, allow to sit at in the fridge for 1-2 hours to allow the frosting to set.
I love this recipe for a no bake watermelon friut cake. It's the perfect healthy dessert for anyone that loves fresh fruit but not traditional cake. It's gluten free, vegan and paleo.

I love this recipe for a no bake watermelon friut cake. It's the perfect healthy dessert for anyone that loves fresh fruit but not traditional cake. It's gluten free, vegan and paleo.

I love this recipe for a no bake watermelon friut cake. It's the perfect healthy dessert for anyone that loves fresh fruit but not traditional cake. It's gluten free, vegan and paleo.


Enjoy!

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I love this recipe for a no bake watermelon friut cake. It's the perfect healthy dessert for anyone that loves fresh fruit but not traditional cake. It's gluten free, vegan and paleo.

Printable Watermelon Cake Recipe


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Yield: 10 slices 

Layered Watermelon & Berry Fruit Cake

prep time: 2 hour and 30 minscook time: 45 minstotal time: 2 hours and 75 mins
Have you ever needed to have a dessert for your gluten free, grain free, dairy free, processed food free friend or vegan family member and had NO IDEA what to make? Or maybe you're the one with dietary restrictions and you are tired of not having dessert. Whether you or a friend is a vegan, paleo, or gluten free, you can still make a fun "cake" that everyone will enjoy.

ingredients:

1 medium-large seedless watermelon
2 cans Trader Joe's coconut cream (or 4 cans full fat coconut milk - see notes below)
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar (if paleo, use 1/4 cup raw honey instead!)
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1/4 cup fresh blackberries
1 large fresh strawberry

instructions:


  1. Cut the rind off of the entire watermelon. Cut off the sloped top and bottom so you are left with a large round center with straight sides that you will use for the cake. Slice in half to make two layers for the cake.
  2. Wrap the watermelon cake layers in paper towels or a clean flour sack towels and set aside until ready for frosting.
  3. To a large mixing bowl, add 2 cans of Trader Joe's coconut cream, 1/4 tsp almond extract and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. Add 1 cup powdered sugar (or 1/4 cup honey if making the paleo version) and mix on high for 1 minute. Put in fridge for 1-2 hours to firm up.
  4. To assemble the cake, place one piece of watermelon on a cake stand. Top with approximately 1/2 cup of frosting, spreading to the edges. One at at time, place blueberries in the frosting, close together, to cover the frosting layer. Top with another 1/2 cup frosting and spread smooth.
  5. Place the next watermelon layer on top. Frost the top and sides of the cake.
  6. Garnish with berries. 
  7. For best results maintaining the layer structure once sliced, place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to allow the frosting to set before slicing.

NOTES:

Trader Joe's is the only brand of coconut cream I have found that is thick and creamy throughout the whole can. Others have a cream layer on top but are still watery underneath. 

No Trader Joe's? Instead, you can get 4 cans of full fat coconut milk and refrigerate it for 6 hours to encourage the cream to rise to the top. Then, scoop the fatty part out and use that in place of the coconut cream
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About the Author:

Carissa Bonham is a cookbook author and busy mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living, she won the Craftys Award for the "Best Craft Blogger" category in 2016 and the ShiftCon award for "Best DIY Blogger" in 2018.

She is the author of the hardcover cookbook, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017) and several ebooks. Her projects have been featured in magazines like Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Capper's Farmer and Urban Farm Magazine. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter or join the Creative Green Living community group.
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1 comment:

  1. I finally got around to reading this post after seeing both of your Instagram posts about it. It looks delicious! I pinned it and will definitely be trying it later this summer. Maybe for the 4th of July!

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