Watermelon is generally thought of as a summer treat but, even when it’s not in season, you can serve it to family and friends. You can, that is, when the watermelon is really a cake. If you can bake and frost a regular cake you can make a watermelon cake. It’s a delicious dessert that’s suitable for many different occasions.
To make a watermelon cake you just need to choose the flavor you want. Mix according to package directions. Oil and flour two 9″ round cake pans to make a large watermelon cake. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake according to package directions. Remove cakes, allow to cool somewhat, then let them finish cooling on a wire rack.
First, stack the two cakes with no frosting between them. Cut the stack in half. Now separate all four pieces. Set one cake-half on a plate and frost the top with white icing. Position the second cake-half on top of it. Frost the second layer with white frosting – just on the top – then place the third cake-half on top. This cake should be turned upside-down so that the flat side is up. Frost this cake with white icing as well. After frosting the top of the third cake continue adding the icing to cover just the rounded area of all three cakes.
Take the leftover cake-half and make single slices of watermelon cake so that it doesn’t go to waste. Just cut it into three equal-size triangles. As you follow the instructions for frosting the stacked cakes do the same to the single pieces. At the rounded area of the stack, where the cakes have not been cut, frost with green frosting over the top of the white icing. Now frost the top cake and the cut area of the whole stack with red frosting. Turn the cake so that it is sitting on the green frosting and cover the unfrosted area of the cake with the red frosting.
Use chocolate-covered raisins to make the watermelon seeds. Stick them into the red frosting so that they are evenly spaced. Start by placing one “seed” on the very top of the cake, a couple of inches from the white layer of frosting. Put another one beside it, then another and another, leaving a couple of inches between them. Continue doing this until the seeds go all the way around the red area. Do the same to the single slices.
The finished watermelon cake might not taste like a watermelon but it sure does look like one! These cakes are perfect for summer parties, birthdays or just for serving to the family after dinner!