Recipe Experiment: Watermelon Cake! Say What?!
The original link for the recipe came from the blog Paleo Cupboard. The recipe is a bit lengthy so please just click the link and go visit them for the recipe. I will share my thoughts and pictures below.
It really didn't take me long to put together. I chilled the frosted cake for a little bit before I put the almonds around the side. I really didn't want to risk everything sliding off the watermelon. Suprisingly it doesn't.
I suppose you could use regular whipping cream or cool whip, but I'm not sure. The coconut milk with honey thickened up nicely and I'm not sure the others would do that. Another recipe did something a bit different with the frosting, using powdered sugar and a bit of coconut flour. Not sure why. I just stuck with the Paleo Cupboard version. I would probably try regular whipping cream next time, mainly because I'm not a fan of coconut.
It was a warm though wet evening but it was nice enough for the guys to eat outside. Hubby set up a table, covered it with paper and put crayons on it so people could doodle.
The key to keeping the frosting from slipping off is having a watermelon that is not too ripe, and "drying" the outside off with paper towels, or in my case, napkins.
The finished product. They recommended slicing the watermelon into 8 wedges and frosting and dipping the individual slices in the almonds. I DID NOT think that was going to work for me. I just know myself and I knew it wouldn't work. I frosted it just like a regular cake and pressed the almonds in with my hands.
Isn't that just the coolest looking cake! NO ONE guessed it was a watermelon under the frosting. What a surprise. Especially to our Vegan friend who was there.
What a success this was and I'm so glad I tried it.
With Joy UNquenchable,