Looking for a refreshing and healthy treat, gluten free, that doesn’t involve baking? Try a watermelon cake.
Slicing the watermelon into the shape of a cake creates the base, and the whipped coconut cream creates the frosting.
Use Nuts or Toasted coconut and fresh fruit to add a beautiful and delicious decoration.
You can use edible flowers for the top. You can use a thick yoghurt or whipped cream instead of coconut milk if you use dairy products (it must be VERY thick or it will not adhere well to the watermelon). This cake is best when served within a few hours of assembly.
– 1 large watermelon, seedless preferable
– 2 cans full fat coconut milk (left in fridge for 6 hours or more)
– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1 Tbsp. raw honey
– 1 cup sliced raw almonds or shredded coconut
– Seasonal fresh fruit (for topping)
– Cutting board
– Kitchen knife
– Measuring spoons
– Measuring cups
– 2 medium mixing bowls
– Hand Mixer
– Paper Towels
– Can opener
– Medium sized skillet
– Stirring spoon
TO MAKE THE COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM:
1. Place can of coconut milk in refrigerator for at least 6 hours (or overnight). Cream will then separate from milk. The cream will be at the top of the can.
2. Open can of coconut milk and scrape out cream into a medium sized bowl. Hint: Open can from bottom and pour milk into a separate container before scraping out cream. Use the saved milk for smoothies and other recipes.
3. Add vanilla and raw honey to mixture. Whip cream with a hand mixer on medium speed; work your way up to high speed until cream is fluffy. Place bowl of whipped cream in fridge until ready to use.
TO MAKE THE TOASTED ALMONDS OR COCONUT:
1. Place a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat and allow pan to get hot.
2. Add sliced almonds or shredded coconut and toss in pan until toasted and a light brown color. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.
1. Remove top/bottom from watermelon; remove rind from middle section. You should be left with a cake-shaped piece of watermelon. Slice watermelon “cake” into number of wedges/slices you want, e.g., 6-8 slices depending on size of watermelon. Slicing ahead of time makes it much easier to dip edges into icing and anything else you want to adhere to icing, such as almonds or toasted coconut.
2. Pat outside of watermelon dry with paper towels; this helps coconut whipped cream adhere better.
3. Dip outside edge of each slice into coconut whipped cream and then into the toasted almonds or coconut. Reassemble wedges into cake shape on a serving platter. Top with more whipped coconut cream and fresh fruit, e.g., blackberries, strawberries and kiwi. Serve or store in refrigerator until ready to serve.