I always like to make my daughter a home made cake for her birthday. I’m not too naive to know that once she starts school, she’ll be exposed to plenty of sugar, sweets and junk food. But it’s never too early to show her that eating healthy can be fun and delicious! The cakes I’ve made so far have been really easy and yummy, and it’s great to be able to control what goes in it. Plus, it’s my mission to help EVERYONE enjoy decadence without the extra sugar! 🙂
This year, we were actually traveling for the entire 2 weeks around her birthday. I wasn’t going to be in my kitchen or have the tools necessary to make my very favorite vanilla bean cake for her (recipe here). I also wasn’t going to have much time at all, since we were arriving at my folks house the day before. I was so excited to make this SIMPLE, EASY, FAST and few-ingredient ‘cake’ that I KNEW my daughter would LOVE! What are some of your child’s favorite foods or fruits? Well, for my daughter strawberries (in last years cake!) and watermelon tops the list! So I made her a watermelon cake! I was a bit nervous as to the reception it would receive from the older generation of ‘traditional’ folks at the party. I can’t even tell you how touched, surprised and happy I was that EVERYONE, from ages 2 to 93, LOVED the cake. From the taste to the creativity, it was a big hit!
I used my coconut whipped cream as the frosting and filling between the layers. Have less time? Skip the layers! For the kiddies, I made watermelon cupcakes! So easy and cute too! I used a glass to cut out a watermelon ‘cupcake’ and piped my coconut cream frosting on top! I like the coconut cream since it’s vegan (so if folks have dairy allergies or are kosher and you’re serving meat) most everyone can enjoy it!
Once it’s frosted, have fun decorating it! You can use coconut shreds on the sides or sliced almonds or other nuts or different fruits… be creative, have fun and involve the kids! (Young or old! I involved my dad… the biggest kid I know!) I used organic berries and fresh mint from my folks’ garden! 🙂
If you want to find out why watermelon is so great, check out my article on the topic here!
Have a delicious day!