Monday, August 16, 2010

Watermelon Cake

My baby had her first birthday this weekend. When I saw this watermelon cake on Betty Crocker I knew it was the one. Simple, colorful and cute!

Watermelon Cake
adapted from Betty Crocker

1 strawberry cake mix - eggs, water and oil as called for on box
2 cubes butter - room temperature
2 lbs powdered sugar
1tsp vanilla
1 tbsp - milk
Food coloring (gel food coloring will make dark and bold colors)
1.5 cups miniature chocolate chips

1. Make cake as directed on the box. Add a few drops of red food coloring to make the batter darker.
2. Add 1 cup mini chocolate chips to batter.
3. Pour batter evenly into 2 round cake pans.
4. Bake as directed on the box.
5. Let cakes cool before assembling and frosting.

Frost and Decorate:
1. Make butter cream frosting by mixing the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Add milk to get desired consistency. For pictures and further instructions on making butter cream frosting click HERE.
2. Divide frosting into 2 bowls  - about 2/3 in one bowl and 1/3 in the other.
3. Add red food coloring to the larger bowl and green to the smaller. Mix thoroughly.
I don't have a cake stand so I just turned over a large plate as my makeshift stand. Put a dab of frosting on the plate to keep the cake from slipping off. Place 1 cake on the plate. If if has a rounded top take a serrated knife and gently level it off.

Cover the cake with a thin layer of red frosting on the top top surface. Place the second cake on top.  Use the remaining red frosting to cover just the top portion of the cake.. Go slow and try not to drag crumbs. (Freezing your cake a few hours before you frost it will help keep the crumbs under control.) 

Use the green frosting to frost along the edge of the cake. Add mini chocolate chips to the top of the cake! (To give the cake even more texture you could press green jelly beans into the green frosting.)

Here's the birthday girl enjoying her cake. No messy face or hands here. She'd only poke her fingers in it. 


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  2. What a great looking cake!

    And an adorable baby!

  3. What a fun and creative cake! I love the idea! :)

  4. YUM!!! I just featured watermelon over at my blog last week. I wish I would have known about this one... TOO CUTE!!!

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  5. I absolutely adore this idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Well, now that's just cute! I love cake decorating ideas that are simple enough for me to do but make the cake look really special. Found you via Tip Junkie

  7. Seriously how precious and yummy is this!!!?! Cute! I'm happy to be your newest follower and I'd love to have you stop by Frou Frou Decor..I love new friends. I'd also like to invite you to link up to my weekly Fabulous Friday Finds party each Friday!! Hope to see you there!
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  8. that looks REALLY really good!
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  9. This is so cute - perfect for a summer party! I am sure kids would just love this.

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  10. What a cute idea! My kiddos would love this. And your little Miss is sure cute too.

    Thanks for linking to Messy Monday!

  11. Adorable recipe. I added it to my StumbleUpon reviews. ;)

  12. Wow that is the most unique cake I've ever seen and it looks like the birthday girl really enjoyed it

  13. What a great cake! And of course what a cutie pie!

  14. How adorable -- both cake AND baby! I can't believe she didn't dive headfirst into that cake. I wonder if she'll be tidy when she's a teenager ... one can only hope!

  15. I love this cake idea - what to copy it for labor day get together!
    What a cute baby you have!


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  17. Uh, yum. I need one of these pronto. It looks so good! It looks like your daughter is having a pretty great birthday!
    Thank you for sharing this on my first Friday link party! I hope you can join again next week!

  18. Too cute! And what a cute birthday girl, too! I may try this cake sometimes! Love the use of the mini chips! Patti in Texas

  19. What a great cake. So pretty, fun, and do-able!

  20. wow, this is such a cool looking and yummy desert, i could never have imagined i would see such a cute little cake,

  21. thats such a lovely looking cake, i wonder how you could get the idea of making a watermelon cake, simply yummy looking and the little one is enjoy it very much so it seems,

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