It’s Nicole’s Birthday and she and her girlfriend Marie drove a good 7 hours to spend her birthday weekend with us! Nicole is a big fan of watermelon so I thought I’d make her a watermelon cake! Michael was all about helping and I was all about letting him. I love when he helps me in the kitchen!
It turned out better than I expected and here is how we dazzled up a box cake mix!
- 1 box of white cake mix
- 2 store-bought containers of white icing
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Red food color
- Green food color
Prepare the cake batter as directed on the box (keeping out 1 teaspoon of dry mix – set aside). Add as many drops of red food coloring you need to in order to make it a watermelon red/pink color. Add 3/4 cups of MINI chocolate chips and fold those into the batter by hand (To prevent all the chips from sinking to the bottom of the cake while baking, dust the chips with the teaspoon of dry cake batter you set aside before folding them into the wet batter. This will help the chips to stay suspended) Bake according to the box directions in (2) 8″ round pans. (I baked for 27 minutes)
Separate 1/2 of one can of frosting in a small bowl and set aside. Put the remaining half of the container and entire second container of frosting in another bowl. I like to make sure we have frosting on our cakes in this house!!
Add red food color to the first bowl with only half a can in it. Make it as close to the batter color you can. This will be the frosting between the 2 cakes. You want it pink because when you slice a piece you want it to represent the flesh of the watermelon.
Add green food coloring to the remaining icing to a rich green for the rind color.
Once the cakes have completely cooled, trim the top of one of your cakes with a bread knife so it has a flat top. Slap on the red/pink icing, leaving 1/4 inch gap around the edge of the cake. When you stack the second layer, the cake will squish the icing to the edges. Be sure not to get the icing on the sides of the cake, just the top of the first slab.Next stack the second cake. Finish frosting with the green icing for the rind. You can be messy with it as to provide a bit of texture to represent the lines in the rind of a watermelon! I took my icing spatula and made “ridges” in the cake to make the rind texture.
Cut a pie piece of the cake and serve on it’s side as a watermelon slice!
The cake was a hit! Happy Birthday Nicole!
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