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Happy Birthday Fruit “Cake” ~ A Tutorial

Sometimes, it’s nice to have an alternative to the traditional flour and sugar cake. For my baby’s second birthday last weekend, I made a cake from just fruit {and toothpicks}.

Isn’t it darling? It wasn’t that hard, and it was a very nice change.

Here’s how to make your own – the directions are found in the book Fruit Bouquets for Celebrations which we picked up at the grocery store! There are a lot of really cute ideas in this book! I highly recommend it.

You’ll need: watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, grapes {green & purple}, blueberries, pineapple, and toothpicks.

To make your own “fruit” cake: Start with a slab of watermelon. Each cake layer is about 3″ tall, so keep that in mind.

Get a slab of watermelon by cutting the top and bottom off (it should be larger than the finished size of 3″). Then carefully, cut the rind off, trying to keep the watermelon chunk round.

To get your layers as even as possible, use a ruler and insert toothpicks all around your fruit at 3″. Rest your  knife on top of the toothpicks and slice off the top layer to get an even 3″ slab.

For layer #2, cut the top and bottom off a honeydew melon. Clean out the seeds and cut the rind off this melon too. Using the same toothpick trick from the watermelon, make this slab also an even 3″ from top to bottom.

For layer #3, cut the bottom off the cantaloupe. Use the same toothpick trick, but you want to keep the cantaloupe bowl shaped, so measure down from the top.

Carefully cut the rind off the cantaloupe and even it out.

Stack up your layers. Don’t worry too much about minor imperfections – you’ll fix them with the “frosting.” If you need to, add toothpicks to hold the layers together.

Now it’s time to decorate!

To make the flowers, cut a small bit off the end of grape. Make six slits in the grape. Be careful not to slice all the way through. Insert a toothpick through the grape and add a blueberry center!

For the candles, stack blueberries on a toothpick and a small piece of pineapple to make the flame!

And last, but not least, make a delicious fruit salad with all of the leftovers!


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Hiking Valerie

Sunday 19th of April 2015

Thank you for the great photos and instructions. My cake creation went smoothly and I was able to make the grape/blueberry flowers too! I served it with a fruit dip made with banana, frozen pineapple and coconut milk.

Michelle Marine

Monday 20th of April 2015

Your fruit dip sounds wonderful! I'm so glad you're happy with your fruit cake! :-)

Angela @ Joy Focused Learning

Wednesday 19th of February 2014

I made a fruit birthday cake for my daughter's school treat on her birthday last year. It was a big hit, yours looks beautiful!

Michelle Marine

Thursday 20th of February 2014

They're fun, aren't they! Glad your cake was a hit. :-)


Tuesday 21st of January 2014

How fun. I think my family would smack me if I made this instead of cake.

md Kennedy

Monday 6th of January 2014

What a great idea! I may decorate it with some sugar-free meringues.

Georgia Beckman

Sunday 5th of January 2014

Now THIS is a cake I could totally go for! I pinned this. And my birthday is in 4 days, maybe I"ll make this for me!

Michelle Marine

Sunday 5th of January 2014

Happy Birthday!! :-)

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