Poppy’s 3rd b’day watermelon ‘cake’14

Posted on November 15, 2013 by ChristieNorthern Rivers Stories, Web Favs


I’m not going to get all sentimental about how my baby girl is 3, but really, I can’t believe it! 3 years went really fast.

Poppy’s favourite things to eat recently are watermelon and icing (from cupcakes or donuts). So when I saw this amazing idea on my amazing friend Viola’s blog (go check it out) I was all set for her birthday cake.

You see, this isn’t a cake at all….

It’s a big square of watermelon covering icing.

Pretty cool, huh?!

Viola’s beautiful recipe cut the watermelon into a round cake shape, but I’m not talented enough for that, and the icing was made of whipped cream and mascarpone (drool!). However, that combo is a bit sophisticated for a toddler so I stuck with whipped cream, powdered sugar and raw cacao.

Oh and I made it a tiny individual cake, just for her…


She was definitely very interested in the sugar pearls, but not so much the icing. In fact, she wanted to leave the table before we’d even sung her the birthday song!

Once we cut into it and she realised it was watermelon we were all systems go. After we washed off the icing, that is. Sigh. Kids never like what you think they are going to!!! No use getting upset about it :)

The one thing I am very happy about is that Dillon’s mum decided to crouch down and hold Max up so they could be in the photo together.

Max, the photo-bombing extraordinaire!!!

Definitely one for an embarrassing milestone birthday in years to come.

watermelon3What do you think of the watermelon ‘cake’? Am I a mean mum for having such a healthy cake for her birthday? But look! She really loved it, promise!

Very special thanks to Viola for the inspiration!

Christie x
  • Christine

    Happy birthday Poppy! I love this idea of a watermelon cake… I am also a watermelon fiend too so would love getting a surprise watermelon under the icing as well! hehe

    • Watermelons are just starting to get yummy and sweet again. There’s a man down the road from us who grows them in his hobby garden – can’t wait for him to put the sign out again this year to say they’re for sale! Sooo much better than the ones from the supermarket.

  • Lynda @HomeleaLass

    The watermelon cake is a fabulous idea! I love that Poppy wanted the icing washed off. :)


    • She’s a pretty funny little chicky. But hey, it was her birthday so however she wanted it, she got it! Healthier too :)

  • Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo

    my kids would have thought that was the best cake EVER!

    • Well I will happily make it for them one time – so quick and easy :)

  • Gourmanda

    How funny that she didn’t want the sweet icing but wanted the healthy fruit! Great habit to have, and the best birthday cake is one you can eat by yourself. :)

    • You’re right, I shouldn’t really complain. She loves fruit. But she does also eat the icing off donuts… so she knows the sweet stuff when she comes across it! :)

  • Tina @ bitemeshowme

    awww happy birthday to Poppy! xx

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Aww she’s so grown up now! Happy Birthday lovely Poppy and I love seeing Max in the background with his lil mohawk-too cute! :D

    • I know! Actually I was just going through some old photos the other day and found ones from the tea room in Westfield and couldn’t believe what a chubby little baby she was then – doesn’t seem that long ago! Max’s hair does like that when you wash and dry it, so funny :)

  • AmandaChewTown

    I really do think the watermelon cake idea is excellent! Happy belated birthday to Miss 3 and how quickly is Max growing up!!

  • Heidi Apples

    Christie…I just cannot handle the sweetness of your kids. No, really. Too cute :) what a fab idea!! Ben is mad for watermelon. Happy birthday little watermelon loving lady x

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