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Watermelon cake?

I am on the horns of a dilemma. A very sweet (vegetarian) child has requested I bake a "watermelon cake" for her 6th birthday (in two days). I've googled and I've binged, and found recipes for cakes that look like watermelon, cakes that have watermelon jello (!?) for flavoring, and a very few cakes that use watermelon as an ingredient. So - cute cake with nothing to do with watermelon? Or - watermelon-tasting, easy cake that has some animal's hooves in it? Or the real thing? Does anyone have a suggestion out there?

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  1. I wouldn't make a non-vegetarian cake for a vegetarian so I'd stay away from jello. What about making a watermelon simple syrup and brushing it over the cake? You could also use watermelon syrup in the frosting. If you want to do an ice cream cake, you could make watermelon ice cream or sorbet and use that for the layers.

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    1. re: chowser

      You're right, chowser, I can't do the jello. Oh, and just to make it more challenging, the site of the party is outside - a music in the park venue, so ice cream won't work, but the simple syrup idea is marvelous - thank you so much! I'm thinking of pureeing some watermelon and subbing into a recipe in the place of some liquid.

      1. re: rcallner

        You can make a jello mix using agar agar & watermelon juice which would make it okay for vegetarians/vegans. Also, something else that might work would be to make the cake using a white cake and watermelon juice. After baking, cut it into the shape of a watermelon then cover in fondant and decorate like a cut watermelon. Color the fondant to match the watermelon & seeds.

    2. Watermelon cheesecake: http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabo...

      Watermelon "cake" (actual watermelon served like a cake Martha-style): http://www.veggiebelly.com/2010/08/fr...

      1. How about a more standard birthday cake in watermelon colors (streaky green frosting, reddish pink (or red velvet) cake with chocolate chips, accompanied by a slice of Friendly's Wattamelon Roll ice cream (bring the package in a cooler with ice packs). I have my doubts that you can get much watermelon flavor into a cake without resorting to watermelon jello.

        1. You could also do a trifle of sorts, if you can make that "watermelon syrup" or puree. layer it in and soak the cake or ladyfingers... make a watermisu!

          or even use a syrup to soak a genoise which has been baked, cooled, (maybe pink tinted), poked with holes and covered with the syrup. you could sprinkle the top with sliced almonds or toasted pumpkin seeds, so that it looks like a watermelon. depending upon how lavish you want to go, my friend makes a vegan fondant that you could make, tint green, and wrap around the circumference of the cake as rind.