Watermelon Cake by Petit World Citizen

Children’s birthdays these days are often a really big deal. Many times they involve elaborate parties with lots of interesting décor, guests, food, sugar, entertainment, and great goodie bags. Big parties—sometimes stressful for the hosts and/or the child—can be nice and a lot of fun, but I find I tend to gravitate towards the idea of simple birthday celebrations, with family and close friends.

I believe birthdays for children are really what you make of them. Big party, small party, or no party, they’re all great. What I think is really important is that the child feels celebrated, special and loved.

When my little love recently turned two years old, I decided to keep it simple. We didn’t have a party, but still tried to make him feel special in a variety of other ways. Perhaps next year we’ll have a party for his birthday, or not, but one thing is for sure, we’ll celebrate it. Because, doesn’t everyone need at least one day in the year when they feel special and their existence is celebrated?

What’s your family’s approach to celebrating children’s birthdays? Any lessons you’d like to share from parties that turned out well, or not so well?

Closeup Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Birthday Cake
Earlier this summer a friend hosted a small birthday party for her three year old. She made a wonderful cake out of watermelon and fruits. As soon as I saw it I knew I’d try my own version one day. This is a perfect cake to be eaten in or outdoors, on a hot summer day.

1 small seedless watermelon
An assortment of fruits in contrasting colors. (I used cantaloupe, honeydew, kiwi, seedless green grapes, blueberries, and mango.)

Optional Equipment
3 round cutters in varying sizes, (I used 4”, 2.5”. 1.5”)
Cookie/candy cutters, (I used cutters for the heart, star, crescent, and triangle shapes)
1 skewer

Slice the top and bottom ends of a small watermelon. Set sliced side down onto a cutting board and begin to cut the rind off the sides of the watermelon.

Slice watermelon horizontally to make the tiers. Slice 3 tiers of equal height, each about 2-3 inches high. Use different-sized round cutters to form and cut out three circles. Use one round cutter for each tier.

Stack tiers on top of each other and insert a skewer from the top down to secure the layers together. Trim skewer.


Cut fruits into ¼-inch (larger if decorating a larger cake) slices and use small cookie and/or candy cutters to create shapes. Artfully place fruit and berries on and around the layers. You can use toothpicks to secure decorations in place, but since my cake was so small and I wasn’t transporting it far, I didn’t feel it was necessary to secure each piece of fruit. Also, I wanted to let my son have fun with his cake without worrying that he might hurt himself with a toothpick.

Fruit for Watermelon Cake

Notes: My cake was quite small. The bottom layer was only about 4-inches in diameter. I sliced blueberries and grapes to keep them a little smaller for such a small cake. If you’d like a larger cake, use a large watermelon. The watermelon cake my friend had made was large and beautifully decorated with pineapple cut-outs, whole grapes, and berries. A larger cake provides opportunities to embellish the cake with a lot of fruit.

If you don’t have cutters, you can still make this cake simply by carving the layers to your preferred size. Don’t worry if the circles (or any other shape) layers are not perfect. The uneven sides will show that it’s homemade and it will still look beautiful and taste refreshing on a summer day!

12 thoughts on “A Little Cake for Two

    1. Thank you. It was a lot of fun putting this little cake together, and even nicer to see my little one fill his hands and mouth with mini (bite-sized) pieces of fruits. He loves fruit and identifying shapes, so he had a lot of fun too. Thanks for the link to the blog! I had not heard of/seen it before. I look forward to checking it out. Thanks again! Glad you liked this little cake.

  1. I love the cake! A magnificent idea. To be treated special every day and extra special all to oneself on one’s birthday is fabulous. Our children learn what they see and and what they are taught. Happy birthday to your little precious one. He looks adorable. I can see that you are doing a great job as a Mom. 🙂

    1. Thank you, thank you dear Fae! You’re right, children learn a lot from what they see/hear/experience in their environment…incentive for me to always try my best to be my best so he grows up to be warm and kind. I admire those, like you, who have already successfully raised your children to be wonderful people! I am humbled everyday and learn from all of you!

      It was so much fun to put this mini cake together for a two year old. It was a delight to see his little fingers have a go at all the fruit decorations!

  2. Happy birthday to your beloved son! That smile! 🙂 Precious! And that cake wonderful, gorgeous & I’m sure deeelicious! ❤

    1. Thank you Abby! It was so fun to make and even more fun to watch him pick his favorite shapes and fruit to eat and enjoy. Mother nature–the season and the ripeness of the fruits–made my job easy and ensured it was delicious. 🙂

  3. Loved this…I was hosting a dinner on Saturday that included two little ones. We bought the watermelon in advance and created the three tier base and when the girls arrived, handed it over to them with an assortment of berries, grapes, peeled & sliced kiwi fruit, etc. plus lots and lots of toothpicks! It was a great activity for them and we all got to enjoy the “fruits of their labour” (pardon the pun) for dessert…will definitely be doing this again! Kate

    1. Kate, I am so happy to read this!!! I’m also so delighted that you and your guests, especially the little ones, enjoyed making this watermelon treat! Thanks for letting me know. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Martine

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