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How to Make a No-Bake Watermelon Cake, in Pictures

Sep 3 2016 - 9:00am

I don't even have a vent in my kitchen, so the thought of baking on a scorching Summer day is completely out of the question. Thankfully, there are ways to skirt around the oven issue, like with this no-bake watermelon cake. The catch is, there is no cake! A miniwatermelon, whipped cream, slivered almonds, and berries are all you need to create this Pinterest-worthy dessert for 12.

Cut Off the Watermelon Rind

Slice the top and bottom of a mini seedless watermelon. Set it on a flat bottom. Slice the rind off the sides. Once the watermelon is prepped, pat it dry with paper towels, and transfer it to a plate to decorate.

Top With Whipped Cream

Make vanilla bean whipped cream [4], and dollop the entire batch on the top of the watermelon.

Coat With Whipped Cream

Using a spatula, carefully work the whipped cream down the sides of the watermelon to the bottom of the plate.

Clean Up

Once the entire watermelon is coated, work the spatula back around to flatten out the top and sides. It should look exactly like a cake!

Coat With Almonds

Take about two cups of toasted, slivered almonds (make sure they are completely cool) and toss them onto the sides of the cake. Occasionally, scoop the almonds that have collected on the bottom of the plate and pat them onto the sides until the entire circumference is covered.

Garnish With Berries

Take a heaping handful of mixed berries, and carefully drop them onto the top of the cake.

Serve It Up

The cake tastes best when served immediately, but it can be carefully covered with foil and refrigerated for several hours (up to a day).

Prepare to Surprise!

The fun of this cake is the reveal. Don't let anyone in on the secret until you begin slicing. If you're skeptical of this strange combination of flavors, don't be! The sweet, juicy watermelon; crunchy almonds; tart berries; and fluffy whipped cream taste refreshing and light together.

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