Saturday, September 29, 2012
Fresh, Raw Fruit "Cake"
I found other examples before I started. There's a beautiful cake on the Kids With Food Allergies Facebook page and an adorable cake with a cantaloupe dinosaur on it at See My Footprints. I was also inspired by The Healthiest Cake Ever at The Daily Dish.
Cake is a sometimes food (with apologies to Cookie Monster). But for some people with dietary restrictions, cake is, sadly, a never food. This fresh fruit cake is a great celebratory treat for those who don't eat cake.
All of the cakes I looked at use watermelon for the cake base. Watermelon is the largest commonly available fruit in North America without an inedible core.
Cantaloupe is great for accents as it is relatively large. I picked purple grapes for the color contrast, and blackberries because they are so beautiful. In The Healthiest Cake Ever, they use bananas, and the white is a great contrast. I don't recommend bananas in most circumstances though, as they get brown and slimy very fast. I would only use bananas if I was serving at home and the bananas could be added just before serving.
This is when both of my kids had meltdowns, so I wiggled the melon under a large mixing bowl, and refrigerated it overnight. It turns out that I preferred the melons in a tighter spiral.
I made a teacup shape, then cut spiral arcs on the larger surface. I then widened the arcs by cutting and removing wedges of melon along the initial cuts. It would be fine if you cut a continuous spiral instead of the shorter arcs. The wedges you remove are necessary though, as that's what defines the petals.
I hope this inspires you to use locally available fruit to make your own fruit cake.