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Watermelon Cake – A tribute to my nephew Zack!

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While browsing on Pinterest, I came across an amazing cake.  It wasn’t made out of flour, sugar or eggs…it was made out of fruit.  The entire cake was made out of a watermelon and an colorful array of fruit.  I was blown away and I thought it was brilliant on so many levels.  It is a fantastic dessert idea for people who are watching their diet but more importantly I thought it was a tremendous option for parents of children with diabetes or celiac disease.

I have a seven year old nephew, Zack, who was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and it has definitely been struggle for the child, the siblings and the parents, on so many, many levels.   Since they are in a constant battle to regulate and count sugars I thought this would be an fun and fantastic alternative to the baked/iced birthday cake where they have to guess at the sugar content.

I hope in some way this helps some parents navigate the birthday celebration with some wonderful and nutrious alternatives.   Zack you have my greatest admiration for all that you have endured in these past years.  My wish for you is for there to be a cure so that you can be a normal, healthy boy in the years to come.

Video Demonstration on Breakfast Television Edmonton
On June 13, 2012 I was fortunate enough to be a host on Breakfast Television.  For this summer segment, I demonstrated the wonderful watermelon cake.  Enjoy!  Jo-Ann
http://video.citytv.com/video/detail/1687904666001.000000/summer-dessert-with-joann-yewchuk/

WATERMELON BIRTHDAY CAKE
Ingredients
1 oblong seedless watermelon
Assortment of fruit:  strawberries, kiwis, cantelope, pineapple, blackberries, grapes
Candles
Note: Pay special attention to ensure to the fruit that you purchase is not overripe as it will not hold its shape well in the carving and assembly of the cake.

Directions
Take the watermelon and carefully slice each end off with a sharp knife.   Try to make the bottom and top as level as possible.

Stand the melon on one end and cut down the sides of the melon removing the peel.  Then begin to remove the white pith.  Bit by bit, turn the plate so you take a little off then turn, then a bit more, then turn etc.  Aim for an octagon.  Then begin to take off the sharp corners to create a circle.

Use cookie cutters to cut out fruit shapes and attach to the watermelon with toothpicks.

The watermelon cake can be wrapped with plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator for a maximum of 3-4 hours.  To serve cut into the watermelon cake into pieces, remove tooth picks and add a dollop of yogurt on the side.

Credit to Kristy with blog See My Footprints.
http://seemyfootprints.blogspot.ca/2010/02/1st-birthday-quinns-all-fruit-cake.html

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