Summertime and the Fourth of July wouldn’t be complete without watermelon. Who doesn’t look forward to a big, fat, sweet, juicy slice of watermelon when it’s blazing hot outside?! It’s what I look forward to every year for an instant, refreshing cool down. However, these luscious melons aren’t just for slicing anymore. How many different pins have you seen on Pinterest using watermelon in drinks, desserts, salads? The list goes on and on. One that has jumped out at me is cutting the rind off and shaping it into a cake and then decorating it. Genius! Not only is this perfect for summer and serving something less dense than a cake, it’s also much healthier.
As great as these watermelon cakes were that I saw on Pinterest, what if we made them into individual cupcakes? Well, this is what I came up with and I have to say, I was really pleased. Now everyone can have their own little mini “cake.” I’ve been wanting to experiment with coconut cream in place of whipped cream, so the icing you see in the pictures is actually coconut. This was super easy to make and it piped out really easily when I put it in a pastry bag. You just have to work quickly, because it’ll melt before you know it. By all means, use regular whipped cream if that’s what you like, but if you’re looking for a refined sugar free, vegan option, this will be your new go to. I couldn’t quit dipping my finger in the bowl to taste test it. Delish!
No Bake Watermelon CupcakesSERVES Makes 8 PrintDownload
- 1 medium to large watermelon
- 2 cans of full fat coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp of maple syrup
- 2 tsp of vanilla
- berries for garnish (optional)
- round cookie cutter
- pastry bag with decorative tips (optional)
- Place the two cans of coconut milk in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours to overnight. What will happen is the coconut milk will separate and the "cream" will rise to the top of the can and solidify. When it has chilled and separated you'll be able to scoop the cream out.
- Cut the washed watermelon in half. Slice off both ends so that it's stable on the cutting board. Working with the first half, trim the rind off completely leaving a three to four inch round of watermelon. Using the cookie cutter, press down on a small section of the watermelon, creating a cupcake. Repeat until you have four cupcakes. Do the same thing for the other half of the watermelon. It's okay if you have to use a knife to trim them or round them out to be the same size. I had to do this with a couple of them.
- Put the watermelon slices in the refrigerator on a plate to keep them cold.
- When the coconut milk has had time to solidify, open the cans and scoop out the cream into a metal or glass bowl. Discard the liquid at the bottom of the can or reserve it for smoothies. Add in the maple syrup and vanilla. Mix on medium speed with a hand mixer until the cream is fluffy.
- You can put the cream in a pastry bag and pipe it on top of the watermelon cup cakes, or just put big dollops on top for a more homemade look. Garnish with your favorite berries and serve. If you want, you can serve them in parchment cups so they resemble cupcakes.
- *If the coconut cream begins to melt, simply put it back in the fridge to firm up. You may have to mix it again with a hand mixer to get the fluffiness back. It will keep for up to a week in the fridge.