When I began my first #Whole30 back in July, I did not really put it together that my birthday would fall inside those 30 days. I know, I know – part of planning is looking at the entire time frame, but I was so focused on what I could and could not eat – I did not really look to see what other events might be going on during that time. But, because I had committed to myself (and of course all of you) for those 30 days, I knew I could not use the excuse of my birthday to break my commitment. Not to mention it was like Day 22, so I was feeling like a million bucks by then. I had the normal birthday shindig with friends and family here at the house, but everything was Whole30 style… even the #whole30 birthday cake.
Whole30 Inspired Birthday Cake
- one seedless watermelon
- favorite fruits such as cantaloupe, honey dew melon, pineapple, grapes, blueberries and strawberries
- fruit baller
- small cookie cutters
- wooden skewers
- very sharp knife
Begin with one seedless watermelon. Cut of both ends – as straight as possible. Then, stand on one side, and carefully cut the rind off lengthwise in small pieces, leaving a cylinder shape. This will be the base of your “cake.” Using the fruit baller and cookie cutters, make shapes from firm fruits such as pineapple and cantaloupe. I let the girls help with this part.
Then begin “decorating” with your fruits using the wooden skewers to secure. Push the skewers all the way through the decorating “fruit” to secure. If you need to make it shorter, simply cut or break the skewer to your desired length.
To be honest, I had no real idea of what design I was going to end up with – I just started sticking stuff places. Eventually I was happy with where everything was. The good news is on this fruit cake – if you do not like the design, you can easily just remove the fruit and start over! Try that on a “real” cake and you have a total disaster.
Everyone loved this “cake” and unlike when I have had normal baked birthday cakes in the past – there was not a single piece of fruit left over. In fact everyone there asked if I would make them a fruit cake for their birthday. I think that was the best gift I could have asked for.