Watermelon, cream, and toasted almond birthday bowl

Watermelon, cream, and toasted almond birthday bowl for Haidee's birthday. Totally delicious, totally easy, and very yummy to have leftovers from this dessert for brunch the next day.

Watermelon, cream, and toasted almond birthday bowl for Haidee's birthday. Totally delicious, totally easy, and very yummy to have leftovers from this dessert for brunch the next day.

I've been having a ton of fun reliving Haidee's birthday by posting the recipes that made up the menu here!

Haidee's Birthday Menu

Pelee Island Baco Noir

Fig balsamic cashew butter 'slaw

Spaghetti squash with ground beef tarragon marinara

Watermelon, cream, and toasted almond birthday bowl

Today is one week after Haidee's cake day, and I'm posting the recipe for her "cake"! You might have noticed from the pictures in the first post that this did not turn out exactly as planned.  I had big dreams that were smashed into spectacularly small pieces. I haven't made that big of a mess in a while, nor have I laughed so hard. Haidee, of course, insisted it was the best cake ever - which is one of the many reasons I adore her. I do have to admit that if you recreated this recipe without the watermelon-smashing it would be a pretty easy, darned delicious dessert. Haidee said the leftovers for breakfast the next morning were very tasty, so this would be great to make in a big batch for dinner and to serve at brunch the next day. I think the freshly toasted almonds were what "made it", so although I know it is tempting to buy pre-roasted, it'll be worth the payout for the 10 minutes it will take to make your own. Promise.

(aside: Haidee wrote something so nice about AngellFood on her blog that it broke my heart a little. Thank you Haidee. If you are in the Guelph area and feeling at all disorganized, check out Haidee's organizing and home styling website. Haidee showed up at my house bearing coffee one day after crossfit and totally transformed my home - she made (after six years!) setting up a dining room and living room totally effortless. I honestly think it took us 3 hours total. Haidee, you are wonderful.)

Watermelon, cream, and toasted almond birthday bowl

A salvage job resulting from trying to make Paleo Cupboard's Watermelon Cake 

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw almond slivers
  • Small seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 14 oz/400 mL can of coconut cream, chilled in fridge
  • Splash each of vanilla extract and maple syrup or honey
  • Small pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet; bake for about 10 minutes, checking and stirring them around every 2 minutes, until golden brown. Take out of oven and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, roughly chop the watermelon into cubes and put in a big bowl with the berries. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Using a whisk or beaters, beat the coconut cream, vanilla, and maple syrup or honey together.
  4. Stir cream into fruit; top with almond slivers. 
  5. Stick a candle in, light it, get your friend to make a wish, then eat!

Alternate directions

  1. Buy the ingredients for this Watermelon Cake.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet; bake for about 10 minutes, checking and stirring them around every 2 minutes, until golden brown. Take out of oven and let cool.
  3. Using a whisk or beaters, beat the coconut cream, vanilla, and maple syrup or honey together.
  4. Cut your watermelon into a cake shape as directed. Try to ice it. Have the icing fail to stick because your watermelon is neither cold nor dry, and the cake slide off the counter and smash on the floor, coating the walls and cabinets.
  5. Frantically cut the remaining watermelon into cubes and put in a big bowl with the berries. Sprinkle with sea salt. 
  6. Whisk together a whole new batch of coconut cream - feeling thankful that you'd put an extra can of coconut cream in the fridge.
  7. Stir cream into fruit; top with almond slivers. 
  8. Stick a candle in, light it, get your friend to make a wish, then eat!