A 100% fruit “cake”

The last time Sweet Man went overseas on a 10-day work trip, something he hardly ever does, the kids and I missed him terribly.

We counted the days he would return and planned how to surprise him when he got home. As usual, the kids had some ideas of their own. As for me, I remembered a photo of a fruit “cake” on a friend’s Facebook wall. It was so interesting that I thought we had to have a go.

Sweet Man loved the results, as we did. But I think the kids and I loved the process even more.

Step 1: Wash and peel your ingredients – watermelon, grapes, cherries, strawberries, kiwi fruit, mango, papaya. Gather a colourful range!

Step 2: Slice the kiwi, mango and papaya into medium sized chunks or interesting shapes. Whatever suits your fancy.

fruitStep 3: Carve your watermelon.

IMG_3368Step 4: Insert 2 satay sticks into the middle (forming a cross in the centre), till they come out through the other end. (Trim off the sharp ends when kids are involved.)

Step 5: Arrange fruit at the bottom of the cake – we chose grapes (shown above), then kiwi fruit. Using more satay sticks, assemble your cake. We stuck star-shaped mango on the sides.

IMG_3371Put the toddler into his high chair when he insists on helping because he’s equally part of the team (how could anyone forget) and watch all satay sticks with an evil eye.

(And because I had to do that, I had to stop taking photos. Right.)

When preschoolers are involved, you may not have to lift a finger after this stage. Demonstrate how to stick various types of fruit through one stick, then let them do the rest. What did I do after? I watched Piglet making his own stick.

Voila! Enjoy – au naturale, sugar free, fat free, cholestrol free!

fruit cake

We had so much fun, the kids couldn’t wait to hide behind the door and yell “Surprise!”

Do you have any interesting exploits with fruit to share?



  • Ingrid Wilson
    May 26, 2013 9:44 pm

    When we made it we just stuck the fruit straight to the watermelon without the sticks. I cut the fruit for that a bit thinner though. Great for kids that are egg wheat and or dairy free. The cake looks great!

  • Kiddothings
    May 27, 2013 8:21 am

    Wonderful fruit cake! I’m inspired to make one too 🙂

  • Mama J
    May 27, 2013 11:45 am

    Your cake looked exquisite. This was a little clumsy but it was fun nonetheless 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Mama J
    May 27, 2013 11:46 am

    Yep, it was nice to do. I might try doing it again with more local fruit – cheaper.

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