June in Kansas: Dairy Month and Watermelon Cake!

Kansas In June

In June, many Kansas Farmers are starting wheat harvest, while ranchers are putting up hay to be used during the winter months when their cattle come home from summer grazing pastures. Farmers are also trying to finish planting soybeans and sorghum and this year has been a challenging year in many parts of Kansas due to excessive rainfall, which is quite a contrast to the drought that much of the state has experienced for the past several years. 
 

Watermelon CakeThis cake is one tall drink of water. I couldn’t imagine that a hunk of watermelon could be frosted with whipping cream, but it works like a charm, and sticks perfectly as long as your whipping cream is beaten to stiff peak form – super easy to do with an electric mixer and only takes a few minutes. There’s simply nothing as dreamy and delicious as REAL whipped cream!  

Watermelon Cake

1 watermelon, ends lopped off and rind removed, set up vertically onto a cake stand or platter

2 cups whipping cream

1/2 – 2/3 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

assorted summer berries and fruits, for garnish 

sweetened coconut, for garnish 

toasted almonds, if desired

Watermelon Cake

Choose a watermelon that is more round than it is tall.  Once frosted and decorated, I learned it’s much more difficult to cut a tall watermelon cake into serving slices! I got BDP into the kitchen to help me get the watermelon ready….thankfully, he’s super handy with these projects. (And, I love those big, gnarly, man-hands of his!) 

In a deep mixing bowl, beat whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.

Pat watermelon “cake” dry with paper towels, then frost with prepared whipped cream mixture.

Decorate cake by placing berries and fruits in a decorative pattern on top of the cake.  Press coconut into the whipped cream on the sides of cake.  Garnish with sliced almonds, as desired.

Chill cake until time to serve.  Cake will hold in the fridge for up to a day or overnight.

Let’s Get You Cookin’,

Chef Alli 

**This recipe was featured as part of Chef Alli’s Farm Fresh Kitchen on MomsEveryday Kansas and WIBW 13 News, June 2015.Special thanks to the farmers and ranchers of the Kansas Farm Food Connection for making this segment possible. 

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