Father’s Day Watermelon Extravaganza

I love doing funny themes when I make things.  There are a lot of watermelon-looking things I wanted to do so I decided to do that for my Daddy for Father’s Day.  I put the recipes for all these below.

First is a watermelon-looking loaf of bread.  The flavor is like bread but just has the look of watermelon when it’s sliced.  I have the link I found and full recipe how to make this below. I did have problems with this the first time.  The loaf pan I used was a little smaller than a regular loaf pan.  After baking, the top part was perfect but the bottom was still doughy.  I switch to a larger size and it was just fine.  This is how it came out.

Cookies are a fun thing to have, too, so I made some watermelon-looking cookies.  These are sandwich cookies.  They will actually have a strawberry flavor to them.  I wanted to have things look like watermelons but didn’t want everything to taste like watermelon. These were easy to make and didn’t need a lot of ingredients.  You can make these with any cake mix and colors.  I made some for Halloween a few years back using chocolate cake mix and added a little black food color to make it “blacker” and colored the filling orange.  I used tiny black, orange and white beads to roll them in.  Really cute and yummy. But, back to these.  I made my cookie batter according to the recipe below and baked then let cool completely.  Give them room to spread out.  This is a batch I finished baking beside some getting ready to go into the oven.

I made the filling, colored it green and put it in a ziplock bag to make it easier to fill.  I cut out a tip of one corner of the bag and circled some filling on half of the cookies then added the other cookies on top. Remember the filling will push out when you add the top.  Then I rolled the cookies in some green sugar and was done!

Of course, you have to have Cake Pops.  I found a box of watermelon flavored cake mix so I used that to make the cake pops.  I was a little nervous that this would be little funny tasting but it’s actually really good.  I began by making the batter according to the package instructions.

I baked these as cupcakes and let cool.  I have the full recipe below but I was just going to make about 10 cake pops for my basket so I just used half the cupcakes and half the amount of frosting.  I ended up with 20 pops so, depending how big you make your shapes, a full recipe should yield about 35 cake pops.  This watermelon cake mix had chocolate pieces in already it but I added about 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips to give it more “seeds”. I mixed the cupcakes, frosting and chips and shaped the dough into watermelon shapes and stuck in the freezer to firm up.  I left mine in overnight but they need to be in at least a good hour or so since the dough is very soft.  I took them out of the freezer and I used one of my pop sticks and made holes in each one of my frozen shapes.

Next I put a bag of white chocolate melts in a bowl and microwaved for 1 minute, stirred and microwaved another 30 seconds.  If your chocolate isn’t melted enough add 15 seconds more and stir.  Sometimes you have to add a tablespoon of veggie oil to make it more liquidity.  Then I took more sticks and dipped each one in the white chocolate and inserted into each cake pop and let set.  They set pretty fast since they were still cold from being in the freezer.

Then I began dipping each pop into the white chocolate and carefully shook off the excess chocolate then inserting them into a piece of Styrofoam.  Make sure as you are putting these in the Styrofoam to space them around to counter balance them.  I speak from experience on this.  I started placing them in a row on one side and by the 3rd one it fell over…duh!

Now melt your green chocolate the same way and dip into the green, shake off excess chocolate and put back into the Styrofoam. Let set.

To add the finishing touch and make this look like a watermelon, I took some neon green melting chocolate and put in a ziplock bag, microwaved 1 minute, kneaded the bag and microwaved another 30 seconds.  Knead the bag till there are no solid pieces.  You can also use yellow chocolate with a few pieces of green to make the stripes if you can’t find the neon green chocolate. Then just cut a small tip off one corner and start adding the stripes.  The good thing with this is you don’t have to be precise.  The more jagged the lines the better.  I was able to make my lines with the aid of a double espresso!  And they are done!

This is what they look like when you bite into them!  Funny, huh?  And really taste great with that watermelon cake mix!

Since these were going in a gift basket I wrapped each one in a clear bag and tied with some raffia!

As always, I needed to make a card!  I wanted to do this as a cut out shape of a slice of watermelon.  I have these below to use as a template.  I started out by making 3 half-moon shapes in green, white and red.  The green being the largest, then the white a little smaller and the red as the smallest.  They need to fit on half of an 8.5 x 11 printed card stock.

Once I got the sizes right I changed the look.  I use Powerpoint for these cards but if you don’t have access to that you can create yours with colored card stock.  To change the look I clicked on the green shape and clicked on FORMAT>ARTISTIC EFFECTS>WATERCOLOR SPONGE.  That made the green look like watermelon rind.  I left the white as is.  For the red I clicked on FORMAT>ARTISTIC EFFECTS>MOSAIC BUBBLES.  Once I had all my colors looking the way I liked I layered each on top of the other.  I have this two ways-with and without the seeds.   I made a little “seed” using a teardrop shape and colored black.  And I found that cute picture of a slice of watermelon with LOVE cut out of it.  I’ll use that for the back of the card. I always put that the card of made with love by me.

For the one with the seeds, once I got my shapes lined up I copied and inserted on a new slide as a picture.  This way everything would be one image and not 15 different ones.  I copied that image and flipped it.  I changed the image to FORMAT>COLOR>WASHOUT. I wanted to have the same on the back but lighter so you can see my little LOVE watermelon.  The little circles at the top are my guide after I print to make the “bite” mark.  I wanted to make sure I had that in the right place so I didn’t cut out any wording on the inside.  It looks weird but won’t matter after it’s cut out.

For the one I’ll give to my Daddy, I did the same thing but without the seeds but kept the back of the card with the seed image.  I have some 10 x 6 mm Vintage Swarovski jet black teardrop Cabochons that look like watermelon seeds.  I used mini Glue Dots to stick those on the card to give it a little texture and make it fun.

Here are the templates with and without the seeds and without my name and writing on the them.

For the inside of the card I took my same red shapes and made them larger and mirrored that on the other side.  I took the green and cover the rest of the slide since it’s going to be cut out anyway.  Then I made up a silly poem.  I’ve always believed if you can’t write poetry in a beautiful way, make it funny!  People won’t notice how bad it is!

Here’s the inside template without my writing and stuff.  These are printed on half-fold greeting card stock.  It’s best to do a few prints with plain paper to make sure your print is correct.  I print the font/back side first then take that out and put back in my paper tray face-down then print the inside.  Different printers print different ways.  I have the ability to do a two-sided print but it doesn’t print it the right way.  After you print on both sides, fold and cut the shape out and the little bite marks.  If you printed without the seeds and have the beads for this then just glue those on.  I used Avery Textured half-fold greeting card stock for these cards.  The texture just made the watermelon look even more grainy like a real watermelon.

I did a little card and stuck it on my envelope to make it kinda fun, too!

And here’s my finished card with my little teardrop beads.  The beads are smaller than the seed images on the card so I added a few extras.  The beads really make it so cute!  And the extra little tag I stuck on the outside of the envelope.  I painted the seeds on the tag with triple thick glaze to make them shiny like the beads.

And all the goodies together!  The tall bag has peanut butter/fudge cookies.  National Peanut Butter Cookie Day was on June 12th so I, of course, made a bunch for the gang at the office and put some in bags for my Daddy and my son!

I put the tray with all the cookies and bread in a clear bag and tied it with matching ribbon as I did for the little gift.  Happy Father’s Day to the greatest Dad there is!

Watermelon Cake Pops

Ingredients (I was able to find Betty Crocker Watermelon cake mix so I didn’t have to use the red food coloring)

  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
    • Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
  • ¼ teaspoon red paste food color
  • ¾ cup Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting (from 1-lb container)
  • ¾ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 32 paper lollipop sticks
  • 1 bag (16 oz) white candy melts or coating wafers, melted
  • 1 large block white plastic foam to stick sticks into while drying
  • 1 bag (16 oz) green candy melts or coating wafers, melted
  • 1 cup light green candy melts (from 16-oz bag), melted

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan, using water, oil and egg whites and adding pink paste food color. Cool completely.
  • Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Crumble cake into large bowl. Add frosting and chocolate chips; mix well. Shape into 32 oblong balls; place on cookie sheet. Freeze until firm. When cake balls are firm, transfer to refrigerator.
  • Remove several cake balls from refrigerator at a time. Dip tip of 1 lollipop stick 1/2 inch into melted white candy and insert stick into 1 cake ball no more than halfway. Dip each cake ball into melted candy to cover; tap off excess. Poke opposite end of stick into foam block. Let stand until set. Dip each cake ball into melted green candy to cover; tap off excess. Return sticks to foam block. Let stand until set. With toothpick, decorate cake balls with light green candy to look like watermelons. Let stand until set.

Watermelon Sandwich Cookies

Cookie

  • 1 box strawberry cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Red food color

Filling

  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Green food color
  • green colored sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In a bowl, mix together the cake mix, eggs and vegetable oil until combined. Add red food color to get a good dark pink/reddish color.  Mix well.  Mix in the chocolate chips.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. In another bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Gradually add in the powdered sugar. Add the milk and the vanilla and mix until smooth.  Add green food color.
  4. Turn half of the cookies upside down. Using an offset spatula or a piping bag, add frosting to the bottom of the cookies. Top with another cookie to make a sandwich. Roll the edges of the frosting in the colored sugar.

 

Watermelon look-a-like raisin bread

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter

Put in microwave for about a minute till milk is warm to the touch and butter is melted.  Add…

  • 2 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • ¾ teaspoons salt
  • 1 envelope quick rise yeast
  • 1 egg yolk

Stir till well mixed then add flour…about 3 cups total for everything

Add about a cup of flour and stir together adding more flour till batter comes together in the bowl but still sticky.

Take ¼ of the dough and put in one bowl (for green) then another ¼ and put in another bowl (to leave white) leaving the other half (for red)

For the larger ½ dough ½  add pink and red food color till you get the color you like and mix till well blended.  Mix in about ¾ cup raisins and mix well.  Add more flour into the bowl and mix till it starts to come away from the bowl.  Turn onto the counter and sprinkle with more flour and fold and knead adding more flour till a nice ball forms that’s not sticky.  Put back into bowl and cover with wrap and stick in the oven with just the light on to rise.

Take one of the ¼ doughs and add green food color and mix well and add flour, fold and knead the same way, cover and put back in the bowl and in the oven to rise.

Take the other ¼ dough and just add flour (no color), fold and knead, back in the bowl, cover and put in oven with the others to rise.

Let doughs rise for about 2 hours depending how warm the kitchen is.  

Take red dough out of bowl and knead a little then roll to the length of your beard pan.

Then take uncolored dough and roll flat large enough to completely cover the red dough.  Brush top of rolled out dough and red log with milk, roll and pinch the ends closed to seal so the layers don’t come apart during the rising process.  Repeat this with the green dough.

Spray bread pan with cooking spray, place wrapped dough (seam side down) into the pan, cover with wrap and place in warm place (oven with light on) to rise (about an hour).

Put bread in 350 degrees oven for about 15-20 minutes till its golden brown and sounds hallow when you tap it.  Let completely cool before you slice it.

This is the link I found with full viedo instructions -http://www.cucumbertown.com/watermelon-look-alike-raisin-bread-with-recipe-dish

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