Mini Watermelon Cake Cups
Updated: Aug 24, 2020
This was inspired by something I saw on the Food Network app. They were so cute!
I was making a small version for myself. I decided to use a small microwave mug cake because I didn't have pound cake that's in the recipe.
Aug. 3 is Watermelon Day. I realize these aren't real watermelons, but they are cute and look like it. :)
"National Watermelon Day on August 3rd recognizes the refreshing summertime treat enjoyed at picnics and fairs! And since watermelon is 92% water, it is very satisfying in the summer heat."
What I used:
- 1 Duncan Hines Lemon Mug Cake mix
- Green food coloring
- Red food coloring
- Mini chips (watermelon seeds)
- White chocolate wafers
- Egg silicone mold
- Cooking spray
Yield: 1 mug cake mix packet plus 2 teaspoons of frosting was the perfect amount of cake for 4 mini cake cups
Note: Yellow food coloring is shown and I tried to make light green striations with darker green, but those ones didn't look good. Haha! :)
Basically, I was making a cakesicle/cake pop in the egg silicone mold -- with green chocolate shell and pink-red cake pop mixture and chocolate chip seeds. Check out this post for more about making cakesicles.
I added some liquid red food coloring to the cake batter before microwaving it until I got the pink-red color I wanted. Then I microwaved it for ~1 min. 15 seconds. To make a cake pop/cakesicle mixture, I added some frosting (2 teaspoons) and mixed that in with the cake. I used a nitrile glove and mixed it in by hand. (not shown)
Actually, the glass tray in my microwave was spinning irregularly, so I had a tough time melting the chocolate correctly without it getting burned. In general, you can melt chocolate in the microwave on defrost or 50% power setting on 30-second or 15-second intervals. You can also use a double boiler on the stove.
I sprayed the egg silicone mold with cooking spray. I've found this helps the chocolate pop out after it sets.
I did try to do some light green (which is green + yellow food coloring), but it didn't turn out well -- mostly because the light green chocolate was kind of chunky/burned because it wasn't melting properly.
I found that mixing in green food coloring with white, actually gave a little bit of light striations (in the areas where white chocolate was not completely mixed in with green food coloring).
I spread the melted green chocolate into the egg silicone mold and put it into the fridge to set. It was kind of looking like a mess, so I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out. Haha! :)
After 15-30 min. or so, I took it out of the fridge. Then I stuffed my pink-red cake pop mixture into each half egg and topped it with watermelon seeds / mini chips.
RESULT: Success. :)
The moment of truth! Would they pop out? They did! I only gave myself a . not a full ! because the chocolate work could be cleaner, but as I mentioned I was having some microwave issues. I was happy they popped out and they looked pretty cute.
The best part about the dessert is that even though they looked a mess before the chocolate hardened, they turned out pretty cute because I stuffed the cake inside the shell. Haha! :)
This is a fun individual cute dessert to make for Watermelon Day or any cookout or get-together.
Give it a try! We are good at this!