This watermelon cake looks just like a real watermelon! With green frosting and a red cake center with chocolate chips as seeds, you will adore this fun summer cake.
Baking a cake can be so much fun. My kids and I love to set up all of our supplies and spend the weekend creating something beautiful. The Hershey Bar Cake and our Chocolate Cheesecake Cake are two of our most favorites.
I think this would make such a great treat for a summer BBQ or a birthday party.
This watermelon cake doesn’t just look like a watermelon, it tastes like it, too. Want the secret? It’s watermelon flavored Jello!
To create the vibrant watermelon coloring, you’ll want to mix two colors of dye together: red and neon pink. It works perfectly to make your cake look like a watermelon. You’ll also use the same coloring to make the icing that goes in between each layer.
The Best Cake Baking Tips
- It is always best for your cold ingredients (butter, eggs, milk, etc) to be at room temperature. Try to set them out for a bit before starting your cake.
- Scoop your flour out gently without packing it – if not you’ll end up with too much flour.
- To keep your chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom of the cake batter, coat them in flour first.
- Don’t put your cake in the oven before it’s done preheating.
- Always try and use real vanilla extract, not imitation – the flavoring is so much better! To find the right vanilla, just look for the word “pure” on the bottle.
Following just a few simple tips will make your cake come out perfect every time.
This watermelon cake is one that looks so impressive but truly doesn’t take a ton of skill to make. Everyone loves the way it looks and better yet, how it tastes!
Here are the printable instructions:
- 1 C unsalted butter softened
- 1 C canola oil
- 4 C sugar
- 2 - 4.5 oz watermelon Jello
- 6 large eggs
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 6 C flours
- 2 tbsp baking powder
- 4 tsp kosher salt
- 3 C buttermilk
- 6-8 drops of Red Gel Food Coloring
- 6-8 drops Neon pink gel food coloring
- 2 C semi sweet chocolate chips
- 10 inch cake board
- Cake Leveler
- 3 C unsalted butter softened
- 6 C powdered sugar
- 5-7 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 drops green gel food coloring
- 1 large piping bag with star tip
- 2 C mini chocolate chips
- 6-8 drops red gel food coloring
- 6-8 drops neon pink gel food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 3 9inch round cake pans with baking spray, set aside
- Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter, oil, sugar and jello until combined and smooth
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time until combined
- In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt
- Alternating between the dry ingredients and buttermilk, mix after each add in
- Mix in the red and neon pink gel food coloring until combined
- Fold in the chocolate chips
- Divide the batter between the three pans and bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
- Allow to cool completely
- Using a standing mixer, beat together all ingredients except the food colorings and chocolate chips until combined, smooth and stiff peaks
- Scoop 3 C of the frosting into another bowl
- Using the remaining frosting in the standing mixer, mix in the red and neon pink gel food coloring until combined
- Mix in the green gel food coloring into the bowl of the other frosting until combined
- Remove the cake layers onto a 10 inch cake board
- Use a cake leveler to cut the domes off
- Place one cake round onto the cake board
- Scoop 1 C of the pink frosting onto the top of the cake leveler
- Smooth evenly with an angled spatula
- Place the second layer of cake on top
- Repeat the steps with more pink frosting
- Place the last layer of cake on top of the second layer
- Scoop 1/2 C of green frosting into the piping bag
- Scoop remaining frosting onto the cake and frost entire cake
- Smooth evenly using the angled spatula
- Pipe dollops of frosting onto the top of the cake
- Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips onto the bottom of the cake