Watermelon Cake Recipe


Watermelon Cake Recipe

Summer and watermelon go together like cake and birthdays. . . so why not have all four!? Time to bake a summertime sweet dessert.  Watermelon puree and Jell-O give this cake the perfect flavor.  The frosting looks just like a sliced watermelon but is yummy too.

Watermelon Cake 1

Let’s get to baking and the cake recipe-


    Watermelon Cake

    • 1 box white cake mix
    • 1 (3 oz.) box of watermelon Jell-O powder (reserve 2 teaspoons for frosting)
    • 1/2 cup watermelon puree
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
    • red food coloring

    Watermelon Cream Cheese Frosting

    • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
    • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
    • 2 teaspoons watermelon puree
    • 2 teaspoons watermelon Jell-O powder
    • red and green food coloring


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of 2 eight inch round pans with wax paper, and spray or grease the sides with cooking oil.
    To make the watermelon puree: Cut chunks from the center of a fresh watermelon and remove any seeds. Place them in a blender and puree.  Set aside.
    In a large bowl, combine cake mix and Jell-O.  Add water and oil; mix on medium speed with a mixer.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.  Add in the watermelon puree and beat until blended.  Finally, add red food coloring a drop at a time, until you reach the desired color.
    Before adding your chocolate chips- coat them with a small amount of flour – this keeps them from sinking in your cake while it bakes.  Place chocolate chips and a teaspoon of flour in a ziploc bag; shake to coat.
    Fold the chocolate chips into the batter. Pour into pans and bake for 30-35 minutes.
    In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter together. Beat in watermelon puree. Gradually add sugar and Jell-O, beating until smooth. Color 1/3 of the frosting green, color the remaining 2/3 the same color as the cake.
    Trim the brown edges off the cake before frosting it.  Use the pink frosting between the layers and on the top of the cake. Spread the green frosting on the sides and outer edge of the top of the cake. Lastly, press mini chocolate chips on the top of the cake frosting to mimic watermelon seeds.
    Watermelon Cake 3
    Now slice and eat up! YUM!
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    Birthday Party & Wedding Trends 2016



    It may seem a bit late to be covering the 2016 wedding and birthday party trends in July but actually this is the height of wedding and party season.  Although, we can’t all be lucky enough to have a birthday in the summertime (Oh how I always wished for a summer party- alas, I am a winter baby!), these party styling trends are perfect for many other celebrations and events too.  I work with many event planners all summer long for promotional events with charities and big companies and wedding planners helping their brides count down the days until they walk down the aisle.  So this is a roundup of the most requested items from my shops this summer. Right now is the perfect time to share what is popular at birthday parties and at all events.  Let’s count it down –

    1. Confetti & Confetti Balloons – Balloons have always been popular at events but now the oversized clear balloons filled with colorful confetti is way better and makes an even bigger statement.  They look great flanking either side of a party table or lining an entryway or bundled up in a bouquet with some smaller confetti balloons.  Big balloons in bright colors or big polka dot balloons are also trending at kids birthday parties and confetti in every design and style sprinkled here and there for a splash of color- so go for it and add some giant sized POP to your next party!

    Confetti Balloon Collage

    Giant Balloons

    Confetti Designs Collage

    2.  Tissue Tassels – As full garlands, hanging from balloons, or anywhere at the party.  Use them behind the party table or draped in front of it, at the photo area, hang them vertically at door entrances- or just about anywhere.


    3. Pinwheels – Yep, they really never seem to go out of style at a party and are the perfect fun activity for the kids in the summertime.  Be sure to add some XL size spinning pinwheels in the yard and some varying sizes at the party table as a table centerpiece to add some height.  Wedding pinwheels are perfect for the non-traditional bride too.

    Pinwheels All Kinds Collage

    Pinwheels now come in so many coordinating custom designs to adorn every party theme – even a Dr. Seuss party!

    Dr. Seuss Birthday Party

    4. Rainbow Colors – Who needs a party theme when rainbow pretty much covers it.  No need to worry about finding flamingo food picks and everything else in a pink bird design. . . when you go with Rainbow you can have an art coloring party, a Very Hungry Caterpillar party, a My Little Pony Party, a Candyland Party, a Crayola Party. . . or just a Rainbow Party with everything you need down to the plates, cups, favor bags / favor boxes and decorations in a vibrant mix of many colors.  Using rainbow colors is the easiest way to decorate your next party.


    5. Metallics & Glitter – Gold was so last year. . . yet, gold is still very popular but the new metal is rose gold and copper. Tissue tassels in gold and silver are super hot right now.  Everything glitter is still the way to go too- from cut letter banners to cupcake toppers – in any sparkling glitter color.

    Glitter Gold Letter Banner

    6. Laser Cut Party Items – Everything from cake toppers at weddings and birthday parties to individual cut letters on a banner, to drink stirrers, and even small customized designs and shapes for your theme added to anything at the party.  Cut from wood or acrylic is the rage but the knock offs in felt fabric and cardstock are just as wonderful too.

    Personalized Party Decorations

    Everything personalized in custom laser cut designs and in custom designer prints is huge right now and you can get just about everything in any cut font lettering or print pattern- even party hats!

    Party Hats

    7. Yacht Rock Music – Okay, you are probably not going to play this at a kids birthday party but this lighter rock from the 70’s and early 80’s is huge right now at adult parties and especially at wedding receptions.  Why?  It is fun but also relaxing, yet upbeat, and every generation can dance to it.  The cover bands are so into it right now that most dress in either nautical attire or 1970’s clothing to add to the theme.

    Yacht Rock


    8. Succulents – Yep.  Even at a children’s party.  Especially at an outdoor party.  They look stunning, are very affordable, and can withstand the heat.  At a birthday party – they make a nice added live floral touch (if you can find them blooming, even better) at the table, anywhere around the outdoor seating area – or they make wonderful guest gift favors at a wedding or at an adult party.

    Wedding Guest Gifts 5

    9. Hanging Fans – These are not really new for 2016. . . but they are still being utilized at just about every bridal shower, baby shower, and at kids parties.  They are the most affordable way to create a larger backdrop or photo background and come in soooo many designs and colors.  You can buy them in individual colors and layer them to coordinate to your party or shop around for designs in any theme – including flowers, western, and rainbow.  Hanging Paper Fans are so versatile too – they can be adhered them to a wall with removable and peelable sticky tabs or simply hanging them in a row or randomly from the ceiling.


    10. Black Chalkboard – It has been around now for a while but guess what?  It is still very ‘in’ and very utilized at all kinds of events and particularly at weddings.  Black chalkboard labels are the least expensive way to incorporate this trend at an event but now it can be found sewn into tablecloths, made into placemats and table runners, and cut into fun designs and shapes as party decorations and favors.  Actual boards painted in black chalkboard paint are perfect for signage and decorating any way you want at your next event.  So black is the new black for 2016 and you can’t go wrong adding it somewhere at your party.


    Black Chalkboard Labels

    11. Butterflies & Flowers – These are not just for little girls anymore.  Although, yes, very popular still at First Birthday parties and all age parties- they can now be seen on wedding cakes and at baby showers as banners and edible favors.  So many ways to decorate your event with them too! They are available in felt fabric and paper.


    Flower Party

    12. Bohemian Outdoor Everything – There was a moment when I thought Boho was just about on the way out as a trend . . . and then summer 2016 came with an abundance of teepees, feather garlands, and dream catchers at so many parties.  I love this theme because it is laid back and chill. So go ahead, get your hippie on and hang in the outdoors!

    Bohemian Party


    Boho Party Decorations

    Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  Remember to stop by all my shops for all your party decorating designs –






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    Easy Summer Appetizer Recipe – Caprese Bites


    Caprese Bites Recipe

    This is the perfect recipe for a quick and easy summer appetizer to serve when hosting guests at your home or if attending a family or friends barbeque or summer gathering.  This is my ‘GO-TO’ recipe every summer – as it does not require turning on the oven, thus heating up the kitchen, and can be made in less than 15 minutes.

    There are a lot of versions of this recipe but this one has pepperoni added, which I like, because they can be bought packaged and added to each of the bites – but you can certainly leave the pepperoni off each bite, if you want a vegetarian version of these appetizers.

    Here is the quick recipe-

    Caprese Bites 

    (Makes 24)

    24 Mini Mozzarella Balls (optional – I like to buy the rolls or pre-sliced Mozzarella and cut into smaller pieces)

    24 Basil Leaves

    24 Slices of Pepperoni (optional – Bruschetta is great too, but will cost quite a bit more)

    24 Small Cherry Tomatoes

    24 Toothpicks (or short skewers)

    Thread the mozzarella ball or slice first then fold the pepperoni in half and half again and thread onto the toothpick.  Next add the basil leaf then the tomato.  Arrange all your assembled bites on a serving dish or plate.

    Summer Appetizer Recipe

    Basil Vinaigrette

    Mix all in a bowl and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.   You can chill your assembled bites too.

    1/3 Cup Olive Oil

    1 Tablespoon White Balsamic Vinegar

    ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder

    1 Scallion, finely minced

    6 Basil leaves, chopped fine

    Pinch of salt

    6 Grinds of Black Pepper

    Drizzle your basil vinaigrette over the bites just before serving.

    Appetizer Recipe

    If you are taking your appetizers on the go to a friends or family gathering, just mix your vinaigrette in a very small tupperware container- so it’s easier to travel with and you can easily shake it up before applying to your bites.  Super easy and fast! I LOVE these and highly recommend them for your next summer event.

    Thanks for stopping by Party Fetti today.

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