Giving new meaning to the term “fruit cake” today with these fruit slice cakes!!!! I’ll just never tire of turning things into fruit. Never ever! We made fruit slice balloons last year and took the concept to the (dessert) table this time! You could get super fancy with these cakes and make ’em fruit flavored, fill them with fruit, etc. OR you could do what we did and break out the box mix + the vanilla frosting and go to town making them look oh so schnazy for your next summer shindig!
All of the cakes are SUPER simple, but I broke them each down individually in the recipe. Keep scrollin’!
Fruit Slice Cakes
- Box Cake Mix or Favorite Vanilla Cake Recipe
- Vanilla Frosting
- Food Coloring
- Black Piping Gel/Frosting
- Prepare the cake as directed. Before pouring into the pans, dye the cake the color of the fruit you're making (orange for the orange slice, red for watermelon, etc.) Pour into pans and bake as directed. We baked ours in smaller, 6" pans instead of the typical 8" or 9" but you can do any size! Let cool and frost according to the fruit you picked below.
- For the citrus: Dye the majority of your frosting bright orange, and the rest a very pale orange. Frost the cake with the bright orange. Use a toothpick to draw the six wedges on the top of your frosting. Use a knife or piping bag to fill in the wedges you drew with the pale orange frosting.
- For the kiwi: Dye the majority of your frosting a bright kiwi green (try green, plus a little yellow), and the rest a lighter kiwi green. Frost the cake with the brighter green. Frost a circle in the center with the lighter green. Pipe black seeds all along the outside of the circle.
- For the dragon fruit: Dye the majority of your frosting fuchsia, and the rest you can leave white or add a touch of purple to make it a grayish color. Frost your cake with the hot pink. Frost a circle, covering most of the top of the cake, with the white/gray. Pipe black seeds all over the circle.
- For the watermelon: Dye the majority of your frosting two shades of green (one lighter, one darker), and the rest a bright red. Frost the cake with the darker green. Use an offset spatula to mix in some of the lighter green, making blurred "stripes" like a watermelon would have. Frost a circle, covering most of the top of the cake, with the red. Pipe black seeds all over the circle.
Photos by Jeff Mindell | Cakes by Theresa Rountree
Sources: Fruit Coasters | Pineapple Tumbler | Candles | Toy Fruit
Have a fave!? Pretty into the kiwi myself. Even though I’m actually not that in to real-life kiwi! It would be fun to do a whole bunch of different citrus slices too, wouldn’t it!? Eeep!
p.s. DIY Watermelon Hat!
Erin Maree says
It’s funny that you posted the above today, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen just posted a watermelon layer cake that tastes like watermelon as well! Might be worth checking out 🙂 http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/watermelon-layer-cake/
Omg yummmm!! The three layers are AMAZING too!
They look perfect, I love the kiwi cake!
These are super cute!
J. Hall says
These are darling and look quite tasty. My daughter-in-law is a cake lover/cake baker extraordinaire! I sent the recipe to her, I hope she has a slice waiting for me the next time I visit!
Ha, that’s awesome! I hope she has a slice waiting for you too! 😉
Looking so nice! I love it! The kiwi looks so fresh and tasty!
These look awesome! Im just realized I have a box cake and frosting in my cabinet and tomorrow is supposed to rain here in NJ, so me and my girls (4 and 6) are going to try one! We like the kiwi and the watermelon one!!
These are freaking adorable! As a not-so-artistic gal who loves cake decorating I am always on the lookout for decorating methods that look impressive but are actually pretty simple to execute… I will definitely add this to my arsenal!!
Kelsey @ Tealmama says
Adorable! Love these.