You can’t have Summer without watermelon, right? Right! And what better way to enjoy your next party than with this refreshing dessert . . . Introducing the watermelon cake. Forget the super-artificially-sweet chocolate cake varieties and don’t even think about serving up a traditional Summer pav because this Lorna Jane Clarkson masterpiece is all you need to make your Christmas and New Year a memorable one.
“This cake is one of my favourite things to make when entertaining in summer as it’s fresh, delicious and looks so beautiful piled high with figs and mint — making the perfect Summer table centre piece.” — Lorna Jane Clarkson.
- 1 kg large round piece of seedless watermelon
- 1 lime
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
- 2 cups (480 g) ricotta cheese
- 3 medium fresh figs (120 g), quartered or halved
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped roasted unsalted shelled pistachios
- ¼ cup loosely packed fresh small mint leaves
- 2 teaspoons raw honey, extra
Remove skin and rind from watermelon, keeping the flesh as a whole round piece.
Using a vegetable peeler, peel rind thinly from the lime. Cut lime rind into long, fine strips. Juice lime; reserve 2 tablespoons juice.
Combine lime juice and honey in a small bowl; stir in ricotta.
Place watermelon piece on serving plate; spread ricotta mixture on top. Pile figs on top; sprinkle with nuts, mint and lime rind.
Drizzle with extra honey before serving, cut into wedges.
Image Source: Lorna Jane