Meet Your New Favourite Summer Party Dessert

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.

Watermelon Cake Recipe


  1. 1 kg large round piece of seedless watermelon
  2. 1 lime
  3. 2 teaspoons raw honey
  4. 2 cups (480 g) ricotta cheese
  5. 3 medium fresh figs (120 g), quartered or halved
  6. 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped roasted unsalted shelled pistachios
  7. ¼ cup loosely packed fresh small mint leaves
  8. 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


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