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A fruity celebration - Birthday Fruit Platters

September 10, 2013

Are you looking for a delicious and versatile way to celebrate a birthday this summer? Cakes made entirely from fresh fruits and fruit platters are a healthy alternative to traditional birthday cakes, not just for babies and toddlers, but even grownups! The best part? Anyone can create amazing looks with these natural superheroes!

Nothing grabs more attention than a multiple tier birthday cake. Here’s a how to make a fantastic three tier fruit cake in less than 30 minutes: you’ll need a watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe, as well as some blueberries and grapes to decorate the cake, and toothpicks. Chop the top and bottom of the watermelon and get rid of the rind, keeping the watermelon in a circular shape. For layer #2, repeat the process with the honeydew melon. For the final layer, cut the bottom off the cantaloupe and take off its rind, but remember to keep it bowl shaped.

Some tricks to remember: keep each cake layer roughly 3” tall, and try to get your layers as even as possible so they balance well. If need be, you can use toothpicks to hold the layers together. Now for the ‘frosting’! Use different colored grapes and blue berries to ring the layers. Get creative and make grape flowers or fruit candles to finish out your masterpiece! You can also use cookie cutters for some interesting shapes.

A fruit salad that spells out a number is a fantastic way to get kids hands-on with their birthday treat. Layer fruits in a baking tray and finish out the top layer with fruit laid out in the shape of a number. This fresh and healthy cake is best eaten with fingers 

Fruit kabobs served with dips (strawberry or pineapple dips) are an easy way to incorporate the healthy theme for all kinds of celebrations. Simply wash and dice fruit to bite sized pieces and thread onto a wooden skewer. Or even better, let kids choose their own combination. You could use strawberries, kiwis, bananas, watermelon, cherries, mangoes, you name it! Just remember to keep it colorful.

Make the most of the natural color combinations of fruits to create your own characters. For example, a plate layered with strawberries makes for a fun and edible Elmo! Just use small cups of dip for eyes, blueberries for the mouth, and a carrot chunk for that cute nose!

Finally, what’s a birthday party without some watermelon carving? Use this versatile fruit, with rind or without, to carve out monsters, boats and even T-rexes. Just let your imagination free and have fun with your inner artist.

Have you tried your hand at fruit treats before? Share your favorite recipes with us!

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