Fruit Cake! Allergy Friendly!
I have various friends who have certain allergies or food intolerances and I like to try to please them when I make cake by making substitutions and finding unique recipes that will fit their needs. Well recently I made a friend whose list of food allergies was longer than any I had seen. She was pregnant and I wanted to make her a celebration cake, I thought I could figure out enough substitutions to still make her an actual cake but in the end I couldn’t figure it out. She could eat most fruits so I went on YouTube and got some ideas of how I could make an entirely fruit cake that would look like a cake and have a wow factor but still be edible by my friend. This video by SimplyBakings and this video by BuonaPappa are great video tutorials to show you exactly how to do it.
My Fruit Cake Tips
I used watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, star fruit and blueberries. I bought small cookie cutters in various shapes for my cake like circles and stars of different sizes and a small elephant. I used a melon baller to create round balls of Honey Dew melon. And I used the Star Fruit to create larger stars for additional decoration. I used tooth picks to secure any large pieces of fruit that I didn’t want to fall off. I cut some of the small stars very thin and then they just stuck themselves to the top and sides of the cake without needing toothpicks. The melon balls fit snugly in between the water melon layers and you can make your Cantaloupe layer as thin or as thick as you need so that the space is just snug enough for the melon balls. For the fruit cake “Oh Baby” topper I just took some colorful scrap book paper that I had a hand wrote the words “Oh Baby” on it and cut it out in the shape I wanted. I cut a second piece the same size for the back and taped them together with a wooden stick in the center.
Gender Reveal Fruit Cake
I put blueberries inside the hollowed out portion of the Cantaloupe because I thought I heard that her baby was going to be a boy. Then I found out they didn’t know and were waiting till the birth to find out the sex of the baby(it was a boy!). But that was okay it was still a nice surprise inside the cake and would be a great idea for a gender reveal fruit cake. You could use blueberries for a boy and raspberries for a girl!
Let me know if you try making your own fruit cake and post pics in the comments below! Check out my post on How to make Chocolate Covered Frozen Strawberries that are Refined White Sugar Free.