Watermelon Cake for a Gluten Free 4th!

Savouring Saturday

Here is a throw back to get you in the mood to Zest up your 4th of July festivities!  Easy and yto throw together for soum: two important qualities in a last minute something-something for your arsenal.  If you have been running all week long, getting things done, and now find yourself strapped for something to bring to the BBQ…well, then no fret.  Let this recipe be your best friend for the day 😉

Happy 4th of July, Zesters!

So you got invited to an “All-American Affair” tomorrow and you haven’t any time to make something for the potluck, am I right? And with swim season in the here and now, its finally hit you that you aren’t exactly at your beach body best. Furthermore, the words “potluck” and “beach body” don’t exactly go hand-in-hand, so what the heck are you supposed to do?! Hold your horses Paul Revere, and take a breather…Thankfully, Kaylee is here to save the day with a heavy serving of sweet justice that’s light on the calories. Here’s a tried and true, red, white, and blue recipe that even Jefferson himself would sign on the dotted line for.


1 watermelon


12 oz tub of cool whip (1 of the larger containers)


16 oz clamshell of strawberries. As a true Santa Maria native (the strawberry capital), I know the very best stawberries! Hands down, I recommend Daren’s Berries. I’ve been buying these berries for years and have never been disappointed. I mean, do you see how red and juicy these things are?!


6 oz clamshell of blueberries


Can you see the red, white and blue theme going on here?


  1. Take your watermelon and slice off the end of it (about 1/4).
  2. Next, slice a 2-3 inch piece of the watermelon, and try as best you can to keep it in a nice circle! Do this again; another 2-3 inch piece so that you’ll have two nice big circles (as you see below). Do not fear! It’s easy to straighten them out and make them even if you messed up a little;) IMG_9912 IMG_9914
  3. Trim off the ends of the watermelon to even it out. IMG_9916 IMG_9917
  4. Place the first layer of your watermelon onto a serving platter. Using a spatula, spread the cool whip onto the first layer. Stack the next layer on top and do the same thing. IMG_9928 IMG_9930

Important note: I had a really hard time spreading on the cool whip because the apartment was too hot and melted it everywhere! I had to put it in the freezer (the refrigerator still wasn’t cool enough) and then it helped.

5. Slice your strawberries vertically. IMG_99226. Now for the creative part! Take your strawberries and blueberries and create a    pattern on your cake. IMG_9935 IMG_9931

The MELTING! Gahhhh… I had to keep putting the cake in the freezer to keep the berries from melting off. Unfortunately, the freezer didn’t seem to be as cold as it should have been. Kinda ruined the cake, but you can imagine the potential! Good news is that it’s not impossible to save.

Thanks for zestin with me today, and have a Happy Independence Day!

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