Farmer’s market inspired sweets are great fun to serve at brunch this season. Nothing says treat like the bright reds and oranges of my favorite fruits. And these ones are even better than the normal market stash… Because they are birthday party cakes!
I love these individual fruity cakes for brunches and showers. Really for any reason to celebrate this summer. Such a sweet way to say – happy anything and welcome in a season of fruit picking, sun drenched parties. I can’t wait to serve these and watch the kid’s faces as they realize what looks like a watermelon is actually their favorite cake flavor! A birthday party surprise that will not be soon forgotten.
To make the fruit cakes you’ll need: 1 box cake mix (we used french vanilla) or your favorite cake recipe, 2 cans of white frosting (14-16oz), food coloring (standard box of food coloring — red, orange, green, blue, as well as black, and pastel yellow if making lemon). A 12×17 sheet pan, parchment paper, wax paper for templates (parchment paper is ok too), small ziploc bags, knife, ramekins/small bowls and plastic spoons to mix food coloring and frosting.
Preheat oven to 325F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (follow these instructions for fitting parchment into a pan). Grease and lightly flour the pan. Make cake batter according to recipe instructions and pour the batter into pan, evenly distributing it. Bake in oven for 17-20 minutes, keeping an eye on the cake. Remove and let cool.
Prepare your fruit templates by printing out the template sheet to create these simple fruit shapes. Cut out the fruit shapes. Also cut pieces of wax (or parchment) paper slightly bigger than each fruit shape. Lay a template over wax paper and cut out the shape of the fruit. Repeat with other fruit shapes.
Start in a corner of the cooled cake. Lay the wax paper template over the cake and use it as a guide. Take a knife and gently slice around the outline to create the fruit shape. Remove wax paper template and use again, or discard. Repeat with the other shapes. On a 12×17 pan we fit 2 strawberries, 3 lemons, 2 watermelon slices, and 3 orange slices. With an offset spatula, gently lift each mini cake from the pan and place on another piece of parchment to frost.