Birthday cakes are the done thing for celebrating a birthday in style. They can be amazing too, especially if you create something elaborate or themed (there are even McDonald’s birthday cakes now, can you believe that?). But, sometimes, a real birthday cake isn’t the right idea. This is when you might consider a birthday cake made of fruit instead.
We’re not talking about a fruitcake here or a fruit-flavored cake. Instead, we’re looking at cakes that are literally created from fruit and little else. They’re fantastic alternatives to traditional cakes, as they’re much lower in sugar and fit into most diets.
Besides, despite the popularity of cake, not everyone is a fan. Some people don’t like the flavor or texture of a traditional cake (even if you choose a stunning flavor combination). Others feel like the whole thing is too much hassle.
So, why not experiment with these treats instead? They’re not birthday cakes in the traditional sense, but that just makes them even more amazing.
P.S. If you want a traditional cake and aren’t good at baking, why not try a birthday cake delivery service? These companies do all the hard work for you and ship a fully prepared cake right to your door.
You know what else? You can use these services to ship a cake directly to the birthday boy or girl. This is fantastic if you’re too far away to celebrate their birthday with them.
You could also experiment with vegan birthday cakes. These use a different set of ingredients than normal, so they might work for some people who don’t want a regular birthday cake.
Fun And Fantastic Fruit Birthday Cakes
Tiered Rainbow Fruit Cake
I love how many tiers there are on this cake. It starts with watermelon, followed by cantaloupe, pineapple, honeydew (probably), and kiwi. Each layer is accompanied by fresh fruit, which just makes the whole thing even more spectacular.
This design is special in that it looks fantastic, but it wouldn’t be challenging to pull off. You wouldn’t even need any special tools or carving skills. The same isn’t true for some of the other cakes on this list.
A Watermelon Work Of Art
Here’s another fun style. This time there are just three watermelon tiers, plus plenty of berries and grapes.
The idea of decorating a watermelon cake with fresh fruit isn’t new or unusual. You’ll see many riffs on this theme as we go along.
Still, this particular version really is impressive. The fruit has been carefully arranged to create a cake that’s beautiful and elegant.
Just Fruit, Mint Leaves, And Dark Chocolate
This cake follows some of the same patterns that we’ve seen previously, with one big difference – chocolate. The chocolate drizzle stops this from being a pure fruit cake, but honestly, does that matter?
After all, fresh fruit and chocolate always pair together nicely. You end up with a simply stunning balance of flavors and an impressive looking cake
Why Stick With Straight Layers?
I love the topsy turvy nature of this cake. Cutting the watermelon at angles like this makes it look much more interesting than a more traditional watermelon cake. I can even imagine serving a cake like this at a 21st birthday party.
The extra stars and berries are fantastic too. While the decorations would take a little time to make, the cake would still be faster to prepare than a real cake that needs to be mixed and baked.
You could also take this angled cutting technique and pair it with some of the other garnishes featured on this list. Why not? It’s your cake. You can make it however you want to.
Part Cake, Part Fruit Tray – Complete With Dolphins
This treat is a bit different than the previous entries. It’s basically a tiered fruit tray with layers of oranges, apples, and grapes, topped with bananas.
It’s the style that makes this stand out. Everything has been carefully designed so that this looks like a waterfall cake, complete with banana dolphins on the top. It’s a fantastic alternative to all the melon cakes we’ve been seeing so far.
A Watermelon Bowl Cake
This treat brings us back to watermelon, but the style is different this time. Rather than using melons to create cake layers, this version hollows out part of a watermelon to give you a bowl.
The pictured version then fills and surrounds the bowl with plenty of berries and watermelon balls. Berries are a fantastic choice, as they naturally complement the color of the watermelon.
Of course, you could easily use another type of fruit if you’d prefer.
Getting Creative With A Watermelon Cake
This is still a tiered watermelon cake with berries on the side, but it still manages to stand out. This is mostly because of the dragon fruit balls.
Dragon fruit is exotic, so it’s a great way to make a fruit cake much more enjoyable. It’s not as unusual as it once was either. You can even find it in local markets from time to time. If you have no luck with that, there are plenty of places to order dragon fruit online.
For A Pirate-Focused Kid
Here’s a great way to get kids eating more fruit – turn their fruit into an adventure. That’s exactly what’s been done with this pirate ship birthday cake.
The sails are easily the best feature. They even look like there is some wind blowing in them, due to the shape of the watermelon.
Then there are the three pirate figures. While these aren’t essential, they do make the cake much more exciting.
Decorating With Flowers
Most of the cakes on this list have been decorated with fresh fruit. This one is an exception, as it uses flowers for decoration instead.
I love how most of the chosen flowers are white. These are an excellent contrast against the bright red of the watermelon. Besides, when the base of the cake is made from fruit, do you really need fruit as a garnish too?
A Simple Stack Of Fruit
This cake is much simpler. It’s almost too simple to call it a cake at all. You’re simply looking at two thick slices of pineapple, with strawberries and blueberries, plus some flowers for good measure.
This is far too small to serve as a cake at a party. But, it’s the perfect size for a single person. You could even make a dozen or so of these and give one to each guest.
Not Just A Watermelon Cake, But Watermelon Roses Too
This cake is much more elaborate than the previous entries. The watermelon roses are the most stand out feature. Seriously. Don’t they look amazing?
There are also scored leaves that make the watermelon roses stand out even more. The cake itself has some interesting texture and plenty of melon balls that contrast against the watermelon.
You don’t need to be an expert to craft watermelon roses like these, although some practice is required. Thankfully, there are plenty of YouTube videos (like this one) that teach you every step of the process.
Using Fruit To Build A Dress
This entry may be cheating slightly, as I suspect there’s cake or perhaps foam under this Barbie doll’s dress. Still, there’s a lot of fruit here, so that counts, doesn’t it?
The fruits have all been used well to create a stunning contrast throughout the cake. It could be the perfect treat for a young girl and a great alternative to a traditional cake.
An Even More Extraordinary Watermelon Treat
Here’s another stunning way to use watermelon to create a cake. This one manages to look like an incredible peacock or perhaps a phoenix.
It looks like there are some vegetables used as well, including cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. These would provide a slight savory edge. They’re also essential for making the cake look like the chosen bird.
Besides, if you want to get technical about it – cucumbers and cherry tomatoes are both botanically classified as a type of fruit. That means that this is still, technically, a cake made entirely out of fruit.
A Simple Melon Cake
What could be simpler than this? All you need for this baby cake is some green honeydew melon, some fresh grapes, and some fresh strawberries. That’s it.
The decoration can even be as simple as the version in the image, just a ring of grapes around the base and more fruit piled on top of the melon.
A Layered Watermelon Zoo Cake
The creator of this cake follows a familiar layered melon theme. But, this time, there are animal shapes as well. These give the cake a zoo-like style and make it much more interesting.
It engaging be a particularly good cake for kids, as many would enjoy eating the fruit animals on their own.
Baby Cakes Galore
Look at these sweet little cakes. They’re all simple – just a piece of watermelon, half a strawberry, a wedge of dragon fruit, and two blueberries. However, the careful composition creates an elegant treat.
They little cakes are certainly more impressive than just giving birthday party guests a wedge of watermelon.
A Romantic Birthday Cake
This cake really leans into the romantic themes, including some roses, roses made from pineapple, and plenty of strawberries, pineapple pieces, and grapes.
It’s not just the ingredients that make this cake stunning. Instead, the careful way it has all been put together stands out too. I particularly love how there are some white strawberries in the mix, as these add a nice color contrast.
Some Simple Icing Brings It All Together
Sometimes you need to go beyond just fruit to create the cake of your dreams. This version is one example. The white exterior is an excellent contrast for the red watermelon, while the fruit on top finishes everything off perfectly.
I love the inclusion of currants here. These work excellently with the other berries and add an interesting dimension to the cake.
Here’s another cool thing. If this cake was iced carefully, it would look like a regular cake from the outside. The watermelon center would only be obvious once someone cut into the cake (as they have for the photo).
A Fruit Train!
Making trains out of cake was once fairly popular for birthdays. Why not twist the idea around and make a fruit train instead?
This cake is a fantastic example of the style, using watermelon for the train, then cantaloupe and honeydew melon for the cars. Kiwis make excellent wheels, while bananas are used for the lights and smoke stack.
You could even include a few figures somewhere on the train to make it even more exciting.
Playing With Pineapple
Most fruit-based cakes use melons as their base. This one changes things up by using a pineapple instead. At least, I think there’s still a pineapple under there. It’s a little tough to tell.
Regardless, the entire treat looks amazing. Everything has been done perfectly, including the grapes, berries, and melon balls surrounding the pineapple and the slices of fruit at the base. Including pomegranate arils is a nice touch too, as these provide an excellent color contrast.
Doesn’t This One Look Stunning?
Speaking of amazing-looking cakes, what about this one? It uses the same watermelon base that we’ve seen before, but this time the next layer is pineapple.
There aren’t many pieces of fruit as garnish, but you could always include more fruit to notch this cake up a few levels.
If you thought the last cake was a bit over the top, what about this one? This must have been served at a wedding reception and is beyond impressive.
It’s a little confusing too, as it’s completely unclear what is behind the fruit pieces. I wonder how you’d eat it? Would you pull off individual pieces or attempt to cut a ‘slice’?
Why Not Add Some Filling?
One of the cakes we mentioned earlier had frosting. This one takes a similar idea, but includes frosting piled on top and between the two layers.
The style makes this look a lot like a traditional cake. You could even cut into it and serve slices.
A Single Serving Version
If you want a cake for one, this tiny beauty is tough to beat.
There might be a base watermelon layer, but it’s all the toppings that make this one stand out. There are some interesting items in the mix too, including heart-shaped pieces of pineapple, kiwi berries, and what look like watermelon radishes.
You could easily follow the same style with your own selection of fruit and still end up with a stunning treat.
Why Not Yellow Watermelon?
Red watermelons are the most common type, but they’re not your only option. This wedding cake does things differently by relying on bright yellow watermelon instead, plus a cascade of strawberries and blueberries.
Yellow watermelon is ideal here, as it creates a strong color contrast between the cake and the berries.
Many Many Melon Balls
Rather than using large pieces of watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon, this three tier wedding cake uses many small melon balls instead. The style leads to a vibrant and fun cake that is different than any other fruit cake out there.
There’s a little cheating going on, as there’s an underlying Styrofoam cake that the balls are stuck into. As such, this isn’t quite an all fruit cake. Still, it looks amazing and the style is certainly unusual.
Here’s Another Fruit Boat
What about a second watermelon pirate ship? The first one we featured used a partly carved out watermelon as the base, while this one has cut the watermelon into slices instead.
The style makes this an extremely easy cake to prepare, one that still looks very impressive. While there aren’t any figurines on this one, you could easily include some if you wanted to.
Don’t You Love The Strawberries?
The layer of strawberries is what makes this cake truly spectacular. Few other cakes use this style. Then you have the chocolate on each layer which is an excellent visual and flavor contrast.
Honestly, who wouldn’t be impressed by a cake like this?
A Single Layer And Many Decorations
This treat shows that sometimes one layer really is enough. It’s the decorations that make this one stand out, particularly the sliced kiwis around the top and the stars that are used as a garnish.
I love the dragon fruit shapes too, particularly the large star. The white flesh and black seeds of the dragon fruit always look stunning. They’re also an excellent contrast to other types of fruit.
Simple, But Still Beautiful
Who says that cakes need to be round? This one uses square layers instead and looks fantastic. The sliced fruit works a treat too and makes everything look better.
I particularly love the strawberries on the top. They’re simply stunning and wouldn’t be difficult to prepare either.
Using Treats As Guard Rails
Here’s a completely different style. This time wafer treats are used to hold in a large number of fresh berries. This would be heaven to anyone who loves berries (and honestly, who doesn’t?).
There is probably a flat cake under there too or perhaps some polystyrene. It’s impossible to tell from the image.
Still, you could make a dessert with just the wafer and berries (as long as you had a lot of berries on hand). It would be an excellent treat for serving a crowd.
A Froggy Theme
This one couldn’t really be cut like a cake. It makes an excellent centerpiece though, especially for a garden party themed event.
You could even include actual fruit salad in the froggy’s mouth, rather than just individual pieces of fruit. Then you’d just need a spoon to serve the salad.
A Four Layered Cake
This is a nice change from all the cakes we’ve featured so far. It still uses watermelon, but the slices are much thinner – creating a layered cake.
I love the use of fruit in between the layers. It looks like there are strawberries, blueberries, and apples, which create a fantastic contrast of texture and flavor.
There are so things we could say about this cake. The fruit platter at the base is particularly exciting, making this much more interesting than just a regular cake. Then there is the cake itself, complete with plenty more fruit.
While all the fruit looks amazing, the way the kiwis have been cut really steal the show. The green of the kiwis and grapes is also an exceptional contrast against the pink of the watermelon and strawberries.
Complete With Star Fruit
This cake features another exotic ingredient – star fruit. Not surprisingly, star fruit gets its name from the fruit’s shape. Star fruit also have a delicious sweet and sour flavor, which makes them very easy to enjoy.
The star shape also looks fantastic on cakes, like this one. Then there are the blueberries and kiwis, which really bring the whole thing together.
I love how watermelon rind has been used to create the name of the birthday girl. This is such an easy way to personalize the cake.
Bricks Of Melon With Icing
This cake follows a different style to most of the previous entries. Rather than focusing on blocks of fruit, it uses a brick-like style instead, with icing in between the bricks.
The icing means that this cake isn’t 100% made of fruit, but honestly, it’s close enough. Adding fruit to the top just makes the whole thing even better.
A Triple Decker Melon Cake
Here’s another three layer cake. This one has watermelon as the base layer, then honeydew and cantaloupe. Each layer has decorations made from melon too, which makes the cake stand out even more.
This cake would be a fantastic way to impress guests, without requiring too much effort to prepare.
Another Riff On The Same Idea
This three tier cake follows roughly the same style, but it looks completely different. I love how there are alternating fruits at the base of each layer, plus fruit-based flowers on top.
There are even leaves made from watermelon rind. These look fantastic and make the whole cake look even better.
Complete With Fruit Art
This cake follows a similar style as the previous entries, but it has a few interesting features. The dedication on the front and the images of people are simply amazing. They look like they’ve been made using melon rind and really stand out.
Then there’s a rose made from watermelon, plus plenty of kiwis, dragon fruit, and other treats. Honestly, for a single tier cake, this one is hard to beat.
Yellow Watermelon, Figs, And Grapes
Here’s another cake that relies on yellow watermelon. There are also plenty of green grapes, fresh figs, kiwis, and peaches.
While there aren’t many types of fruit on the cake, the ones that are there look simply amazing. I love the combination of grapes and figs. The fruits are stunning together.
Complete With Cross Hatching
The most amazing thing about this cake is the middle layer, which includes squares of kiwis and squares of melon. The style is quite different than any of the other cakes on the list and works incredibly well.
You could do something similar with other tyles of fruit as well. Then there are the blueberries studded into the watermelon base. This is a simple idea, but gives you such an amazing contrast of colors.
Getting Impressive With The Tiers
This cake takes the idea of tiers to the next level. It would be an incredible treat at a birthday, as it’s taller and more stunning than most other cakes.
Plus, there are endless ways to customize the cake. You could easily make your own version, one that’s just as exciting as this one, if not more so.
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