Sunday 8 September 2013

Birthday bash with kiwi pops and melon fruit cake!

My little sweetheart turns 1 tomorrow and we celebrated with a few good friends over the weekend.
I didn't make too much,but decided that I didn't want to go all unhealthy just because it was a birthday so I made my melon kake and kiwi pops!

Melon cake:
The melon cake is simple:
Just "peel" a watermelon, a rock melon and a honey dew melon. 
Then cut as evenly as possible, slices 
(3 watermelon circles and 2 rock-honey dew circles) 
and layer starting and ending with watermelon. 
Decorate with pineapple (skipped this year!) strawberries, 
watermelon number and writing and blueberries.
Serve with home made vanilla custard.
(Or not. Really up to you)

My sons birthday cake last year:

Vanilla custard:
1 L Full Cream Milk
6 Egg Yolks
1/3 Cup Plain Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste

Add the litre of milk in a big pot.
Heat up till its warm. (Not boiling)
Add 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or 1 split vanilla bean to the milk

in a mixing bowl, mix egg yolks and sugar with a wire wisk till its well mixed.
Use a sift and add the flour slowly to the eggs and sugar while stirring.
Use a cup and mix in a little bit of warmed up milk at a time, to the eggs.
When its lump free, add the mixture to the rest of the milk and heat up to a boil while stirring the entire time.

(be attentive here as this part goes super quick:
Depending on what you are using your custard for,
make sure it doesn't get too thick!
It will get thicker as it gets cooler as well. I like to use it as thin as thickened cream 
(as a sauce) on my fruit salads, 
but you can make this thick enough for tarts and cake 
filling if you want. It is incredible!!)

Place the left overs in the fridge; 
the next day we have a lovely thick custard that is perfect for a dessert or treat on its own.
If you use less sugar, its a good treat for the kiddies!

Kiwi pops:
Cut slices of a peeled Kiwi.
Insert popsicle sticks
Put into freezer for an hour.
Melt chocolate using 1 cup chocolate melts and 1/2 (or less) cold pressed coconut oil.
(For adults you can easily use your melted raw chocolate 
but I do not recommend raw chocolate for kids!)
Dip the frozen kiwis
And use cranberries as noses, white chocolate or greek yoghurt 
as eyes whiskers mouth etc and cut sultanas/raisins as ears. 
Use your melted chocolate as glue. 
Leave upright for a little bit then into freezer till its time to serve. :)

-and thats the healthy yummy birthday bash :)

Note: i haven't tried this and dont know how well it will work (but my guess is fine) but see no problem with using melted cacao butter instead of coconut oil for the chocolate if you dont like the coconut taste. I will try to make these with cacao butter eventually and let you know.

We also made Martha Stewarts carrot cup cakes with cream cheese frosting and they were absolutely magnificent.
Recipe here: Amazing moist tasty Carrot Cupcakes

What do you make for yours or your kids birthday? Any traditions?



  1. You are such an inspiration! Thank you.
    Your lucky kids having you feeding them!