Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)

These towering tiers of summer-ripe fruit will make a stunning centerpiece for your next cookout, potluck, or shower. Use your favorite fruits to customize the design; simply secure firmly with wooden picks.

Although it’s tempting to try and make this ahead of time, don’t make it any earlier than 4 hours before you plan to serve it; the cut watermelon will get too juicy. We’ve offered sample sizes for the tiers in the recipe below; feel free to use them as a guide and scale the tiers up or down depending on the size of your watermelons.

How to Make It

Step 1

Slice off end pieces of watermelons. Firmly place 1 watermelon at a time on a cutting board; run a knife from top of watermelon to bottom between the flesh and rind. Repeat all the way around until rind has been removed; discard rinds.

Step 2

Cut watermelon flesh into 3 rectangular blocks: 7- x 5 1/2- x 3-inches, 5- x 3 1/2- x 3-inches, and 3- x 2 1/2- x 3-inches. If your watermelons are on the smaller side, you can reduce the size of the rectangles, just be sure to scale them down evenly, and to cut all blocks to an even thickness.

Step 3

Place largest block on a cake plate, and insert 2 (6-inch) skewers into center (to secure the tiers); place next biggest block on top. Place smallest block of watermelon on top, creating a tiered cake appearance. Decorate by arranging fruit and mint on all layers of cake (using wooden picks if needed, to help affix fruit). Serve within 4 hours.

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