Fourth of July parties are filled with family, friends and lots of good food. I love the Fourth because my whole family gets together. We have five summer birthdays in my family, so this time of year is full of celebrations and gatherings. After watching the USA do so well in the World Cup this year, I am feeling extra patriotic.

The kitchen is the heart of our home and gets packed with loved ones on the Fourth. We want to keep it nice and cool so we look for ways to keep the heat outside and avoid using the oven. Using the oven adds extra warmth to an already toasty full house. It’s also hard to maneuver around the kitchen with so many people. There are quite a few kids in my family, and I also worry that they’ll burn themselves.

Every Fourth I put my creative chef hat on and surprise my family with a new dessert. The only criteria: red, white, blue and tasty! One of my favorite things about summer is the fresh fruit – strawberries, blueberries, watermelon and more! It’s so refreshing and light, which makes for a perfect dessert after your stomach is full from all of the wonderful food from your Fourth of July bash.

This healthy dessert is disguised as a cake. Beneath that facade  is a watermelon center. Yum! This recipe doesn’t require any baking and so you won’t use any energy: only your own!

I have to be truthful with you, though. What you will see with my pictures is reality. I’m not a chef and in real life, it won’t look perfect! I give so much credit to those who make their recipes look beautiful because mine are always a little messy, but hey, that’s life. My “cake” may not have come out in the exact shape, but it passed the taste test with flying colors and that’s what really matters.

Ingredients:

1 large seedless watermelon

2 8-ounce containers of frozen whipped topping

Berries of your choice

Step One

Defrost the whipped topping according to the instructions. Slice the short ends off the watermelon so that it sits flat.

Slicing the watermelon

Step Two

Cut away the rind to make either a square or circular shape. You’ll need to reshape the watermelon by removing a little here and there to make it rounder.

Shaved Watermelon

Step Three

Spread whipped topping all over the watermelon.

Cool Whip

Step Four

Garnish with the fruit of your choice. Strawberries and blueberries are the perfect patriotic fit.

Finished watermelon cake

You can make this dessert a day ahead, or the day of. The choice is yours. I put the cake in the fridge overnight and then smoothed another layer of whipped topping over it in the morning. Refreshing! Can you #TasteTheEnergySavings?