One of the first things I think of when I think of summer time is fruit salad. The light and sweet tastes of ripe fruit says summer time like nothing else to me. To stick with Joe's Sports Graduation Cake, which included a baseball and basketball I carved a watermelon for the very first time into a Baseball Mitt Fruit Salad Bowl!
Baseball Mitt Fruit Salad Bowl
I found that carving a watermelon is very similar to carving a pumpkin, except that a watermelon is easier to clean out. I started out by carving the top off (just like a pumpkin, except no stem). I then sliced the front of the watermelon out so that it would be the opening. At this point I cleaned out the watermelon and set the fruit aside to place in later. I carved out five fingers and left a piece for the webbing of the glove.
The finishing touch was the webbing. I sliced out three horizontal pieces. The trick for carving this watermelon was finding something to have it sit on so that it didn't roll all over the place. I used the stand to my Wilton's 3D ball cake pan that I made the baseball for the sports graduation cake with.
I used a serving tray that is meant for vegetables and dip to display my baseball mitt fruit salad bowl. This way the fruit could rest on the serving tray. It definitely reduced the mess.
I found this fruit bowl so much fun to make that I can't wait to get creative again and create a different shaped bowl. What types of shapes have you carved?
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