Hope everyone had a great day yesterday! We hosted a 4th of July BBQ with friends and neighbors at our house this year. Very fun!
One of my favorite things to make in the summertime is a watermelon shark. The first time I made it, I followed one of many tutorials on the internet (just do a Google search for “Watermelon Shark”). Now that I’ve got the method down, and I can carve a shark out in just a matter of minutes. I fill the shark with watermelon balls or cubes, so that the shark becomes its own serving dish. Kids and adults alike always get a kick out of it.
Here’s another, more professional picture of a watermelon shark from the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
And, here are the instructions.
- Wash the outside of the watermelon and dry it.
- Cut off about 1/3 of one end of the watermelon at an angle.
- Stand up the watermelon, and cut out a large wedge for the mouth. You can use a dry erase marker to outline the mouth first before cutting.
- Scoop out the insides of the watermelon with a large flat spoon or knife. It doesn’t have to be completely scooped out, but I like to use my shark as a serving bowl, so I scoop a majority of the watermelon flesh out for my sharks. You can then but up the watermelon flesh into cubes, or I like to make balls with it.
- Next, score a 1/2 inch line back from the top and bottom of the mouth. Trim back just the green part of the rind to your scored line. This will end of being the teeth area.
- Cut out the teeth…just make lots of triangles…on both the top and bottom of the “mouth”
- Use a small knife to cut out eye sockets, and put a grape or blueberry in the socket. When I’m in a rush, I just cut out the eyes and leave them that way.
- Cut out “gills” behind the mount, for a more authentic shark look.
- Using a piece of the rind from the mouth or bottom, make a triangle out of the rind for the dorsal fin. Insert the fin into the shark body using toothpicks.
- Now is the fun prat. Fill your shark with the watermelon balls or cubes and serve! You can also put Swedish fish in its mouth for a little extra fun. Or, sit your watermelon shark on a platter of blue jello.
Another thing I did this year was make a flag out of cupcakes. I used the bottom of a large rectangular cardboard box, and lined it with foil. Then laid the unfrosted cupcakes in the box. I used yellow cupcakes with white frosting for the white stripes of the flag, and chocolate cupcakes with red frosting for the red stripes. I frosted a few cupcakes blue with white stars in the top left corner to finish off the look.
Here is my go-to buttercream frosting recipe. It’s delicious!!
In a large bowl, cream together 3/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup shortening, and 1 tsp vanilla. Blend in 4 cups of powdered sugar, (one cup at a time), beating well after each addition. Beat in about 2 tbsp milk (I sometimes need to add another tbsp more for just the right consistency), and continue mixing until light and fluffy. Makes about 2 1/2 cups of frosting. Add your own food coloring to get the desired color, and frost away!