To those of you who may be dreaming of warm summer days, sitting out during a picnic and eat sweet succulent watermelon, I have a surprise for you. Betty Crocker has paired up with Target stores, and is now offering Betty Crocker Watermelon Cake mix, and I was courageous enough to try it, just in case you all were wondering!
First off, I will say this, I am not a fan of anything watermelon flavored EXCEPT watermelon. No popsicles, no bubblegum, no candy. This still stands, even with this post. HOWEVER, I will say, that I am not above letting my children enjoy a treat or two even if I’m not really appreciative of the flavors.
Fear not! The cake mix does indeed come with green watermelon flavored icing as well. If you were looking for a way to change this up, I would consider adding a 1/4 or 1/2 a cup of mini chocolate chip morsels to give the cupcakes, or cake, a more intense seeded look. I didn’t, and just settled with the flecks of seeds in the batter. I should have totally pimped this photo out with my Betty Crocker measuring cups, but we can’t win them all, can we?
I chose to do cupcakes for several reasons. One, kids can deal with those better than a slice of cake (well, I tell myself that to justify giving just a cupcake anyway,)two, I’m giving half of the batch to others, and didn’t want to slice cake up, and three, I had cupcake wrappers that I wanted to use up.
Then the fun begins with frosting – or is it icing? Either way, I find it therapeutic. Something about it reminding me of childhood. Although my version has a yellow cake being made by my mother, frosted, and then having a basket weave pattern put on top of the cake.
I’m not sure if children inherently know when food is cooking, of if that’s just my children, but as SOON as I was done icing these bad boys, the three littles came peeking their heads around our kitchen corner. Of course, the ladybug spoke up and asked if I was finished taking photos for a blog post. What does she know about that?! They enjoyed them, and I was glad to make them happy for at least 15 minutes of the day.
So, would you make these (you won’t hurt my feelings if you say no, I promise)? I know that I could possibly do it again to take in as a school treat, or something like that when we’re cutting box tops (oh, btw – these come with box tops for education as well!) I earned three while making this! The cake mix, the frosting, and the Reynold’s baking cups! Cha-ching!
I will say, I do love that this recipe only took three eggs, water, and some vegetable oil, and you were well on your way. Super easy to bake up in case you forgot that it was your turn to be snack mom for the class! It’s also a great treat to make for St. Patrick’s Day this year!
Disclosure: I am a part of Platefull Co-Op and received the cake mix and icing to make and give a review.