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Karpouzopita (Watermelon Cake) and Watermelon Jelly

Watermelon has such wonderful properties for your health as it lowers cholesterol and helps maintain a better immune system.

Now that watermelon,  is in season, when you buy some, the only thing that is not edible are the pips.

So let’s see how many things I can make out of this 5 kilo watermelon?

To begin with I removed the rind which I set aside to us later on.

I removed all the seeds and cut the watermelon into small pieces.

After that I put the pieces in a food processor and after pulpifying I put it in a colander and strained all the juice.

I had about 2 litres of watermelon juice, 2 cups of watermelon flesh and lots of peels.


Karpouzopita (Watermelon cake), adapted from Elias Mamalakis

A traditional Greek recipe coming from the Cyclades and having its roots in the antiquity.   The name karpouzopita means watermelon pie.  The pie should be flat in the baking tin, as if it is thicker it may not cook in the middle.

You can see a video of the original recipe.  Although the video is in Greek you will get the picture on how the cake/pie is made.



  • 2 cups mashed watermelon
  • 1 cup of self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons thyme honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ cup of sesame seeds


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

After pulpifying the watermelon, put it in a colander and strain all the juice.  Reserve juice.

In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, flour, honey, sugar, ground cloves and cinnamon and mix with a spoon.

Next sprinkle half of the sesame seeds over the bottom of a greased 26 cm baking tin and then pour the mixture over top, sprinkling on top the remaining olive oil, sesame seeds and more cinnamon and cloves.

Place in the oven to bake for about forty-five to fifty minutes and then remove to cool.

Once completely cooled cut into rectangles.

A crust will form on top and below and in the middle it will have a pudding type of consistency to it.

I am submitting this recipe to Sia, of Monsoon Spice, who is hosting Weekend Breakfast Blogging – WBB Summer Feast, our challenge to cook anything with summer fruit or vegetables.


I still had the two litres of water melon juice.

One easy way to use it is to make ice cubes and use it in soft drinks or cocktails, which will add freshness, aroma and taste.

You remember how I have been trying lots of recipes with gelatin this past month? Well here I am again what else? Jelly.

To make the Jelly you will need 12 sheets gelatine and 1 litre juice.  Depending on how sweet the watermelon juice is, you must adjust the honey added.  You can also use leftover spoon sweet syrup or other fruit or compote juice.

Watermelon Jelly, recipe by Ivy


  • 12 gelatin sheets
  • 3 1/2 cups of watermelon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 – 4 teaspoons of honey (depending on how sweet the juice is)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Whipping cream For garnishing

  • 1 heavy cream (35%)
  • 3 tsp of icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence


Whip the cream, add sugar and vanilla and when it is ready, refrigerate.

Place gelatin sheets in a bowl with cold water until soft, for about 5 minutes.

Bring the water to boil and add the gelatin.  Mix until it dissolves.

In a bowl add the honey and pour the gelatine water and dissolve the honey.  Add watermelon juice and vanilla and mix.

Place in a mold and refrigerate for a few hours until it sets. Unmold and serve with whipping cream.

Watermelon Lemon Popsicles

How about some popsicles?  So easy to make.  Watermelon, honey and fresh lemon juice.  Put everything in a blender, taste and adjust if you want it sweeter.   Freeze for a couple of hours and there’s nothing better than a cool, refreshing (and healthy) dessert in the summertime.



With the peels I made Karpouzi Glyko (fruit preserve)

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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28 Responses

  1. Peter G

    Greeks will make “pita” out of anything. Καρπουζοπητα is def something I have never seen before. I am intrigued Ivy. Is this a dish from the islands?

  2. Lisa

    I read about this supposed natural viagra too 🙂 Apparently, you need to consume lots of it to achieve the desired effect. You are doing a service to your readers by providing lots of different ideas for serving it. I especially like the Watermelon Pie.

  3. White On Rice Couple

    OMG this is just watermelon heaven! I have been looking to add to my watermelon recipe collection. Now I’ve found it!

  4. Ivy

    Peter, you are right. We make pita and spoon sweets out of every vegetable and fruit. This is a recipe coming from the Cyclades.

  5. Ivy

    Lisa, I don’t know how much you have to consume but with or without the effect it’s still good.

  6. Ivy

    Diane, I am glad you found something you liked.

  7. Núria

    Ivy, you keep on amazing me!!!!! All this wonderful recipes from one watermelon! I love the gelatin shinny red one :D, also the first one sounds super and so easy, and the juice… is perfect for summer heat. Great Post!

  8. giz

    Who knew watermelon had so many uses. See – I’ve learned something new once again. I love the watermelon jelly – how pretty is that!!

  9. Ivy

    Nuria, until last summer I only ate watermelon with halloumi. Perfect combination of sweet and salty.

  10. Ivy

    Giz as I said to Nuria, I didn’t either but I’ve been blogging for nearly a year now and I’ve learned so many things in such a short period, now I can even make my own recipes.


    hi ivy, i like the pudding look of he cake, but i think i will have to wait a long time for my family to enjoy such tastes!

    carrot is such a colourful addition to tzatziki, especially since carrot is often not used in our meals at home. as for purslane, we have it growing wild in the garden, and goes in all salads – i love it.

  12. Ivy

    Wow! I Have never heard of watermelon pie. You do so many cool and interesting things on here. I will definitely be checking it out often. 🙂
    -Ivy from Little Ivy Cakes

  13. Susan from Food Blogga

    OMG, watermelon a natural Viagra? Just when you thought you heard everything. I love that watermelon jelly, Ivy. I’ve never heard of it, but it sounds like so much fun. And you’re looking cute in your baseball cap. 🙂

  14. Ivy

    Maria, I know what you mean because I have the same problems with some of children.

  15. Ivy

    Hi Ivy, thanks for visiting and I will be glad to see you again.

  16. Ivy

    Susan I love blogging because we spread our love for food towards all the continents.

  17. Cakelaw

    Who knew the watermelon pie had watermelon it in from looking at it? I would never have associated watermelon with fudgy desserts, but this looks great!!!!

  18. Bellini Valli

    Who new watermelon was so versatile sis!!!!

  19. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

    Watermelon pie is just genius Ivy! I love it. I also like to make watermelon granita from watermelon juice – or add sparkling water for a soda – kids love that. Oh and watermelon rind salad – okay, now I need to go and get some watermelon, I have a major urge to have some!!

  20. Ivy

    Thanks Jenn. Thanks for giving me new ideas. Now I know what else to do with the next watermelon.

  21. Elly

    Karpouzopita sounds so interesting, Ivy! I’m so interested. I’ll tell you what I would do with a 5 kilo watermelon–eat it in one sitting. LOL. My husband and I are watermelon fanatics. I love this post!

  22. zorra

    Even I don’t need Viagra, yet, I would like to taste the jelly right now! 😉

  23. Ivy

    Hi Zorra. Just keep it in mind when the need arises (lol).

  24. Aparna

    Don’t know about’s its effects, Ivy, but out here its the perfect fruit for summer!
    Never knew you could make pie from it. Great.
    I usually make a juice with lime juice, a bit of salt and pepper.

  25. Ivy

    Next time I shall try this Aparna. Thanks.

  26. Corinne

    That watermelon pie looks very interesting… will have to try that the next time we have too much watermelon! The gelatin looks good too!

  27. Marta

    We had watermelon pie while on the island of Milos (in the Cyclades) this past summer at a taverna and LOVED it! I’m so glad I found your recipe and now I’ll try it.

  28. Scott

    These all look amazing. I am going to try them all when watermelon is in season and cheap. Thanks!