I don’t know about you, but I have never ever solved a Rubiks cube. They are just too darn difficult! I know how to make a ‘doughnut’ shape from the cube (look that up here) but I still have a long way to go for solving the whole puzzle. Those algorithms. Anyways, they don’t stop me from admiring rubiks cubes..i love the possibility and the colours in those things! (I like math and art combined. Nerd alert..but hey, I’m an artist. And despite the stereotypical beliefs that artists are bad at math..not true. Math was my best subject at school.) So, I love fruits too.
You know what I’m saying, right?
I just had to make this fruit rubiks cube!
I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t easy to get those cubes the same size. Especially since I used mangoes (which don’t lie straight at all), bananas (nicely curved) and watermelon (the easiest one to carve)..but at first, I totally wished I had some square shaped cookie cutters! That would have made it so much easier. I still really liked how it came out..and somehow the imperfect cubes..made me feel all the bit happier really. They just looked so homely and lovely. Real DIY there, folks. Not just some easy-peasy squares, but the real deal. It takes some serious skill to make those cubes. If you do this, I recommend you to shape and carve these cubes out of the fruit with a knife. It makes it so much more fun!
You need nine squares each of the three fruits you choose. (3 cubed is 27..so nine each..let’s do some math) and after you cut them out you just have to simply place them on top of each other like blocks! If your blocks are flat they will stay in place. You don’t need toothpicks or anything. If they slip off, just cut them a little more (be sure not to cut them too small-or you got to carve a whole new block).
I wasn’t initially sure about the combination of banana, watermelon and mango- but they were the only fruits at home currently that were carve-able. I didn’t want to try cutting an apple because I might have ended up wasting more of it than creating something that resembled blocks. Plus, they would have slowly oxidised and turned all brown. Photography takes a bit of time, y’know!
I think I’ll try this maybe with some kiwi fruit instead of the banana- the banana seemed like the odd one out here-but, I’m surprised to say, it all tasted delicious!
After I created the whole cube, then I spotted the cookie cutters somewhere in the kitchen storage unit. Talk about timing. Anyways, I didn’t have a square shaped one, but I had the whole lot-hearts, stars, circles and whatnot. I just cut some with the leftover watermelon for fun as an extra garnish.
You know..these cookie cutter shapes have just given me so many ideas to carve and shape fruits and make fun salads that look really pretty too. Food for thought here.
I hope you enjoyed this creative process of mine while I made these fruit rubiks cubes! If you make some yourself, please tag your post on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #mysurelysimple so that I can see it! I hope you guys make some pretty fruit cubes like these too!