Make-your-own fruity ice bowl with tropical fruit ambrosia

Take dessert to a whole new level with this make-your-own ice bowl recipe! Try filling with tropical fruit ambrosia and serve for an easy yet impressive sweet end to your next summer event

By Jo Wilcox
  • 1 hr preparation
  • 24 hrs marinating
  • Serves 4
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Fruity ice bowl
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • 6-8 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • edible flower petals
Tropical fruit ambrosia
  • 1/2 honeydew melon, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 rock melon, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 pawpaw, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup each green and red grapes, whole or halved
  • 1 nashi pear, diced
  • 1 cup Greek-style vanilla yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup toasted long-thread coconut, plus extra to decorate
  • 8-10 homemade or good-quality marshmallows, cut into cubes, plus a few extra to decorate


  • 1
    To make the ice bowl, slice oranges, lemons and strawberries then arrange decoratively with pomegranate seeds and petals over the base and halfway up the sides of an 8-10 cup-capacity glass bowl. Place a smaller glass bowl inside the first one so it creates a gap of about 5cm between the two.
  • 2
    Continue to push the sliced fruit, seeds and flowers down between the two bowls. When you’re happy with the decoration, pour cold water into the gap (you may need to weigh down the smaller bowl with a tin or heavy freeze-able object to stop it floating). Stop when water level is a little below the top. Carefully transfer to freezer for 2 hours then remove the weight and continue to freeze until completely set. Overnight is best.
  • 3
    To make the fruit ambrosia, toss all the fruit with the yoghurt, toasted coconut and marshmallow cubes.
  • 4
    To serve, remove the ice bowl from the freezer 10 minutes before serving, and carefully pour a little warm water inside the smaller bowl. After 30 seconds twist the inside bowl to release and remove. Invert the larger bowl onto a flat plate and use your hands or a warm, clean cloth to help release the glass bowl.
  • 5
    Gently turn ice bowl upright and place on a serving tray to catch the melted ice. Fill with fruit ambrosia, decorate with extra coconut and marshmallows along with a few edible flowers if desired. Serve immediately.


  • Serves 4-6. - Find a big bowl and a slightly smaller one that fits inside. Make sure they fit in the freezer. - The ice bowl can be made many days in advance; unmould and refreeze it so it’s ready for serving.