When Kids Like Fruit More than Cake, Make a Helicopter Fruit Tray

My son turned two last week, and while we did make him the obligatory cake, he was way more interested in the new toy helicopter and raspberries that topped in. In fact he ate ALL of the raspberries off the cake and only licked the icing off the toy helicopter. It reminded me of our time picking fruit at the orchard this summer and made me excited for the summer to come!


So, since he loves fruit, I decided to make him a helicopter fruit tray as a snack too. He loved it! It was a perfect afternoon snack to greet my hungry toddler when he woke up from his nap. I’m still figuring out how to feed my picky toddler to help him gain weight, because he is actually picky in a good direction. His favorite foods are just about any fruit, plus avocados, roasted veggies and yogurt. When it comes to sweets, he’ll try a little, but he gets his fill pretty quickly and is all done.

So if you have a health-nut toddler like mine, a fruit tray might be just the thing for him or her. And if you’re trying to get a toddler interested in eating more fruit, the creative display just might do the trick!

Since my son’s favorite piece of machinery by far is helicopters, I made it in the shape of a helicopter. Get creative though! Make a train, car or animal shape. The sky is the limit!



Helicopter Fruit Tray

  • Author: Weaver's Orchard
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Snack


  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 banana
  • 35 medium strawberries
  • 5 thin pretzel sticks


  1. Peel and slice the kiwi and bananas in circles. Notch one of the kiwis to look like a propellor.
  2. Slice the strawberries in quarters.
  3. Arrange the fruit in the shape of a helicopter.
  4. Add pretzels as the main rotor and landing gear.

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And then for the other dessert–the birthday cake– I used the same applesauce chocolate cake recipe as I had posted here last year, but I just kept the frosting as plain buttercream. We topped it with a cupcake surrounded by raspberries to look like a helicopter landing pad in the snow.


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