12 Naked Cakes That Will Make You Want to Bake This Weekend
This rustic trend is here to stay!
With the growth of rustic weddings, naked cakes have started gaining popularity, which means less is more when it comes to cake decorating. Such simplicity pairs perfectly with mason jars, fresh blooms, and DIY reclaimed wood décor. However, we think a cake this good should be eaten at any occasion... even if that occasion is nothing more than a Tuesday. Here are 12 of our favorite naked cake recipes you can make at home!
1. Sweet Classic
Don't fix what isn't broken! A traditional naked cake involves white layers and topped with colorful berries. This recipe amps up the sweetness factor by using berries rolled in sugar, but you can stick with plain, if fresh flavor is all you need.
2. Floral Topper
Frosting flowers are nice, but real flowers are gorgeous. Just be sure to wash your bouquet before any specks of soil fall on the top layer!
3. Fun Celebration
Even adults still love speckled funfetti cake. So why cover the colorful look with frosting? Funfetti cake mix brings spunk to the dessert and also looks great layered between plain vanilla and chocolate cake.
4. Ombre Layers
It may seem like a lot of work to make multi-colored layers of cake, but it's really a cinch (though your guests don't have to know that!). The secret is making each layer from the same batter. Add food coloring to the individual pans before they go into the oven to achieve a trendy ombre look.
5. Layers of Lace
This lacey look gives your cake a touch of frosting and a lot of elegance. Piping intricate designs around the layers may take some time, but it will be worth it in the end. Garnish with fresh fruit for pops of color.
6. Micro Cakes
Because everything is better in mini form. This super easy recipe would be great for a party where everyone can decorate their own! Make the cakes ahead of time and supply a variety of frosting and toppings to choose from.
7. Salty and Sweet
With scarce frosting on the sides, a drip cake effect looks awesome on these desserts. This recipe is for a gingerbread layer cake with a salted whiskey caramel sauce dripping down the sides. We can hardly wait for the drips to hit the plate before cutting ourselves a slice!
8. Half Naked
If you don't want to bare it all, a super thin layer of icing on the side will do. Spread the frosting until streaks of the cake peak through, like this blogger did. Her strawberry thyme cake is a mix of bold flavors coming together perfectly.
9. Topper Fun
The great thing about these cakes is the DIY look they have, so keep the rustic feel going all the way to the top! This homemade pennant banner can be customized to fit your party and is sure to impress your guests. Get the Instagram photos ready!
10. Crepe Cake
The naked trend doesn't only apply to spongey cake! Layer dozens of paper-thin crepes on top of each other with thin blankets of ricotta cheese filling in-between. You'll love this super light, super citrusy cake so much, you'll want it for breakfast.
11. Wine Not?
You should never have to choose between cake and wine! So, this blogger did the impossible and combined them. Inspired by the glam of the red carpet, she drizzled a red wine reduction over semi-naked layers of Cabernet-infused cake, giving a whole new meaning to dessert wine.
12. Keep it Simple
Stay true to the 'less is more' naked cake philosophy. This vanilla cake with a layer of blueberry surprise is all you need for a subtle and sweet bite. Garnish with nothing more than a few lemon slices and a sprig of rosemary for a picture-perfect dessert.