Surprisingly Simple Naked Cakes, Perfect for Summer Entertaining

The rustic, stripped down style of a naked cake makes it the perfect dessert for your summer party. These naked cakes show that less fuss means more charm in these sweet styles.

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Vanilla Naked Cake

Hot summer days call for stripped down desserts. This simply stunning Vanilla Naked Cake from What Should I Make For... is topped with sugared blueberries and a tangy swirl of cream cheese icing. Leave the sides bare for an unfussy, casual look.

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Cherry-Topped Naked Cake

Sweet summer cherries are nestled on top of fluffy buttercream frosting in this dressed up naked cake. Kristi Murphy and Baked by Joanna clearly demonstrate that a showstopping dessert doesn't have to be difficult.

S'mores Cake

Is there any treat more synonymous with summer than s'mores? The campfire favorite gets a grown up twist in this naked s'mores cake from What Should I Make For... Layers of chocolate cake, whipped chocolate ganache, gooey marshmallow frosting, and buttery graham cracker crumbles will have everyone begging for s'more!

Peach and Rosemary Naked Cake

Ripe peaches and just a hint of fresh rosemary give this vanilla naked cake from Grits and Chopsticks a summery spin. The perfectly imperfect icing technique is all rustic charm and sweetness.

Triple-Lemon Naked Cake with Edible Flowers

Beautiful blooms adorn this brightly flavored triple-lemon naked cake from Buttered Side Up. Wouldn't this simple stunner make a lovely finish to an outdoor summer wedding or garden party? Edible flowers are a gorgeous garnish and add a mild mintiness which pairs nicely with the bold lemon flavor.

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

The classic combination of chocolate and raspberries will make this naked cake by Glorious Treats a family favorite for sure. Don't wait for a special occasion to showcase these sweet summer berries in this easy to execute style.

Strawberries and Cream Naked Cake

Strawberries and whipped cream icing just scream summer in this charming naked cake by Super Golden Bakes. The barely-there icing makes this a light dessert perfect for a refreshing summer afternoon.

Red, White and Blue Cake

This red, white, and blue naked cake from What Should I Make For... is prettily patriotic. Celebrate the 4th with red velvet cake topped with blueberries, raspberries, and tangy cream cheese icing, and get ready to taste the fireworks!

Pina Colada Cake

Do you like pina coladas? And getting caught with a mouthful of cake? Coconut and pineapple make this tropical naked cake from Broma Bakery taste like your favorite summery cocktail. I'll take a slice poolside, please!

Naked Chocolate Cake with Blackberries and Whipped Coconut Cream

Go ahead and indulge in this naked cake by Beard & Bonnet. It's rich, chocolaty, decadent and guilt-free?! A special flour blend, whipped coconut cream and fresh, plump blackberries make this vegan, gluten-free cake an ideal way to savor the summer.

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.

Get the recipe from Ashlee Marie.

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.

Get the recipe from I Heart Baking.

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.

Get the recipe from Homemade Hooplah.

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.

Get the recipe from My Cake School.

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.

Get the recipe from Minted.

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!

Get the recipe from Top With Cinnamon.

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.

Get the recipe from The Cake Blog.

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!

Get more inspiration from Pinterest.

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.

Get the recipe from Buttercream Blondie.

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.

Get the recipe from I Heart Baking.

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