Naked cakes have essentially stripped free from their butter cream and fondant "clothing", *gasps*, to reveal their inner beauty, caramel colored cake layers glued together with butter cream. The result? A shockingly unique cake perfect for rustic/southern or vintage weddings.
Ideal for any season, naked cakes can be completely personalized to blend seamlessly with your overall wedding vision.
Not All Naked Cakes are Created Equally
Naked cakes come in a variety of shapes,sizes, and designs. I can spend hours on Google, perusing through image searches and on Pinterest boards, looking at the many different varieties of naked cakes!
The original trend was to have your cake completely naked!, embellished with just a few fresh flowers and a light dusting of powdered sugar. But, the trend has grown in popularity and new varieties emerge each month!
Half-Dressed Wedding Cakes
So, you like naked cakes but perhaps you aren't willing to take it all off. Maybe you are just a little more conservative and want your cake to be "half-dressed". "Half- Dressed" cakes (pictured below) are cakes layered with butter cream, then crumb coated to just barely reveal the cake layers in some areas, like beautiful sheer gowns. The "half-dressed" cake is possibly the next move for the trending naked cake. It could even be considered a more classy version of the naked cake, and in my opinion, lends a beautiful vintage chic appearance.
In love? Get more of the half-naked fix via Cake Geek Magazine's recent blog posting!
Oooh la la! Sounds a bit risque huh? Take that naked cake idea, add a little edible lace, and you have yourself a very va-va-voom cake.
There are many different techniques to personalize your naked cake. Adding fresh flowers or succulents to emphasize your wedding theme is the route many brides take.
By choosing fresh flowers that are in bloom at the time of your wedding you can decorate the naked cake to match the season. Flowers also tend to soften the overall design of the cake if you are looking for a more elegant or vintage style.
Succulents can be added to give the cake a more rustic feel.
If you like to make your entire cake, including the decorations, edible try decorating the naked cake with fresh fruit. Fresh fruit is probably the most popular method of decorating naked cakes. The fruit can be placed on top of or in between the layers depending on the look you are going for.
A great pairing with the fruit design is adding a caramel, honey, or chocolate ganache topping to your tiers.Who doesn't love fruit covered in chocolate with little drips working their way down the layers???
Adding colorful or contrasting butter cream and cake layers can really make your cake POP. Many naked cakes stay in a neutral color palette, stepping out of the neutral zone only with carefully placed flowers or fruits.
By adding contrasting colors to your cake and butter cream, your cake is sure to stand out.
What is there not to love about this hot wedding cake trend? We are on board! Take the plunge...call us for your Naked Wedding Cake!