Wedding Cake Trend: The Naked Cake

A 'naked' multi-tiered cake is one of the biggest trends at wedding receptions this year because they look so natural and elegant. They don’t have traditional glossy frosting, but they can look as extravagant as any wedding cake if they are decorated correctly.

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Image by The Evoke Company, Cake by Alison Lawson Cakes

The best thing about naked cakes is that you can see the ingredients which means your guests will immediately want to taste those scrumptious layers of chocolate or vanilla sponge, buttercream filling and yummy fruit. Even though a naked cake seems so simple and has that rustic feel, it is very popular at larger weddings too. It might even look better than a classic wedding cake with decadent white icing if you choose a good baker.

You can use lush decorations such as fresh flowers, beautiful ribbons, fun cake toppers and colourful sugar flowers to make it look truly fabulous. If you want to make something a little different and super fashionable, try the ombre trend on your naked wedding cake! We love this colour trend and it looks really spectacular on naked wedding cakes.

When decorating a naked cake, find details that will really pop. Think which colours will work well with bare layers and what style will match your wedding theme. We recommend that you make a romantic three-tiered cake with layers of chocolate sponge and butter cream filling which we used in our 2014 styling shoots for The Bride’s Diary®. A mix of chocolate brown and crisp white looks very delicious, especially when dusted with powdered sugar. You can serve this amazing cake on a silver plate and decorate it with soft pink and white blooms.

You can find a version of a naked cake for virtually every type of wedding from summer picnics to glamorous dinner receptions. If you are organising a destination wedding and going to a tropical island to celebrate your wedding on a beach, you won’t make a mistake if you serve a naked cake made from refreshing citrus flavours and decorate it with orange and yellow blossoms.

A homemade naked wedding cake is perfect for small informal wedding receptions. If you want to make it look and taste very special, decorate it with fresh berries. You can use only one type of berries if you want to make it simple. Raspberries will look gorgeous with brown or golden shades, while blueberries and blackberries are perfect for vanilla sponge in bright yellow. Cherries and strawberries will look fantastic in any cake, but you can also simply put a mixture of different fruit on top of the cake.

This type of cake is great for summer weddings in the countryside and rustic themed parties. The combination of flavours is ideal for brunch receptions, but you can basically serve it any time of day. Sprinkle the cake with icing sugar to make it look even more magical and since a naked cake can become dry faster than the ordinary one make sure that you serve it fresh!

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