By Renae Frey

How To Make a Beautiful Naked Cake

Learn how to make a beautiful naked cake with this easy tutorial. This elegant dessert is perfect for weddings, celebrations, and any other special events!

Celebrate in style with this easy guide to making a beautiful naked cake. Perfect for weddings, celebrations, and more!

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Do you love the look of a naked cake, but don’t know how to make one?

This tutorial is for you! I’m going to show you how to make a beautiful naked cake with minimal ingredients and steps.

Today, I am sharing How To Make a Beautiful Naked Cake. Come on, I’ll show you.

How To Make a Beautiful Naked Cake

Are you looking for a rustic and elegant way to decorate a cake?

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In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to make a naked cake.

This is such a beautiful and elegant dessert, and it’s really not as difficult as it looks. Let me show you how it’s done.​

Naked Cakes are all the rage right now, and for good reason. T

hey are so easy to make. You can use fresh fruit and berries and fresh flowers and greenery to make a stunning cake that everyone will love. They are perfect for weddings, bridal and baby showers, birthday parties , holidays and celebrations.

Trust me, if I can do this, so can you.

Let’s get baking!

What is a Naked Cake?

A naked cake is easy to recognize, it’s simply a cake with a minimal outer layer of frosting on the top and sides of the cake, which shows off the cake’s natural texture and filling.

Some naked cakes have no frosting on their outer edge, while others have just a bit of buttercream. Naked cakes are layer cakes that are nearly bare on the sides. The cakes are stacked up with frosting or filling between each layer.

The beauty of naked cakes is that they are a blank canvas-you can decorate them with faux or real florals and fresh berries. They look amazing.

One thing that I like about naked cakes is that they don’t have a ton of frosting on them.

I’m not a fan of much frosting.

Looking for a quick and easy way to decorate a cake for a special occasion? I have the best tips and tricks for decorating a naked cake.
How To Make a Beautiful Naked Cake

I made a simple white cake and buttercream frosting. Both of these recipes are so easy to make.

How To Make a Beautiful Naked Cake

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour cake pans.

Step 2: In a medium mixing bowl or batter bowl, mix all dry ingredients.

Step 3: In another bowl, add wet ingredients. Mix well.

Step 4: Mix wet and dry ingredients. Pour batter into cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Step 5: Let the cakes cool. Using a cake top leveler, trim off the tops of the cakes to make them level-this will make it so much easier to layer the cakes.

How To Make a Beautiful Naked Cake

Should I put the Cake in Fridge Before Icing?

Yes! Frosting the cakes when they are cold keeps them from crumbing. A great tip for keeping a cake moist is to wrap it with a layer of plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil, and put it in the freezer. The moisture from the freshly baked cake will keep it moist in the freezer. You can leave it in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight.

It’s a good idea to put small squares of parchment paper under the cake before you frost it. After you are finished, pull out the pieces of parchment paper and your cake plate will be clean and frosting free.

TIP: Attempting to spread frosting onto warm cake layers is a recipe for disaster. If you have made your frosting ahead, make sure it is at room temperature before you start.

Naked cakes have been all the rage lately, and for good reason. They are beautiful, easy to make, and don’t require a lot of ingredients or steps.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a simple naked cake with minimal ingredients and fuss. I

f you’re new to baking or just want an easy dessert that will wow your friends and family, this is the recipe for you! Have you tried making a naked cake before? What tips would you add? Let me know in the comments below.

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Step 6: While the cakes are cooling in the freezer, make the buttercream frosting.

Step 7: Place a small dab of frosting onto the cake plate that you want to serve it on, then place the cake on top. This dab of frosting will keep the cake in place. I added a large dab of homemade blueberry jam on each layer, then added a large dab of frosting on each new layer. Make sure that you don’t put too much frosting, or the frosting can bulge. Frost the cake using a frosting spatula. It’s best to use the frosting at room temperature, it will be easier to spread. When you have all three layers frosted, use a frosting smoother, smooth the frosting and remove as much of the frosting as you like. It’s just that easy.

How To Make a Beautiful Naked Cake

Decorating the Naked Cake with Fresh fruit and Berries

I used red grapes, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and pears.

I really wanted to use fresh figs-they are so pretty, but I couldn’t find any.

I settled for pears-not my favorite look, but I don’t hate it either. I also used fresh mint leaves and eucalyptus from my garden.

You could also use fresh or faux flowers.

How To Make a Beautiful Naked Cake

Thanks for sticking with me through this long (but hopefully helpful) tutorial.

I really hope you give naked cakes a try–they’re not as hard as they look, and the end result is so worth it!

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How to Make a Beautiful Naked Cake

Renae Frey
Learn how to make a beautiful naked cake with this easy tutorial. This elegant dessert is perfect for weddings, celebrations, and any other special events!
Celebrate in style with this easy guide to making a beautiful naked cake. Perfect for weddings, celebrations, and more!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Decorating time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 8 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 c Salted Butter , softened
  • 1 1/2 c Granulated Sugar
  • 2 t Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c Applesauce
  • 3 1/2 c 3 1/2 c. cake flour, for gluten free-I use One to One Flour from Bob’s Red Mill.
  • 4 t Baking powder
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 1 c Milk or almond milk , room temperature
  • 6 Large Eggs , room temperature

Buttercream Frosting

  • 4 c Confectioners powdered sugar
  • 2 t Vanilla extract
  • 1 c Butter, salted, softened
  • 2 T Milk or Almond Milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter and flour cake pans.In a medium mixing bowl or batter bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
  • In another bowl, add wet ingredients. Mix well.
  • Mix wet and dry ingredients.
  • Pour batter into cake pans.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Let sit in pans for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Frost with Buttercream frosting, decorate.
  • Enjoy!

Buttercream Frosting

  • Add all ingredients and mix well with mixer.
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11 thoughts on “How To Make a Beautiful Naked Cake”

  1. Oh wow Renae it’s beautiful, I always just buy a crumb coated cake from the grocery store!!

  2. Naked cakes to me are beautiful. Plus they are so forgiving with the icing. I have never been big on cakes. I think mainly because of the sweet icing. However, I love a naked cake that is packed with good flavor. Love that you have fresh fruit on your cake. I also think nake cakes are beautiful for weddings too with roses and decorated with other editable flowers.

  3. Love the naked cake idea. I’m not a fan of too much icing either. The fruit on top is beautiful! Thanks for sharing this great idea.

  4. Hi Renae, thanks so much for coming by and joining in on the Link Party at All About Home. I’m sharing this gorgeous cake and display on Monday evening. Hope you have a wonderful Easter week!

  5. While undoubtedly beautiful, I have to wonder how these cakes are cut and served. Do you remove the fruit first, so you can garnish each slice with a few bits? Or attempt to cut through the pile of fruit, which I’m sure would tumble to the floor?

    1. I remove most of the fruit first and garnish each slice of cake after it is plated.

  6. Kathy

    Beautiful cake! What size cake pans did you use for this cake?

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Beautiful interiors don’t have to come with an outrageous price tag. My style is what I like to call Vintage French Farmhouse, I love mixing decorating styles, especially opposites like the glitz of a chandelier dripping in crystals with a chair upholstered in worn aged leather. Refined, yet not too formal-but, livable, elegant traditional design, adding warmth and vintage elements.

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