Wedding Planning Guide
naked wedding cakes
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Unfrosted (or partially frosted) wedding cakes are all the rage: Cake layers are sandwiched between buttercream and stacked sans fondant or frosting. This exposed look is popular with couples looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding cake; top the dessert off with simple decorations like fresh flowers, greenery, and fruit to complement the unfussy, frosting-free look
Thinking of having a naked wedding cake at your celebration? Our guide covers all the delicious options.
Style: Fully exposed layers
This style features multiple cake layers with layers of frosting sandwiched in between, but without the additional buttercream on the sides. The exposed layers have a delicious handmade feel that’s perfect for more casual and rustic celebrations.
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Style: Partially frosted
Not fully frosted and not quite naked, these partially iced confections hint at their delicious interiors.
Style: Square tiers
For a more modern look, skip the standard round tiers and opt for squares, instead. The end result is clean and crisp, but just as delectable.
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If you and your fiancé love chocolate, then opt for chocolate cake layers combined with chocolate or coffee-flavored buttercream. Or, for a high-contrast look, choose vanilla icing to create dramatic black-and-white layers. Red-velvet cake would be a delicious option, too.
Yes, please! I mean, who doesn’t love funfetti cake? Leave the layers unfrosted to reveal the colorful sprinkles baked inside. Trust us, this dessert is guaranteed to get guests pumped for the cake cutting.
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Style: Single tier
Hosting a small reception? Or perhaps you’re serving other desserts in addition to cake? Instead of a multi-tiered confection, have your baker create a single-tier naked cake for the cutting ceremony. Another idea would be to serve multiple single-tier cakes in different flavors to create a delicious-looking cake display.
Style: Decorated with flowers
The simplest way to decorate a naked wedding cake? Ask your florist to set aside some fresh blooms to use as cake embellishments. The design options are endless: Place a few flowers on each tier on alternating sides, go the minimalist route with blooms on just the top tier, or go all out with a lush floral cascade.
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Style: Decorated with greenery
For an elegant, pared-down look, keep things simple by adding a few sprigs of fresh greenery to the cake tiers.
Style: Decorated with fruit
Instead of flowers or greenery, you could instead decorate your naked cake with fresh, in-season fruit. Think: figs and pears in the fall and raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries in the summer.
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