Soft and Subtle the Naked Cake Makes it's Debut at Wedding Cakes For You
The naked or semi naked cakes have been on my to do list for quite some time. I LOVE the look of these soft romantic designs and finally decided to do some experimenting.
Chocolate or Vanilla Cake?
Although these are fairly simple designs there are some tricks to filling and frosting them. Basically you start with untrimmed layers of cake. The crust is important as it looks prettiest when it peeks through the icing like the vanilla cake on the left.
The chocolate buttermilk cake on the right needed trimming however. It was a 6 inch cake trimmed to a 5 inch size. This posed a problem. Lots of crumbs and no crusted edges.
Fill the layers with a colorful frosting
Crumb coat the outer edges with a thin layer of chocolate ganache
Frost with a layer of buttercream
Carefully scrape the outer frosting until satisfied :-)
TIP: Don't go overboard scraping or the ganache icing and cake crumbs will start to meld into one another. I would recommend my chocolate stout cake recipe for this style as it makes a firmer crust.
I used my white wedding cake recipe and easy buttercream frosting for the cake pictured below. Recipe links are at the bottom of the page for you.
It's important to have a nice golden crust so bake your cakes until they are firm to the touch and use a simple syrup on the layers to maintain moisture. Naked cakes tend to dry out quickly as they are more exposed.
NOTE: These are semi naked. Totally bare cakes with no icing whatsoever are very susceptible to drying out. I much prefer the look of minimally frosted versus totally nude without icing. Keep the layers well wrapped right up until you set it up at the venue.
Inspiration For The Naked Cakes
Inspiration For A Naked Cake
The process I use to get my creative juices flowing begins with finding something new and exciting to work with. Often times it is a pretty plate or cake stand. Thrift shops, flea markets and stores like Home Goods or T.J. Maxx are great for finding unique treasures. Here is the one I found....
Fresh Flowers or Fruit Decorations
Pretty Soft Pink Roses
These cakes often have ample amounts of fresh flowers and or fruit decorating them. Simple Roses and some flowers from your own garden can work beautifully. The Roses will last quite some time on a wedding cake without wilting, however the Phlox on the chocolate design will not.
Simple Syrup Always good to have on hand: 4 cups sugar 2 1/2 cups water Boil until mixture reaches 200F on a candy thermometer stirring until there are no more crystals left. Cool and store in a jar for future use.
You can brush flavored simple syrup onto your cakes to add moistness and extra favor.