6 Jaw Dropping Naked Wedding Cakes

Ah, the naked wedding cake: a simple, au naturale look that never goes out of style! Have you heard / seen / fallen in love with naked wedding cakes yet? You may after seeing this post! We’re uncovering six of our favorite naked wedding cakes to inspire you… and, we want to know: would YOU go naked?

Naked Wedding Cakes

First things first: what is a “naked wedding cake”? A naked wedding cake is a sponge-like cake that has icing on the top and inside its layers, without any icing on the sides. This style of cake allows emphasis to be placed on the exterior of the cake, revealing its layers. While it appears super easy-to-tackle, it’s actually more difficult than a traditional wedding cake. Since the layers are exposed, the cake itself must be free of imperfections. Also, since icing adds to the moistness of the cake, it must be extra-moist to begin with so it won’t dry out. When working with naked wedding cakes, you can use icing or cream cheese as layers — or get creative with delicious fillings. Naked wedding cakes are especially popular in the summer when seasonal fruits are ripe for the picking (like strawberries and blueberries). In this example, fresh fruit adds texture to the cake (and requires no additional cake topper).

Naked Wedding Cakes | This cake has strawberries and blueberries, which add color and texture to this natural cake.  This type of cake is ideal in the summer when fresh fruit is in season.

photo: bayly & moore via style me pretty

In this next example, a lovely tower of cake is placed on a white pedestal and adorned with a wood ‘love’ cake topper; fresh flowers add color and texture.

Naked wedding cakes look great as-is, or add a unique topper to add a personalized touch.  This wood cake topper by Better Off Wed Rustics is one of our favorite looks.

via better off wed rustics

Of all the naked wedding cakes, this one is my favorite — and it’s the simplest. A single floral bloom adorns this naked cake, which features two small tiers.

Naked Wedding Cakes - This naked two-tiered wedding cake features a simple floral bloom.

photo: loft photographie via style me pretty

A small dusting of powdered sugar makes this cake unique, while small floral buds and blooms are staggered across the sides.

Naked wedding cakes - Add a dusting of powdered sugar and adorn the cake with floral blooms.

photo: rachel whyte via style me pretty

Mmm, chocolate! This is a simple chocolate wedding cake with white icing and natural naked layers. See? No topper needed.

Naked wedding cakes - We  love the contrast of a chocolate wedding cake and white icing.

photo: jon duenas via style me pretty

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this naked bundt cake. While it’s a totally different style than the above naked wedding cakes, it is still a ‘naked’ and natural cake alternative. Place on a clear cake stand and top with a simple banner for a whimsical look.

Naked Wedding Cakes | For a whimsical wedding, try bundt cakes instead of regular cake.

topper by readygo

Now it’s YOUR turn: would you go naked? Do you like naked wedding cakes? Why or why not? Tell us with a comment below!

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Emma | Emmaline Bride

Thanks, Catherine! Glad you liked them!

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I really love the idea of the “Naked” Wedding Cake! Fits so perfectly with a rustic or outdoor theme.

Emma | Emmaline Bride

I agree. I especially love the naked wedding cake idea this time of year for fall rustic weddings… perfection.