Naked Cake

When Sparks and I first started planning our wedding, cake was one of the things I didn’t care about at all. I’m serious. Did. Not. Care. I figured we would get a nice looking little cake to cut, and serve sheet cake to the rest of our guests. I didn’t see the point in spending a ton of money on something I could whip up in my kitchen at home (you know, because I could totally make a wedding cake for 250 people in my tiny kitchen).

I still don’t care too much about the cake, but I have been feeling a bit more inspired. Mostly, I’ve become enamored with cakes that are”¦ weird. Weird shapes, weird flavors, really anything out of the ordinary seems to catch my eye. While I reasoned early on that a weird flavor would probably not please the crowds (What’s that? You DON’T LIKE my cotton candy, pineapple flavored cake with lavender infused frosting???), I think that a unique shape or design might satisfy my desire for some weirdness/uniqueness.


OK, not THAT unique (image via

I really started to feel a twinge of cake love about a month ago. I was randomly browsing through wedding cake images (that’s normal, right?) when something nearly jumped off the screen and smacked me in the face. I hadn’t seen a wedding cake like it before. It was awesome, it was”¦


Image via Event Lucky


Different, right? I think it looks absolutely, dive-right-in, delicious. So I took that idea and went on a mad internet search for more “naked” cakes (FYI: Do NOT search for “naked cakes.” You won’t find what you’re looking for, trust me).


A simplified version from Country Living


Event Lucky


You’ve seen this one before, from Martha Stewart

So what do you guys think about this “naked cake” idea? Would you gasp in horror if you saw it at a wedding?


Mrs. Sparkler

Wedding Date:
September 2011
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    xtatic1 783 posts, Busy bee @ 4:44 pm

    I love the MS cake, such pretty colorful layers of goodness! I wouldn’t mind a semi-naked cake. I am not a huge frosting fan but feel like you need at least a little so that it isn’t too dry.

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    organicgal 259 posts, Helper bee @ 4:44 pm

    LOVES it!!

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    inamani 59 posts, Worker bee @ 4:45 pm

    Hilary Duff had one for her wedding that i absolutely LOVE!

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    MissCasey 223 posts, Helper bee @ 4:46 pm

    I’m not big on frosting/icing/fondant, so I’d really enjoy eating a naked cake!

    I like the look of the solid color cake with bright frosting/icing in another color. That first one just looks unfinished (but yummy).

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    brady3537 583 posts, Busy bee @ 4:46 pm

    You should check out Hilary Duff’s Wedding Cake

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    misssparkler 488 posts, Helper bee @ 4:48 pm

    @inamani: @brady3537: I LOVED her cake! I wanted to include a pic of it, but OK! magazine owns all the photo rights, grrrrrrrrr.

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    mwitter80 7668 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 4:48 pm

    I love that hillary duff cake as well as this one I had as my inspiration

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    AlliRae 512 posts, Busy bee @ 4:54 pm

    I wouldn’t gasp in horror, but I would be a little sad about the small amount of frosting…that is totally my favorite part of cake! It is your decision, though, and you shouldn’t worry about what people will think.

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    Hannah, Guest @ 4:58 pm

    Go for it!! I love the first picture – all the different colors and textures – yum! although it may have your guests wanting multiple pieces…

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    kcroxyoursox, Guest @ 4:59 pm

    I agree about the first one that it mostly just looks unfinished. The Martha one you can tell was intentionally done that way, and the clean lines really help as opposed to a round cake that would show all the lopsidedness as a glaring error.

    I like the second picture of the chocolate cake with orange icing, but I would have rather seen something like ganache or other drippy topping spill over the sides (then it would be very clear it was intentional not to cover the whole thing perfectly.)

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    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:02 pm

    I think they look fine. But they make me sad because the icing is my favorite part!

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    taco 946 posts, Busy bee @ 5:06 pm

    Nothing wrong with a naked cake, especially for those of us who don’t like eating fondant. My BM/chef convinced me to do fondant for our cutting cake, just to tighten the look up a bit (and it behaved just like she said it would). But it was just cosmetic and people probably won’t notice (it’s not like they’ll be comparing it to some picture they carried with them of another wedding cake).

    Also, straight-up LOLs over here over 1) that terrible bride-themed wedding cake, 2) googling “naked cakes.”

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    crayfish 10384 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 6:14 pm

    I thought that the cake that looks like the bride was crazy…until I realized that it is a really big African custom. So….the internet has basically been mocking that poor couple out of cultural ignorance. Not cool.

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    StuporDuck 4338 posts, Honey bee @ 6:39 pm

    Personally, I would LOVE one. I hate icing. BLECH.

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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:46 pm

    I love this idea/ look, and i think it would totally go with your wedding feel!!

    I’m with other pps in that i LOVE frosting; maybe you could do little shots of frosting on the side, or something, to appease frosting addicts like myself? Just a thought :)

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    magic 640 posts, Busy bee @ 6:47 pm

    I think they are really pretty and original. I would love to see one at a wedding…and love even more to eat one! Nom nom nom.

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    napabridekelsey 3373 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:52 pm

    That MS cake is AMAZING. The best part of the cake is the filling, anyways, so why not show it off ?? :)

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 8:22 pm

    I think the bottom three pics are great – unique, but still attractive and yummy looking. As long as it looks like it’s supposed to be naked, as opposed to just appearing unfinished, I think it’s a neat idea.

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    Crabbabs 1030 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:50 pm

    Love the cake eye candy! I think the “naked” cake would be a fun and unexpected wedding cake.

    As an avid “caker” I can tell you cakes can dry out quickly because they are so porous. When a cake is iced with frosting, if forms a seals that prevents air from getting to the cake keeping it fresh longer. Without the icing on the edge, it will dry out faster. As long as your baker takes this into account (and I’m sure they will) it should be fine.

    Also, I wouldn’t be worried about the lack of frosting on the edge like others have mentioned. When a cake is cut, most of the pieces don’t have icing on the sides. I don’t think anyone would even notice.

    Can’t wait to see what you end up with!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:17 pm

    These are fun, I’d love to see an entire one of funfetti with flowers decorating it! Also, is it wierd that a cotton-candy, pineapple cake with lavender-infused frosting actually sounds really good to me?!? :)

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:17 pm

    Eeee, one of my favorite cakes! You should do a naked cake!! You KNOW I would drool over your awesome cake.

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    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:57 pm

    I feel like naked cake is one of those things where the older folks may assume a horrific error has occurred, but if you’re OK with them being scandalized, I say go for it!

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:29 pm

    Well, my favorite part of cake is the icing (if it’s good), but I have to admit … I’ve never said no to cake. :)

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:55 pm

    I would love a naked cake. 😉 That last photo from MS makes me SO hungry!!!

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    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:00 pm

    Ummm, how have I never seen these before? Annnd, why do they look so much more appetizing than other wedding cakes?! Thanks for the enlightenment, Sparks! These look so tasty and I would definitely not gasp in horror!

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    hotwings 2200 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:23 pm

    purrrdy.. I would love to eat it!

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    Miss Kid 122 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:26 am

    Not at all!!! I think it’s really cool!! Check out they have a couple more I didn’t see up on your post, in case you’re interested. Although I LOVE the funfetti one! How silly!!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:03 am

    I love the look of the second to last one. I would probably miss the extra frosting though since it’s my favorite part. 😉

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 9:14 am

    Love naked cakes. They look so pretty.

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    psychocellochica, Guest @ 9:34 am

    they are gorgeous… but i’d be terrified to order one from a bakery i didn’t trust with my life. Half the job of the frosting is to keep the cake from going stale. If they decide they’re too busy to bake it the day before, and bake it Weds or Thurs before your Saturday night wedding, you’ll be eating some very dry cake :(

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    southerntransplant 306 posts, Helper bee @ 9:57 am

    I love the look of these cakes! There are so many options for changing up the look without involving icing decor.

    However, as an avid lover of cake icing (who often doesn’t get enough of it because FH’s family insists on getting cakes with whipped icing – the horror), I’m going to have to stick with the non-naked cake for myself :)

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    Your Sister, Guest @ 1:41 pm

    That first cake is ugly. Yeah, I’d eat it but please don’t pick that one. It looks like a rice crispy treat and it isn’t pretty at all…like the ugly duckling of cakes that never makes it to being a swan..

    lovvvvve you :)

  33. gazelle Member
    gazelle 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:43 pm

    Ohhh, I think those look great!!!

    By the way, totally laughing over here: FYI: Do NOT search for “naked cakes.” You won’t find what you’re looking for, trust me

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    Kcoleybear 683 posts, Busy bee @ 3:35 pm

    I am in love with the Country Living and Martha Stewart ones.

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    diamondscan 138 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:07 pm

    That first one with the sprinkles looks absolutely delish! *wants some cake now*

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