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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    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 :)

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    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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