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Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes

Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Let’s start at the beginning here… just what IS a naked cake?

Basically, it’s a cake without its coat on, a cake minus the outer layer of icing, with the layers of sponge exposed for all to see. Naked cakes became popular a few years ago and this popularity has grown ever since, with designs becoming more elaborate and exciting with each passing season.

Today we’re going to take a look at a few of our favourite designs, from the classic naked cake adorned with fresh berries or blooms to some more contemporary styles.

This is how it begins, a beautiful tiered sponge with layers of jam and buttercream, dusted with icing sugar and adorned with ivy and fresh flowers. It’s pretty, simple and just perfect for a wedding.

Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Image Courtesy of Miss Ingredient

 

While the naked cake is often associated with a less formal style of wedding, the addition of fresh flowers and a lavish silver cake stand soon gives it a glamorous edge. Sometimes all you need to do is change a small detail such as the stand, and the cake takes on a completely new look.

Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Image Courtesy of Mi Belle Photography

 

Of course the naked cake can adopt new style depending on the cake flavour. Here, red velvet cakes result in a romantic red cake.

Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Image Courtesy of Jenny Haas Photography

 

…while dark chocolate and white icing makes a fabulous addition to a monochrome theme.

Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Image Courtesy of Al Gawlik Photography

 

Small naked cakes are a lovely accompaniment to a dessert table. Dot these around the table with other delicious creations for a mouthwatering afternoon tea.

Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Image Courtesy of Maria De Faci Photography

 

If you’re pushing the boat out, serve individual cakes. We love these miniature naked cakes, with a pretty rose for every guest. Served at each place setting, they double up as a favour.

Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Image Courtesy of @tudo_para_casamentos.jpg on Instagram

 

If you’re going boho… this couldn’t be better. The addition of fresh rosemary and lavender is dreamy, and we love the wooden crate stand which presents the cake so well.

Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Image Courtesy of Naomi Kenton Photography

 

The semi-naked cake is taking the wedding world by storm. Sitting somewhere between the naked cake and a more traditional iced cake, these tiers have just a thin layer of icing, giving them a smooth finish but still keeping the filling on show.

Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Image Courtesy of Assaf Photography

 

This design appeals to every sweet-tooth out there. The caramel drizzle down the sides of the naked cake is simply scrumptious!

Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Image Courtesy of I Could Kill for Dessert

 

Of course, the naked cake shows off the filling of the cake, so think outside the box and make yours fun. We love this design, with a sponge filled with sprinkles.

Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Image Courtesy of Love Me Do Photography

 

Who says naked can’t be glamorous? Here, we see a gold leaf base tear, with two semi-naked top tiers. Roses and orchids complete this most contemporary of cakes.

Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Image Courtesy of Cakes 2 Cupcakes

 

And finally… just because we love it. Go a little topsy-turvy with fresh flowers filling the gaps between the tiers. You’ll need a talented cake designer, and a very steady table!

Trend Alert: Naked Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Image Courtesy of Cakes 2 Cupcakes

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