The cake can definitely reflect your party or wedding theme whether it's classic, romantic or modern, but this frosting-free look seems perfect when trying to incorporate vintage and rustic elements into your decor. This one (left) is one of my favorites that I found while browsing through the many examples out there. I love the simplicity of it, the uneven layers and frosting oozing out the sides. From what I've learned about these cakes, it's important to make sure you (or your baker) know what you're doing to preserve the look (and taste) of your cake throughout an event.
Go Au Natural--keep your flavors simple like carrot or vanilla instead of dyed cakes like red velvet (although this chocolate cake above looks really beautiful).
Don't Stack Too Soon--naked cakes are more exposed than the classic fondant or buttercream frosted cakes so they dry out much faster. 24 hours seems to be the maximum amount of time to allow for your cake to be stacked before serving.
Organic Garnishments--Naked cakes have a natural and organic feel, so picking natural elements such as berries or seasonal fruits, succulents or herbs instead of big romantic flowers seem to be best way to give your cake the most impact.
Now, I love frosting, but you can have too much of a good thing, so the one thing I would love to see accompany this trend is some kind of "drizzle" or sauce that compliments the cake flavor(s) such as caramel, chocolate or a preserve. This can simply be added on top or underneath each slice as they are plated. Any chance of dryness could be eliminated and would just add more complexity to your cake.
Either way, I love the trend and I'm going to push to have a naked cake at my friend's upcoming baby shower. The question now becomes do I pay or do it the DIY way. My husband and kids may be eating a lot of cake in the near future.
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