Hot Wedding Trend: Naked Wedding Cakes

Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe once said, “Less is more,” and the motto stuck – in fashion, life, architecture, and yes, even wedding trends. Today, couples are opting for a pared down cake that fits the classic mold: The Naked Wedding Cake.

Like traditional wedding cakes, these stripped down wedding cake styles sandwich creamy buttercream frosting or tasty ganache between tiers of fresh layer cake. Absent of layers of fondant or buttercream, this delicious wedding trend boasts a rustic vibe of fresh, exposed cake layers; and put the focus on the cake’s texture, colors and flavor.

Good to Know

  • While it is true that naked wedding cakes dry out faster than traditional ones, they take less time to make. Just be certain your baker doesn’t create your naked confection more than 24 hours before your wedding reception.
  • Naked cakes should have an organic feel. Avoid ornate sugar and gum paste flowers, opting instead for natural elements like fresh flowers, fruit, or a garnish that’s used in the flavor of the cake.
  • Naked cakes have nowhere to hide. It’s imperative that the overall ingredients used in the cake are cohesive with the natural look you’re going for. Choose a cake of vanilla, chocolate or carrot. This is no time for red velvet.
  • To achieve a gorgeous organic look with clean lines, request your baker trim off the edge of your cake layers

Whether you’re going for a tiered naked chocolate cake topped with fresh fruits, a tiered naked vanilla cake with fresh flowers, or tiers of vanilla and chocolate cake, with flavorful ganache between each layer, your guests will marvel at the sweet lightness of each bite.