Naked {Un-iced} Cakes

Let’s get naked, people. If you’ve been following my inspiration boards you will already know that I have a style crush on the biggest trend to hit wedding cakes since pies and donuts, and if you follow any other international blogs you probably will have seen a good few of these already, but I thought it was high time we had some naked cake roundup goodness here on SouthBound Bride. So what is a naked cake? In short, it’s a sponge cake that remains un-iced. It might have icing in between layers (although cream cheese frosting, cream and fruit are also common) and it might be beautifully dusted with icing sugar or dribbled with caramel, but the sides are generally left au naturel. And unlike Britney getting in a cab without her undercrackers, it’s a beautiful sight to behold, especially if you’re having a rustic wedding. Decorate with fruit, flowers or both, and stick to a series of smaller cakes or follow the traditional tiered round or square cake. You can go for a classic deconstructed Victoria sponge, or have different layers in different flavours and colours, which also looks pretty amazing! Of course, not everyone is a fan – some cake pros I know feel it looks unfinished and worry about the cake drying out – and, of course, there’s no hiding any cake mishaps under fondant here. Despite this, I think we’ll be seeing lots of these in the upcoming season.

**UPDATE** See our latest roundup of naked cakes (especially for autumn weddings!) here

{Image sources} Row 1: 1- Julia Newman via The Knot; 2- Katherine O’Brien Photography/Stardust Bakery via Green Wedding Shoes; Row 2: 1- Kelly Neil via One Fab Day; 2- Mariano Friginal; Row 3: 1- Tracie Howe Photography via Borrowed and Bleu; 2- Braedon Flynn/The Breakfast Club via Ruffled; 3- Rosie Parsons via Preston Bailey; Row 4: 1- Brides Magazine/MomofukuMilkBar via Stefan Sisters; 2- Momofuku Milk Bar/BHLDN via Green Wedding Shoes; Row 5: 1- The Parsons/Classic Cakes via Green Wedding Shoes; 2- Ed Peers/Dottya About via 100 Layer Cake; 3- Yuma Couture Cakes; Row 6: 1- Alea Lovely Photography/Classic Cakes via Bridal Musings; 2- Lisa Devlin/The Needlemakers via Ruffled.

So, what do you think? Will you be going naked for your wedding?