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Naked cakes are all the rage right now. A naked cake means that it does not have a final layer of frosting on the cake. It is a beautiful rustic way to showcase the layers of cake. There are so many different ways to actually make a naked cake. It’s really hard to do it wrong when you keep it simple and this tutorial will show you how.
For this cake, I used my easy swiss meringue buttercream paired with lemon curd and layers of strawberry and vanilla cake. The final product was topped with fresh flowers and meringue cookies yet it was simple and beautiful without those touches too.
Here’s what you will need to make your naked cake:
- several layers of cake (I used 4 for this but shoot for at least 3.)
- frosting at least 5 cups
- Optional: filling (I used store-bought lemon curd but ganache or any kind of jam could work)
- piping bag or large plastic storage bag
- Offset Spatula
- Cake Board
- Lazy Suzan or rotating cake stand
To begin spread about a tablespoon of icing on your cake board to adhere the cake to the board. Place the bottom layer of cake on the cake board and press lightly to make sure it sticks. Next spread a thin layer of frosting on this bottom layer with an offset spatula.
Now it’s time for the pretty part. Fill the piping bag or large plastic bag with your frosting and snip the end. The opening should be a little less than 1/2″ for nice big dollops. Pipe little dollops of frosting all around the edge of the cake. To do this, hold the bag perpendicular to the surface about 1/8″ away, squeeze until you get the size you want, release pressure and pull away. The top of the dollop does not have to be perfect the next layer with be placed on top and cover it. Then spread a thin layer of lemon curd inside the ring of dollops. (If you don’t like this look, you can pipe just a rope around the edge and fill the middle of it. Or use a decorative star tip to give the mounds a star shape.)
Place your next layer of cake carefully on top of the base layer and then repeat with a thin layer of frosting, piping the dollops and filling it. Continue with the next layer of cake the same way until all of your layers are added. When you get to the top just finish with a thin layer of frosting and add any decorations or leave it as is.
This is just too easy not to give it a try. Now go get your naked cake on!
For the final touch, I added fresh flowers and meringue cookies to mine. You can find the tutorial for using fresh flowers on a cake here.