Now they aren’t as saucy as they sound, naked wedding cakes are simply the whole cake and nothing but the cake. That’s to say that they don’t have any of the fondant icing or traditional wedding decor that you would normally find on a wedding cake. With their rise in popularity being attributed to the ever growing trend for rustic themed weddings that make a virtue of simplicity, it would seem that the naked cake is here to stay. In a way, it makes a lot of sense. I’ve heard lots of people say that they aren’t big fans of fruit cake but I don’t think I recall ever hearing a single person say that they can’t bear Victoria or Chocolate sponge.
Here’s the top five variations on the theme…
- The Traditional Naked Cake – If there can be such a thing as it is still quite a new wedding concept, a traditional naked cake is layer upon layer of Victoria Sponge filled with cream, buttercream or vanilla frosting and decorated with fresh flowers, fresh fruit (usually strawberries) and icing sugar. It is an impressive statement cake and can be easily adjusted in height to suit any wedding party size.
- The Chocolate Naked Cake – Chocolate sponge is substituted for the Victoria Sponge and then the fillings might remain vanilla, fresh cream or be swapped for fruit flavoured or even chocolate frosting.
- The Mix & Match Naked Cake – All bets are off as vanilla and chocolate sponge are mixed with any type of frosting or filling you can think of from double chocolate to passion fruit. A glorious mix of flavours, bound to be something for everyone in the wedding party.
- The Tiered Naked Cake – Most naked cakes simply stack layers and layers of sponge and frosting on top of each other in graduated layers rather than relying on actual cake boards, columns and tiers. But some do. A great compromise if you love the idea of a naked cake but would like to make a nod to the traditional. I think it might also be a great way of having a cake made by a friend or family member who would likely be able to manage the weight distribution issues better using boards and columns.
- The No Cake Naked Cake – OK, this is a bit of a curve ball but why use sponge at all if you’re not that big a fan? I’ve seen some wonderful examples of towers or icing sugar dusted meringues, or even rounds of cheese. Naked and cake formed so I definitely think they qualify.