I dare you to go naked! On your birthday or even your wedding day! Oh no no, not you… but your cake! Naked cakes rose to fame back in 2013 but judging from all the hype it’s still gaining in Pinterest and Instagram, I don’t think the trend will go away anytime soon.
One might assume that it takes fewer skills to bake a naked cake compared to its fondants and frosted sisters. The truth is preparing naked cakes takes a lot of skills and patience. First of all, you can’t hide any flaws, badly cut cakes, messy fillings with cement loads of frosting or fondant. Secondly, it has to not only look rustic, raw and beautiful, it has to taste absolutely divine too!
Talking about divine tasting, what is adorned on the naked cake is important too. Naked cakes have an unpretentious and honest quality to it and it looks great with toppings that are more natural like fresh flowers, berries, nuts, chocolate, crumbs, fresh and seasonal fruits. Meanwhile, the flavours of the sponge cake are best kept natural just like the toppings – butter, vanilla, carrot, lemon, orange and any natural flavours works best. Like the saying goes, it’s what on the inside that counts!
Nonetheless, if you are going to order your all exposed naked cake for that special occasion, just keep in mind a few simple things. You need to be aware of the environment where the cake is displayed. Not too sunny or hot or it will melt away faster than you can say “Olaf” – as much as I want to see a naked cake at an outdoor party (my dream party), the Malaysian weather doesn’t permit that especially with the crazy heat wave that we have been experiencing lately *sweats*… unless maybe having your garden party in somewhere cold like Janda Baik? And lastly, remember to serve it not more than 24 hours after it has been stacked!
Are you ready for some beautiful inspirations? Here are 19 stunning naked cakes you want to say YES to.
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