A few years ago when everyone was doing vintage and shabby-chic inspired weddings, I thought the naked cake was just a fad. But they are here to stay! We get endless queries for them, so I thought i'd get on the blog for the first time this year *red cheeks* and get started back on our updates. If you're thinking of ordering a naked wedding cake then you've come to the right place, but whether you order from us or someone else, please do read the information below!
OK so anyone can make a tiered naked cake for a wedding right? WRONG! They may look simple but they are deceptively irksome. They are much less stable than their iced counterparts, so very careful assembly is required to not only keep them upright, but keep them straight! Rustic wedding cakes are meant to be simple, but shouldn't be so laid back that they are all wonky or have bulges at the sides.
Honestly, I've lost count of the amount of times venues have told me that they've walked into the reception room and found the naked cake collapsed on the floor. That never happens when we make your cake however!
Other considerations are that the naked wedding cakes dry out quickly, whereas an iced cake will keep for a week. It's paramount that the sponges are freshly baked and managed carefully to ensure that you still get a moist, fluffy sponge. The filling ingredients are key here too. My absolute pet hate is margarine being used for buttercream, it's utterly vile. We use the best quality unsalted butter, no supermarket brands here! Not that I have any issue with supermarket brands, it's just that when it comes to butter it really has to be the best quality. Which in this case, invariably means the most expensive.
When it comes to the decor of naked wedding cakes, they are surprisingly versatile, and lend themselves to trends and can even have a element of glamour. One of our favourite ways to make the naked cakes is to have an iced base, which allows for some added style! In the above cake, we went for a modern shimmering copper base, mixed into the buttercream for an ombre watercolour effect, and then decorated with fresh herbs. Simple, contemporary, beautiful.
In the above cake we painted dusky lavenders and peaches onto the icing in a watercolour effect, which matched in beautifully with the flowers. The quality of flowers on your wedding cake are really very important! They should be attached by an experienced florist who will understand never to put any toxic flowers near food, and that the stems of the flowers and leaves should be taped up and inserted into a pick so that the cake will never be contaminated by sap.
On that note, I stood and watched Sophie from Oor Fleurs spend TWO HOURS wiring each individual stem and arrange them on this cake. I kid you not, the girl has serious dedication to her cause!
We get so many requests for vegan wedding cakes and dairy free wedding cakes, we usually do recommend the semi-naked cakes for these options. We've spent actual months perfecting our recipes so they taste just as good as the non-vegan and gluten recipes. A big bonus for the naked cakes is that they are a lot more cost-effective than iced cakes too.
Please do not hesitate to give us a shout if we can help with any of your queries, we love chatting cake!
Edwina & Chris