How to make a semi-naked cake

On the weekend, we celebrated my lovely mother in law's birthday and I was tasked with making the cake. I have been rather smitten with the beautiful naked and semi naked cakes that I've seen on Instagram and Pinterest, so I decided to make my own mini semi naked vanilla cake for the occasion. I topped the cake with a variety of edible flowers from my garden and it did look so very nice!
To sum up the experience, I'd say it requires half the effort for twice the glory. Honestly, I think anyone can make a semi-naked cake, as I was rather tardy with mine and that's what creates the desired rustic look.

To make your own semi naked cake, you'll need:

2 similar sized cakes (I used cake mix but you can use any cake recipe you like)
300ml cream
100g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
Edible flowers or fruits for decoration

Method:

1. Trim off tops of each cake to make level.

2. Carefully slice each cake into 2 even horizontal layers.

3. Whip the cream with sugar and vanilla until it holds its shape.

4. Place bottom layer of cake on serving plate or cake stand. Add 1-2 tablespoons of whipped cream on cake and spread with spatula. Repeat with cake layers and cream until desired height is achieved.  Don't worry if (like me) you're a bit heavy handed with the cream and it spills over the edges.

5. Using a spatula, spread excess cream all over the cream to create the semi-naked finish.
6. Top the cake with edible pesticide free flowers and/or fresh fruits. If using flowers, trim the stems and then gently stick into cake.

21 Responses to How to make a semi-naked cake

Jane said...

i love how you decorate with flowers. beautiful!

kidgranny said...

So pretty and looks effortless too! I'm sure your mother-in-law loved it :) Happy belated birthday to her!

Ananka said...

This looks delightful :-D

Rose said...

So beautifully made. Happy belated birthday to your mil!

Pamela RG said...

That looks amazing Trishie. I've never tried a naked cake before. It looks so delicious and beautifully decorated.

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

This looks fantastic you did such a great job. I think the flowers and decorations really add to it too and good to know its not too difficult to make as well :) These naked cakes are all the trend for weddings too, I've seen some beautiful ones on wedding blogs which I've been stalking for my upcoming nuptuals!

Sharon D said...

I have never seen a more gorgeous cake! You did an amazing job, Trishie. ^.^

Kiss & Make-up said...

What a beautiful cake! I'm not a fan of desserts with lots of cream, but you can't deny that it looks gorgeous.

burntfeather said...

I agree, I think the rustic makes it and plus whenever I try cakes with super neat looks, I can never pull them off!

Brandi said...

Your cake turned out great. You really did a beautiful job. I've seen this type of cake a lot on Pinterest too. I really want one for my birthday.

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MaysaAndSunshine said...

This is effortless and looks artistic too. I like how you topped it off with fresh flowers. So beautiful. Semi naked cake means less calories from frosting too, brilliant idea.

Tina Bradley said...

Oh yum! And, the addition of those lovely edible flowers on top of this cake is doubly delightful! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Your cake looks fantastic! The edible flowers are the perfect finishing touch :)

akiko hiramatsu said...

Is it cake!?
ohh! great, beautiful and so sweet!!
It is so fantastic idea♡

akiko

Larissa said...

Wow, this is really such a beautiful cute cake!
xx
Larissa

Azura Chan said...

This looks amazing! I love how you decorate the fresh flowers on it. It is irresistible cake! ☺️

Anouk said...

This is the first time that I hear / read about a semi-naked cake. It looks delicious!

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look see. by naomi fenton said...

Yum! Looks delicious, Trishie :)

Arni said...

That looks really good, Trishie.

Petra said...

wow, this looks beautiful. I'd be terrified to use flowers from our garden though. they are full of bugs...