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36 Naked Wedding Cakes We Love

PHOTO BY RYAN RAY PHOTOGRAPHY; CAKE BY LELE PATISSERIE

The old saying, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts,” certainly applies to the naked wedding cake trend. No, you don’t have to blush at the sound of this dessert—this is one aspect of your wedding day where it’s totally acceptable to be in the buff. Instead of frosting the outside of the cake with layer upon layer of fondant or buttercream, many bakers are increasing the filling between layers and leaving cakes completely or semi-exposed for a fresh (and delicious) look.

What Is a Naked Cake?

The naked cake is a cake style that omits the majority of frosting you would typically see on the exterior of a cake. Cake layers are baked and stacked with plenty of filling to add flavor and moisture to the cake and served without an outer layer of frosting.

Naked cakes rose to popularity in 2013 as more bakers began to offer these creative confections. But this style has been refined and completely elevated over time to present a look that is definitely deserving of a place on your wedding dessert table.

“Most of our clients choose a naked or semi-naked design simply because they love the look and it fits the rustic or sometimes industrial theme of their venue and wedding reception,” says Ashley Lattier of Ashley Cakes. A semi-naked cake follows the same style, with a bit more frosting on the cake. For this style, the baker typically adds a very thin layer of frosting to the cake, scraping the edges to let the cake layers show through.

Meet the Expert

Ashley Lattier is the owner of Ashley Cakes, a boutique wedding cake studio based in North Carolina.

With just as many ways to customize naked wedding cakes as their fully frosted counterparts, you’ll be able to work with your baker to achieve a look that reflects your wedding style, whether you’re planning a rustic barn wedding, a garden-inspired dinner, or a modern soirée.

But matching your wedding style isn’t the only benefit to this cake design. According to Lattier, it may also be the perfect option for those who aren’t huge fans of sweets or the couple looking to cut down on overall cake costs. “We have had clients go with this style because they may not have a big sweet tooth, and obviously with this style of cake, there is less icing,” says Lattier. “Pricing is another benefit to this style in a lot of cases. Without having to ice the cake to a smooth finish, your baker will have less time involved in the decoration, which may save some cost.”

One con to keep in mind when it comes to naked wedding cakes is the potential for the cake layers to dry out before serving. While it doesn’t happen often, it’s best to double-check with your baker if they can bake and assemble your cake the day of your wedding to prevent any potential for drying.

Ready for some major naked cake inspiration? Here are 36 of our favorites.

You don't need fondant or buttercream to make a statement with your wedding cake. No matter your wedding style, check out these naked wedding cakes for inspo.

Purple, Lilac & Lavender Wedding Cakes

Purples, lilac and lavenders – with lace or ruffles, with pinks or foliage – make for the quintessential summer wedding cake. With lots of different hues and design pairings, we have a super summer inspired selection for you this week.

Gumpaste lilac blossoms and mixed flowers by Rachelle’s Cakes left, mixed lilac and pink blooms by The Rolling Pin right Lavender and lace wedding cake by Leslea Matsis Cakes Lilac and lavender cakes with gold drop string piping by Rachelle’s Bespoke Cakes Lilac ruffles and gold leaf wedding cake with gold leaf flecked blossoms by Jenna Rae Cakes Lilac ombre roses wedding cakes by Cakeage Cake Craft left, Megan Joy Cakes right Purple and pink foral wedding cakes by Cakesalouisa left, Leslea Matsis Cakes right Antique silver and lilac roses wedding cakes by Sugar Couture Cupcakes and Cakes left, Amelie’s Kitchen right Violet buttercream simplicity from My Lovely Food blog left, with a magical fairytale lavender cake by Scrumdiddly right Summer garden wedding cake in purple and lavender by Maggie Austin Cake left, Rosebud Cakes right Purple swirl floral cupcakes by The Hazelnut Bakery Purple, lilac and lavender wedding cakes with a hint of greenery from Scrumdiddly (left) and Lina Veber Cake (right) Deep purple floral wedding cake by the Rooney Girl Bakeshop left, and a deeply dark and dramatic wedding cake right (via Pinterest, uncredited) Lavender garden style wedding cake by Happy Hills Cake Design left, violet mini cakes by Zoe Clark Cakes right Lilac perfection cupcakes by Catherine Beddall Edible Art Lilac blossom wedding cake with bas relief decor by Cakes by Krishanthi Lilac and pink ombre floral wedding cake by Faye Cahill Cake Design left, lilac and lace trim wedding cake with open peonies by Yummy Cupcakes and Cakes right Lilac and applieque lace wedding cakes by Cake Ink left, Amelie’s Kitchen right Lilac and lavender cascading floral wedding cake with rose leaves and butterflies surrounding a personalised monogram by Scrumdiddly Purple ombre wedding cake left and latte wedding cake with lilac blooms and greenery by The Designer Cake Company Purple floral wedding cake with bas relief decoration by Cakes by Krishanthi Purple and lavender ombre cakes by The Couture Cakery, Leslie Gilbert Photography left, Katrien’s Cakes right Lavender watercolor cake by Sugar Ruffles via Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine, Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography Lace wedding cake with purple and lavender flowers by The Frostery

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Purples, lilac and lavenders – with lace or ruffles, with pinks or foliage – make for the quintessential summer wedding cake. With lots of different hues and design pairings, we have a super summer inspired selection for you this week.