Go Bare: 39 Naked Wedding Cakes

Proof you don't need fondant or buttercream to make a statement with your big-day confection

Updated 07/22/17

 Photo by Ryan Ray Photography

The old saying, "It's what's on the inside that counts," certainly applies to this tried-and-true wedding cake trend: the naked cake. No, you don't have to blush at the sound of this dessert—we promise, 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 tiers and leaving layers exposed for a fresh (and delicious!) look.

When naked cakes rose to popularity in 2013, some brides weren't into the unfinished look. But as more bakers began to offer these creative confections, the style has been refined and completely elevated to a look that is definitely deserving of a place on your wedding dessert table.

Whether you're just not a fan of sweet frosting or love the rustic vibe of these bare desserts, a naked cake is a great option that allows you to have a more unique cake that still fits the "classic" mold. And with just as many ways to customize these cakes as their fully frosted counterparts, you'll be able to work with your baker to achieve a custom look that reflects your wedding's style.

And though you don't get the extra frosting that comes along with a classic wedding cake, there is a plus to going nude: Since these desserts don't have a barrier of buttercream and fondant, they tend to dry out faster. This means your baker will ensure it is freshly baked on the day of your wedding. And since they don't require as much prep time, they can be assembled with much less time to spare.

Ready for some major naked cake inspiration? Here are 39 of our favorites!

Photo by With Love by Georgie

An unfrosted confection, dripping with a chocolate glaze and dotted with lush pink flowers and figs

Photo by Suzuran Photography; Cake by McPherson Events and Design

A naked cake with fluffy white filling, topped with a bundle of pink-hued blooms

Photo by Corinna & Dylan; Cake by Sweet Bones

A classic yet rustic cake lightly frosted with white buttercream and garnished with fresh flowers and succulents

Photo by Gabriel Cabrera Photography & Styling; Cake by Artful Desperado; Recipe Available Here

A rustic hazelnut blackberry naked cake with mascarpone cream

Photo by Olguin Photography

A chocolate seminaked cake, dusted with white frosting and a chocolate glaze

Photo by Ashley Cook Photography

A three-tiered cake adorned with a crawling vine of burgundy and beige blooms

Photo by Artemis Photography; Cake by Love Bash Design

A chocolate naked cake with berries and fig, fit for a whimsical, woodland wedding

Photo by Leo Patrone Photography; Cake by Maribelle Cakery

An unfrosted wedding cake layered with raspberry jam

Photo by Julia Elizabeth Photography; Cake by Front Street Bakery

A towering, three-tiered vanilla cake topped with fresh flowers and filled with a delicious buttercream

Photo by La Vie Photography; Cake by Jackson Hole Cake Company

A pink ombré confection topped with petal-pink tulips

Photo by Brandon Lata Photography; Cake by Buttercream Bakehouse

A semi-naked three-tiered wedding cake adorned with wildflower-like blooms

Wedding cake with fruit

Photo by Emilie White

An unfrosted wedding cake topped with a bounty of berries

Photo by Abby Jiu Photography; Cake by Sweet Hearts Patisserie

A three-tiered naked vanilla cake filled with alternating layers of rose raspberry buttercream and salted caramel filling

Photo by Sara and Rocky; Cakewalk Bake Shop

A naked wedding cake with a dusting of powdered sugar and dripping with jam filling

Photo by Katy Gray

A three-tiered naked wedding cake trimmed with vines of eucalyptus

Photo by Chris Isham Photography

A twelve-layered vanilla cake with buttercream filling, topped with roses, greenery, and fresh strawberries

Photo by Hights Photography

A minimalist-meets-rustic semifrosted cake, adorned with a sprig of asparagus fern

Dark Chocolate Drip Wedding Cake with Blueberries

Photo by Lisa Poggi; Cake by Roxane Floquet

A two-tiered naked wedding cake drenched with dark chocolate and featuring a scattering of blueberries and figs

Two-Tiered Naked Wedding Cake with Flowers

Photo by Kate Olson Photo; Cake by Ava Bakes Cakes

A romantic confection decorated with roses and greenery

Three-Tiered Naked Wedding Cake with White Flowers

Photo by Veronica Lola Photography; Cake by Seed to Sprout

A seminaked wedding cake dotted with white blooms and sprigs of greenery

Photo by Ashley Rae Photography

A desert-chic wedding cake topped with a cactus plant

Photo by Merari Photography; Cake by Cloud 9 Bakery & Café

A seminaked rosé champagne cake with sweet cream frosting, fresh roses, and ferns

Photo by Caroline Petters of Katie Osgood Photography; Cake by Momofuku Milk Bar

A whimsical confetti cake, decorated with jewel-toned dahlias

Photo by Rachael Osborn Photography; Cake by Frosted Pumpkin

A romantic dessert of barely there frosting and lush blooms

Photo by Kallima Photography; Cake by Little Island Design

A truly naked vanilla cake with fresh berries

Wedding Cake

Photo by Jordan Voth; Cake by Kim Donker

A lightly frosted cake topped with fresh fruit and flowers

Nearly-Naked Chocolate Cake with Gold Foil

Photo by Chaz Cruz; Cake by Lucky Bird Bakery

A three-tiered seminaked cake featuring layers of red velvet, chocolate, and carrot flavors and adorned with a smattering of glam gold foil

Photo by Eliza & Elizabeth; Cake by S'more Sweets.

A naked cake topped with a handful of pink and red roses and peonies

Photo by Gert Huygaerts; Cake by Sugarlips Cakes

A three-tiered chocolate cake garnished with fresh blackberries

Photo by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography; Cake by Earth and Sugar.

A seminaked cake, topped with white flowers and lush greenery

Photo by Aaron & Whitney Photography

A tiered confection of chocolate cake and vanilla buttercream drizzled with a chocolate glaze

Photo by Whitney Furst Photography

A single-tiered wedding cake, topped with a large pink peony

Photo by Chad Hansen for First Mate Photography Co.; Cake by Mayflour Confections

A carrot cake topped with cascading fall blooms

Photo by Byron Loves Fawn; Cake by Seaweed Cuisine

An unfrosted chocolate mousse cake

Photo by Crystal Stokes Photography; Cake by Sky's the Limit! Custom Cakes & More

A lightly frosted three-tiered cake topped with fall berries and flowers

Photo by Flora + Fauna; Cake by Sweet N' Flour

A single-tier naked cake topped with fresh berries and flowers

Photo by Daniel Cruz Photography; Cake by Naked Cakes by Terry and Brier Rose Design

A single-tier naked vanilla cake topped with fresh flowers and greenery

Photo by Feather and Twine Photography; Cake by Sugar Bee Sweets

A two-tiered naked cake filled with berries and whipped cream

Photo by Becca Borge Photography; Cake by Delliquez Custom Cakes N' Catering

A rustic three-tiered naked cake with fresh greenery and berry accents

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