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 tiers and leaving layers exposed for a fresh (and delicious) look that many are calling semi-naked.
Naked cakes rose to popularity in 2013, and as more bakers began to offer these creative confections, but 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 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.
And though you don't get the extra frosting that comes along with a classic wedding cake, there are some pluses 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.
This unfrosted cake is dripping with a chocolate glaze and dotted with lush pink flowers and figs. It's perfect for the bride who wants something completely out of the ordinary.
Sweet and Light Summer Cake
This naked cake with fluffy white filling is topped with a bundle of pink-hued blooms and rosy-red strawberries, and it's a gorgeous option for a low-key outdoor wedding.
Rustic (Almost) All-White Cake
This classic-yet-rustic cake comes lightly frosted with white buttercream and garnished with fresh flowers and succulents. Simply place it on a wooden server, as it's shown here, and it's picture perfect.
Indulgent Berry Cake
This cake looks ready for an upscale backyard barbecue, so it's perfect for the bride who wants to stray from tradition. The rustic hazelnut cake is filled with mascarpone cream and blackberries throughout the layers and piled on top.
Barely Nude Cake
With almost-glazed sides, dripping chocolate, and all the adornments, this cake is hardly nude. It still gives you the feel of the naked cake trend, just with a chocolate drizzle, lots of flowers, and a cake topper.
Cascading Flower Cake
Who says your centerpiece-worthy cake can't be naked? This three-tier beauty is sure to steal the show with a crawling vine of burgundy and beige blooms.
Naked Chocolate Cake
A naked chocolate cake fit with berries and fig is perfect for a whimsical, woodland wedding.
Strawberry Jam Cake
This unfrosted wedding cake is looking extra natural thanks to raspberry jam layers and perfectly place flowers.
Towering Naked Cake
This three-tier vanilla cake with fresh flowers and delicious buttercream is a showstopper that's ready to be put on full display at a preppy, nautical wedding.
Super Sweet Ombré Cake
This pink ombré confection is a subtle way to use the trend, and it has a more classic feel thanks to petal-pink tulips that are bunched on top.
Island-Ready Naked Cake
This semi-naked three-tier wedding cake is adorned with wildflower-like blooms that make it look ready for an island destination wedding.
Berries on Berries
This unfrosted wedding cake is topped with a bounty of berries. It could be dressed up with a fancy cake plate for a more formal affair, but it could totally fit in a backyard soiree, as well.
Naked with Piping
The thin rows of piped frosting dress this naked cake up a bit. It's gorgeous on the outside, but inside, this vanilla cake has alternating layers of rose-raspberry buttercream and salted caramel filling.
Super Rustic Naked Cake
A dusting of powdered sugar, fall flowers and pinecones, and edges that are dripping with jam filling make this cake perfect for a country celebration.
Natural Naked Cake
This three-tier naked wedding cake trimmed with thin vines of eucalyptus is simple and elegant.
Summertime Strawberry Cake
This three-tier, 12-layer vanilla cake with buttercream filling, is topped with roses, greenery, and fresh strawberries that scream summer.
Ultra-Minimal Naked Cake
Naked cakes already give of a minimalist vibe, so keep that theme with simply adorning it with a fern. There's no need to over-decorate your wedding cake, the delicious flavors will speak for themselves.
Dripping Chocolate Cake
Drenched in dark chocolate and scattered with blueberries and figs all over, this two-tier wedding cake doesn't even feel naked. But it sure will be delicious.
Flower-Covered Naked Cake
You can barely tell this naked cake is in the buff because of a gorgeous, big bouquet of roses and greenery on the side. Ditching the frosting that would normally be along the edges helps the flowers really shine here, giving off a super romantic feel.
Short Naked Cake
This semi-naked wedding cake is dotted with white blooms and sprigs of greenery, giving it a natural feel all over.
Desert Naked Cake
If you're getting married in the desert, ditch the flowers and go naked. Go almost completely bare on the sides and then top your cake with a cactus for a chic ode to your location.
White Rose Naked Cake
This white-all-over naked cake is gorgeous with fresh roses and hints of fern.
The Ultimate Party Cake
If you want to bring the fun to your wedding bash, make sure your cake is rainbow. The confetti is on full display with this naked cake, and the adorning jewel-toned dahlias make it even more fun.
Sweet Peach Naked Cake
This peach-colored cake is a romantic dessert made of barely there frosting and lush blooms.
Very Naked Cake
This naked cake isn't holding back. With no frosting in sight, this vanilla cake leaves the fresh berries to fully come forward and provide a delicious, naturally sweet dessert.
Still-Life Wedding Cake
This wedding cake looks like it could be a still-life painting in some of the world's best art galleries. But the lightly frosted cake topped with fresh fruit and flowers could be a table centerpiece on your wedding day.
Natural Gold Foil Naked Cake
This three-tier semi-naked cake has glam gold foil on the side, but super natural layers and sparse greenery adorning the sides makes it feel laid-back.
Naked on Bottom
A huge bouquet piled up tall makes this naked cake feel anything but bare.
Chocolate and Berry Delight
Chocolate and berries go hand in hand. The two flavors together are already so rich, that you can leave the sides bare and still have an incredible, flavorful cake.
Overgrown Garden Cake
This naked cake is topped with sprawling white flowers and lush greenery, making it a true stunner.
All Chocolate Naked Cake
There's no need for any extra decor here. This tiered confection of chocolate cake and vanilla buttercream comes drizzled with all the chocolate glaze you need to make your guests drool.
Fresh Crisp Naked Cake
Sometimes a simple, large pink peony is all you need to dress up a naked cake for your backyard wedding.
Naked Carrot Cake
If you're having an autumn wedding, go all in. Carrot cake cascading fall blooms makes a gorgeous (and delicious) addition.
Chocolate Mouse Naked Cake
This cake may be naked on the outside, but you can tell that each layer is stuffed with tons of chocolate mousse and rich chocolate cake.
Muted Fall Naked Cake
Just because you chose a fall wedding, it doesn't mean you have to go super dark with your decor. This lightly frosted three-tier cake has fall berries and flowers, without leaning on typical fall themed colors.
Vanilla and Chocolate Naked Cake
Who says you can't have it all? This single-tier naked cake is showing off that the happy couple decided to go all in on their cake.
Dotted-Edge Naked Cake
With piped white dots of frosting peeking out between layers, this naked cake looks good enough to eat (and eat, and eat).
Refreshing Berry Dessert
This super tall cake is massive, but still looks light and refreshing thanks to bright berries and whipped cream.
Thick-Layer Naked Cake
With thick layers of frosting and cake piled high into three-tiers, this naked cake is gorgeous as is. Add the rustic greenery and berry accents, and guests won't be able to look away.