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!