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!
An unfrosted confection, dripping with a chocolate glaze and dotted with lush pink flowers and figs
A naked cake with fluffy white filling, topped with a bundle of pink-hued blooms
A classic yet rustic cake lightly frosted with white buttercream and garnished with fresh flowers and succulents
A rustic hazelnut blackberry naked cake with mascarpone cream
A chocolate seminaked cake, dusted with white frosting and a chocolate glaze
A three-tiered cake adorned with a crawling vine of burgundy and beige blooms
A chocolate naked cake with berries and fig, fit for a whimsical, woodland wedding
An unfrosted wedding cake layered with raspberry jam
A towering, three-tiered vanilla cake topped with fresh flowers and filled with a delicious buttercream
A pink ombré confection topped with petal-pink tulips
A semi-naked three-tiered wedding cake adorned with wildflower-like blooms
An unfrosted wedding cake topped with a bounty of berries
A three-tiered naked vanilla cake filled with alternating layers of rose raspberry buttercream and salted caramel filling
A naked wedding cake with a dusting of powdered sugar and dripping with jam filling
A three-tiered naked wedding cake trimmed with vines of eucalyptus
A twelve-layered vanilla cake with buttercream filling, topped with roses, greenery, and fresh strawberries
A minimalist-meets-rustic semifrosted cake, adorned with a sprig of asparagus fern
A two-tiered naked wedding cake drenched with dark chocolate and featuring a scattering of blueberries and figs
A romantic confection decorated with roses and greenery
A seminaked wedding cake dotted with white blooms and sprigs of greenery
A desert-chic wedding cake topped with a cactus plant
A seminaked rosé champagne cake with sweet cream frosting, fresh roses, and ferns
A whimsical confetti cake, decorated with jewel-toned dahlias
A romantic dessert of barely there frosting and lush blooms
A truly naked vanilla cake with fresh berries
A lightly frosted cake topped with fresh fruit and flowers
A three-tiered seminaked cake featuring layers of red velvet, chocolate, and carrot flavors and adorned with a smattering of glam gold foil
A naked cake topped with a handful of pink and red roses and peonies
A three-tiered chocolate cake garnished with fresh blackberries
A seminaked cake, topped with white flowers and lush greenery
A tiered confection of chocolate cake and vanilla buttercream drizzled with a chocolate glaze
A single-tiered wedding cake, topped with a large pink peony
A carrot cake topped with cascading fall blooms
An unfrosted chocolate mousse cake
A lightly frosted three-tiered cake topped with fall berries and flowers
A single-tier naked cake topped with fresh berries and flowers
A single-tier naked vanilla cake topped with fresh flowers and greenery
A two-tiered naked cake filled with berries and whipped cream
A rustic three-tiered naked cake with fresh greenery and berry accents