These Minimal Naked Cakes Are Perfect

Love the “naked” wedding cake trend? So do we!

Updated 03/25/17

Photo by Merari Photography

It's no secret that naked cakes have taken over weddings. And when it comes to decorating a naked cake, our advice is to complement the minimally frosted tiers with equally pared-down embellishments. It doesn't get chicer than grouping fresh flowers and greenery for a minimal and earthy touch. Resist the urge to go overboard (skip the top-to-bottom cascades of flowers) and keep the overall look elegant, restrained, and unfussy.

Need some examples to help inspire your own frosting-free confection? These six simply decorated naked cakes are chic, sophisticated, and beautiful.

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Spring Wedding Cake

NBarrett Photography

This pretty cake design by Texas-based bakery Cakewalk Bake Shop is perfect for a springtime wedding. The fresh flowers and greenery between the bottom and middle tiers—hellebores, ivy leaves, and muscari—are charming and romantic, while the partially frosted tiers keep the overall design from becoming too formal.

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Tall Bottom Tier

D’Arcy Benicosa Photography

Add a unique twist to your naked cake by opting for an extra-tall bottom tier. The additional height feels fresh and modern while the addition of flowers and greenery (here we’ve got eucalyptus leaves, garden roses, viburnum berries, and rose hips) is a classic touch.

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Rustic Naked Cake

Matt McElligott Photography

To give your wedding dessert a more homey and rustic feel, display the confection on a slice of wood. For decorations, ask your florist to add fresh blooms like peonies, majolica spray roses, and garden roses to the top tiers as well as one side.

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Neutral Tones

Taralynn Lawton Photography

This clean and minimal wedding cake design by Los Angeles-based bakery Whisk & Whittle features three barely-frosted tiers and a single cluster of hellebores and cream- and taupe-colored garden roses.

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Garden Roses and Olive Branches

Courtesy of Jemma Keech

For an even more pared-down look, skip the frosting on the sides altogether and opt for plain cake tiers with buttercream sandwiched between the layers. Complement a minimalist cake like this one by The Cake and I with a couple of cream-colored garden roses (this variety is named “Patience”) and just a few sprigs of olive.

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Fresh Greenery

Rachel Marie Photography

In our opinion, when done well, a partially frosted cake looks visually appealing all on its own—you really don’t need very much in terms of additional embellishments. Case in point: this cake by Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe, which features two half-frosted tiers and a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary and olive leaves.

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