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
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.
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.
Garden Roses and Olive Branches
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.
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.