I adore naked cakes. I love the simplicity and elegance it offers and each and everyone has its own character, they’re perfectly imperfect. My sister and cousin gifted a naked cake to Kyle and I as our wedding cake and I absolutely loved it (see more wedding photos here). I’ve been meaning to recreate one as a side project, but the truth is, I’m no baker. I can’t seem to follow baking instructions correctly and much of my baking attempts typically turn into a disaster.
It was the perfect timing when Therese from ARTIESE Fine Art Photography approached me to collaborate on a creative shoot with her. I thought I’d take this opportunity to help those of you who suffer from the same baking issue as me. Don’t fret, I’ve got just the perfect DIY for you, to transform a store bought iced cake, into a beautiful, personalized, naked cake.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, keep reading to see how you can create your own DIY Naked Cake!
- Grocery store-bought white icing cake – I bought a strawberry shortcake and removed the strawberries on top
- Assorted macarons
- Assorted fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries (fresh cakes would be great too!)
- Assorted Valentine’s themed candies (optional)
- Fresh flowers
- Strip away items from the store bought cake. Mine originally had strawberries and other filling on top.
- Smooth out icing with a knife or spatula
- Transfer to cake stand or plate
- Decorate with your favourite fruits, macarons, fresh flowers, and themed candies
Have fun with this and exercise your creative skills! I paired my naked cake with shades of red and pink which I think is just perfect for Valentine’s Day. Try your hand at using different colour schemes for different holidays and celebrations (pastels and chocolate easter eggs for Easter?!).
I also prefer to cut the bigger fruits in half and display the inner cavity. I tried to source fresh figs as I thought they would be lovely as an addition to this cake, but I guess they’re not in season at the moment!
Having created a beautiful cake also gives an excuse to host a beautiful tea party. Therese and I spent an afternoon sipping on Sloane Tea, munching on cake, fruits and macarons, and gazing at beautiful florals from DeLight Floral + Design.
A special thanks to ARTIESE Fine Art Photography for inviting me to work together and allowing me to exercise my creative muscles. Can’t wait to show you all our next project! Enjoy!