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Loved by both couples and guests, frosting-free wedding cakes are becoming a real trend at weddings – from delicious chocolatey layers to floral decorations, we’ve put together our top 10 naked wedding cakes for you to enjoy.

And we asked Claire Bush from Sweet Sugar Sixpence to tell us more about the increasing popularity of naked cakes at weddings…

“Naked and Semi-Naked cakes have been growing in popularity over the last few years. Largely, because the overall wedding trends have been vintage and rustic.”

Chocolate cake – cake, image and source: Andy Bowdy Pastry

“They can also be a budget-friendly option“, she explains “although I would be wary of anyone selling a naked cake very cheaply – there is still a lot of work that goes into them.”

“A cake decorated with fresh fruit berries or chocolate is very appetising and I think this appeals to couples, especially those choosing to serve their cake as dessert.”

Semi-Naked Wedding Cake. Source: Delightfully Dainty Cakes

“As far as trends go, we are now moving away from the messy icing, piled up look and couples, whilst still choosing a semi-naked look but with a much neater finish, some colour in the buttercream and with elements like flowers, geometric shapes and gold leaf.”

Cake photographed by Mi Belle Photography. Source The Knot
Rainbow Naked Wedding Cake – Cake by Haute So Sweet. Image by Brklyn View Photography. Source: Mon Cheri Bridals

Any theme naked wedding cakes

“We are looking at couples not concerning themselves with ‘fashion’ and choosing a theme that is true to them – I’m very excited for this variety and want to spread the word that a naked cake can fit any theme – you just have to get creative!”

Cascading Naked Cake. Source by Cakes 2 Cupcakes

“In terms of versatility, the list is endless! Obviously, the flavour of the cake is an option – this can have an impact on the overall look of the cake, a light victoria sponge looks great with icing sugar, strawberries and pretty blooms whilst a rich dark chocolate cake looks spectacular adorned with more chocolate, nuts and metallic elements.”

Naked Raspberry Mouse & Baked Cheesecake by Andy Bowdy Pastry
Autumnal Chocolate Naked Wedding Cakes by Sweet-Sugar-Sixpence
Autumnal Chocolate Naked Wedding Cake by Sweet Sugar Sixpence

“I like to mix and match tiers too, so you could choose to have just one or two tiers naked/semi-naked and the others fully covered in a textured buttercream or fondant.”

Pink tiered cakes by Jennifer Riley

“Personalised cake toppers, handmade or fresh flowers and quirky elements like birds and even doughnuts all add variety and personality to the cake.”

Cacti naked cupcake, Jennifer Riley
Macaroon and Pearls, by Anges de Sucre

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