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Naked Wedding Cakes Bare It All For the Summer

Jul 9 2014 - 9:07am

Gone are the days when hot Summer weather makes icing drip down your wedding [1] cake! Naked cakes — the trendy cakes that are mostly unfrosted — are great for warmer outdoor weddings and add a simple, elegant style to any sweet spread. By layering the cake and using a minimal amount of frosting, mainly to stick layers together or add a decorative touch, these wedding desserts offer a light sweetness in each bite. If you think that less icing means your cake will lack flair, then add fruity or flowery touches to accent the frosting and flavor. Check out these naked cakes below for inspiration!

Photo by Jeff Loves Jessica [2] via Style Me Pretty [3]

Chocolate Floral Cake

Make layers stand out by opting for a darker cake base like chocolate and pairing it with a lighter frosting or mousse.

Photo by Byron Loves Fawn [4] via Style Me Pretty [5]

Caramel Drip Dessert

Instead of vanilla- or chocolate-flavored topping, bring a new flavor to the mix and drizzle caramel over those bare layers.

Photo by Jose Villa Photography [6] via Style Me Pretty [7]

Frosted Sectional Cake

This cake is a perfect combination of frosted and unfrosted, giving guests options and adding a unique, textured look.

Photo by Gianny Campos Photography [8] via Style Me Pretty [9]

Light Frosting Cake

If you don't want to fully undress your wedding [10] dessert, then brush a light layer of frosting over the cake.

Photo by Amy Anaiz Photography [11] via Style Me Pretty [12]

Vintage Bunting

Give the cake a vintage vibe with cool ticket toppers like these.

Photo by Cambria Grace Photography [13] via Style Me Pretty [14]

Chocolate Layers

Layer upon layer of chocolate? Always a crowd pleaser.

Photo by Allan Zepeda [15] via Style Me Pretty [16]

Succulent Accents

Succulents are way in right now — and they aren't just for hipster wedding cakes [17]. For a rustic, outdoorsy feel, top off your naked dessert with a variety of the plants.

Photo by Troy Grover Photographers [18] via Green Wedding Shoes [19]

Strawberry Floral

Get the best of both worlds and accent your bare cake lightly with flowers and fruit.

Photo by John Shim Photography [20] via Style Me Pretty [21]

Dripping Red Velvet

This Fourth of July-inspired dripping red velvet dessert, topped with juicy fruit, makes our mouths water. Consider opting for a naked cake that pairs well with the season or holiday near your wedding [22].

Photo by Shea Christine Photography [23] via Style Me Pretty [24]

Simple and Sweet

Add simple, girlie details to a minimalist cake by topping it with delicate flowers.

Photo by Mint Photography [25] via Green Wedding Shoes [26]

Powdered Up

Sprinkle powdered sugar over the nude layers for texture and an extra bit of sweetness.

Photo by Lucia Gill Photography [27] via Green Wedding Shoes [28]

Full of Fruit

When in doubt, pile on a ton of beautiful fruit to each layer of your naked cake — you can't go wrong!

Photo by Jeff Loves Jessica [29] via Style Me Pretty [30]

Bunting and Layering

If you can't decide between bunting or layering or between several flavors, go for all of it.

Photo by Jenny Moloney Photography [31] via Style Me Pretty [32]

Burst of Color

Add a pop of color to your frosting-free cake and accent with complementary-colored flowers.

Photo by onelove photography [33] via Style Me Pretty [34]


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