Naked Cakes

Naked and Semi-Naked Wedding Cakes

Naked and semi-naked wedding cakes are a wonderful choice for rustic, country and barn weddings and with so many variations on design they really are a pleasure to create. 

What is a Naked/Semi-Naked Cake? 

A naked wedding cake is an exposed, layered, sponge wedding cake. A cake that has not been iced, but instead, features layers of jam, curds and/or buttercream bursting between delicious tiers of fluffy sponge. It is also often sprinkled with powdered icing sugar and finished with fresh flowers or fruit.  There’s also the option to have a semi-naked wedding cake: a cake designed along the same lines as a naked wedding cake, but featuring a light layer of buttercream on the outside, but still being able to see traces of sponge.

"I cannot thank Greta at The Little Cake Box enough for my fantastic, yummy wedding cake. It got so many compliments. Customer service was spot on". - Emma and Ian (September 2017).

Naked/Semi-Naked Decoration

There are several ways to have your naked/semi-naked wedding cake decorated, but here are some of our favourite ideas: 

Fresh berries – such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries (or even cherries, figs and passion fruit for something a bit different).

Beautiful flowers to compliment the bridal bouquet (nothing heavily scented or toxic though).

A quirky wedding cake topper (previous couples have had rubber ducks, wooden peg dolls, even a shark and bear!).

A small bunting-style topper on sticks.

A pair of love-birds.

How do Naked Cakes Stay Fresh?

The cakes are baked the day before your wedding and then filled immediately prior to delivery.  They are kept moist with sugar syrups, and of course the fillings contribute to this also.  We always arrange with your wedding venue to set up your naked cake as late in the day as possible so that the cake and the fruit are kept fresh. As with all of our cakes, we would advise against them being in direct sunlight or in particularly warm locations.

"Greta at The Little Cake Box has been amazing right from the beginning! Her help, professionalism and availability have been over the top from start to finish. The cake was absolute heaven". - Giulia and Yusuf (June 2016).

What Flavour Choices do I Have for my Naked/Semi-Naked Cake?

Anything you want from our cake flavours list (with the exception of fruit cake). The only thing to bear in mind is aesthetics – obviously because its naked, you can see what colour it is! The same is true for semi-naked cakes as the sponge colour will show through the thin layer of buttercream. A great way of incorporating different coloured sponges is to have alternating tiers of colour (for example vanilla, chocolate, vanilla). Or you can even create an ombré effect with chocolate on the bottom, red velvet in the middle and then a light coloured sponge on the top tier. If you would like a naked cake but want fruit cake to feature, then we recommend having a small fruit cake to the side or as part of a dessert table.

What are the Prices for Naked and Semi-Naked Wedding Cakes?

These types of cakes are often a good option if you're on a tighter budget. As a guide, a 3 tier naked cake  will start from £215. These prices include fruit/berries of your choice, some basic flowers (roses and/or gypsophila) plus a dusting of icing sugar. Toppers or more specific flowers are extra. Most couples opt for their florist to provide a few extra flowers for the cake so it matches the rest of their decoration.

How Will My Cake Be Displayed?

We will deliver, stack and decorate your cake for you (charges may apply). We are happy to use a stand provided by your venue or we have several available to hire. If you wish to use your own stand please let us know first as some are not suitable for heavy, tiered cakes. 

Can I Collect My Naked/Semi-Naked Cake From You?

Unfortunately these types of cakes can't be collected as they need to be delivered in seperate tiers and stacked at the venue. 

Please contact us for more information on wedding cakes or to book a consultation.

Photo credits: Nick Parker (Parkershots), Stephen Bunn