30 Naked Cakes for Your Wedding
The naked wedding cake: It's a trend that's clearly here to stay, as couples and their bakers are forgoing an outer layer of icing in favor of an unfrosted confection that looks just as good as it tastes. If you're not a fan of the traditional three-tiered white wedding cake, this big-day dessert alternative might just be for you.
As these naked wedding cake ideas will show, there's a style for every celebration, whether you're after a naked rustic wedding cake or a modern one featuring unexpected flavors. Naked wedding cakes aren't all about looks and taste, though. There's actually a serious benefit to choosing an unfrosted confection, and that's freshness.
Because frosting locks in moisture, a baker is able to whip up a traditional wedding cake in advance of the big day, then add the finishing touches right before delivery. That's not the case with an exposed wedding cake, which needs to be baked relatively close in time to the reception to ensure each layer is fresh, moist, and delicious. That means your pro will likely pop your tiers into the oven the night before or even the day of your nuptials. Nothing beats a cake baked just hours before it's eaten, right?
Whatever your reason for choosing one, you'll soon see that bare wedding cakes can be chic, sophisticated, and beautiful—not too sweet, but just sweet enough. Click through to see some of our favorite examples, starting with this stunning half-dressed wedding cake (topped with lemons and limes) by Lelé Pâtisserie.
Semi-Naked Wedding Cake
A friend of the couple baked this cute dessert, which boasted tiers that were only partially frosted.
Naked Wedding Cake with Berries
Why cover up your cake's interior when it's as pretty as this strawberry one's was?
Three-Tiered Naked Wedding Cake
Four-Tiered Naked Wedding Cake
The groom admitted that he thought about this semi-naked Layered banana cake (complete with chocolate-ganache filling) long after his wedding day.
Naked Wedding Cake with Greenery
What wasn't covered with icing or greenery was left bare on this rustic naked cake by Kinsterna Hotel.
Colorful Naked Wedding Cake
Tropical Naked Wedding Cake
Pretty Naked Wedding Cake
This scrumptious naked Charm City Cakes creation looked pretty as a picture.
Naked Wedding Cake with Succulents
Half-Naked Wedding Cake
Naked Wedding Cake with Topper
Fern Naked Wedding Cake
Our mouths are watering just looking as this decadent naked cake. Sticky Spatula baked the dessert, which was covered in foliage.
Mostly-Frosted Wedding Cake
Ojai Valley Inn designed this couple's cake—which featured dulce de leche and caramel chocolate-mousse flavors—with enough icing to almost fully coat it.
Naked Sponge Wedding Cake
This DIY lemon slice-topped naked cake didn't need any outside icing—it had plenty between its sponge layers!
Naked Wedding Cake with Fruit
Romanov Catering decorated this naked dessert with cherries, blooms, and ornamental berries.
Naked Bundt Wedding Cakes
Naked Bridal Shower Cake
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's Naked Wedding Cake
Cute Naked Wedding Cake
Rustic Naked Wedding Cake
Naked Drip Wedding Cake
This bride and groom chose a naked cake with icing dripping down the sides, made by Classic City Confections, for their Georgia wedding.
Naked Italian Wedding Cake
Short Naked Wedding Cake
Sweet Layers Cakes & Pastries may have baked this cake, but according to the bride, it was designed to look DIY.
Naked Wedding Cake with Flowers
This large naked-style blueberry-lemon cake by Buttercup Bakery boasted bright crowns of fresh flowers.
Fun Naked Wedding Cake
Each reception table at this wedding was set with sweets (a.k.a. the dream)—including this Momofuku Milk Bar birthday cake. The couple encouraged guests to dig in to the desserts before the meal even started.
Simple Naked Wedding Cake
Naked Wedding Cake with Peonies
This bride had her heart set on a naked caked topped with fresh flowers, and we can see why! Her spiced-carrot confection by Cakewalk Bake Shop was so pretty.
Naked Wedding Cake with Roses
This lemon cake—the bride's favorite flavor—was decorated with with buttercream and spray roses.