Food · Wedding Cake

Bare and beautiful – 33 naked bakes for your wedding.

Photo by Nicole Berrett Photography

The rustic trend for naked wedding cakes has been growing over the last two years and they’ve been growing on us too so we’ve been on the hunt for some fresh twists on a modern classic. From old favourites like lemon drizzle to unique flavours like blueberry and beetroot here are some of our top picks.

Left: We are in love with these gorgeous crepe paper flamingos! They make a cute and quirky topper for this tropical naked cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop shot by Apryl Ann topped with fresh fruit and flowers.

Right: Peggy Porschen is responsible for this sweet and sticky spin on a naked cake, a tasty toffee apple version with pretty scalloped icing. For DIY brides there’s a recipe you can try yourself!



Above: This homemade confection, photographed by Babb Photo, offers something for everyone with different flavoured layers of vanilla, chocolate and Victoria sponge.


Left: This naked vanilla cake with blackberries and caramel drizzle is a chic addition to any wedding table. Made by Laugh Love Cakes.

Right: Annie’s Eats has created this incredibly moreish chocolate sponge topped with chocolate coated strawberries for a romantic feel. If you want to try it yourself the recipe is available here.


Left: This ‘perfect red velvet sponge’ by Fashion Cooking  is topped with fresh and glazed cranberries for a warm winter feel, ideal for a Yuletide wedding. The recipe is here (but you might need google translate…)

Right: This classic naked vanilla sponge from Confections by Christine is a sweet and simple staple of the naked cake tradition.



Above: This ombre sponge by Brit + Co was originally created to celebrate July 4th but we think it’s just right for any couple who want to add a little fun and flair to their big day! Recipe here.


Left: Speaking of fun, check out this nostalgic funfetti sponge by Merely Sweets. This colourful cake is perfect for kids at heart.

Right: Something old, something new, this naked fruit cake is a perfect blend of modern and traditional trends. The fresh roses add a light touch to this dense and delicious cake by Tabitha Emma (photographed by Luisa Brimble), created with her mother and grandmother.



Above: This chocolate and citrus cake by Missis N is a satisfying and sophisticated take on the naked bake with chocolate sponge, buttercream and tangerine curd. You can find the recipe here.



Above: Lemon drizzle is one of our favourite cakes so we were really excited to find this creation by Kitty’s Cakes. Three tiers of vanilla sponge and lemon cream are decorated with roses, daisies and baby’s breath to create a a sweet springtime treat.


Left: This salted caramel and cream cheese cake by Rachel Sally at La Pêche Fraîche has all the makings of potentially the best cake ever! Salted dark amber caramel and almond sugar drench a vanilla sponge and cream cheese frosting for a delicious finish. Recipe here!

Right: Half the fun for Sweetapolita must have been in making this peanut butter and chocolate cake topped with salted caramel popcorn and a sprinkling of marshmallows. It looks almost too good to eat but we’d be happy to give it a go… You can try it yourself here!




Above: It may be the alcohol talking but we are in love with this chocolate Irish whiskey cake by Fine Cooking. The chocolate curls are a perfect addition to the rich mocha sponge and coffee whiskey cream filling.


Left: This simple and elegant fresh flower cake was created by the very talented Coco Cake Land using flowers and berries from her garden. This clean fresh style is perfect for an outdoor do and for baker brides the recipe can be found here.

Right: Es. by Seline created this stunning chocolate, beetroot and blueberry confection for a styled shoot. We love the contrast of the fresh white cream and dark dense sponge.



Above: We’re fascinated by this unique Vanilla and Earl Grey sponge by Sugar et al, particularly the drape of pink and cream iced roses. Recipe here.


Left: Following in the trend of unusual combinations, this basil and marscapone frosted chocolate cake by Molly Yeh adds something different for couples who want a quirky spread at their wedding. You can try it yourself here.

Right: This apple, parsnip and rosemary syrup cake by April Carter from rounds out our collection of unconventional flavours with an aromatic touch.


Left: For couples who want a half time boost, this naked espresso cake with espresso macaroons by Oh Sweet Day should hit the spot. Recipe here.

Right: Or if you prefer your coffee a little sweeter we found this amazing white chocolate and espresso sponge on Pinterest!



Above: If you want your cake to grab attention then feast your eyes on this naked rhubarb bake with pomegranate and rosemary buttercream from Sugar et al. Guaranteed to turn guests’ heads you can find the recipe here.


Left: The Sugar Hit has created this bold and buttery orange and almond cake with poppy seed cream cheese icing which brings all the warmth of summer to your wedding. Recipe here.

Right: For the softer side of summer this bake by Cygnet Kitchen is a delicate blend of elderflower and lemon syrups, elderflower sponge and  elderflower and marscapone frosting. To bake it yourself, follow the recipe here.


Left: Another winter warmer, this soft gingerbread cake with sparkling cranberries by Baking Ginger adds a touch of frost to any wedding table. Give it a go here.

Right: We love this indulgent buttermilk chocolate chip and passion fruit cake by Love and Olive Oil. A coffee buttercream gives this cake a little extra kick. Why not try it yourself?


Left: This lavender layer cake is another soft springtime sponge by April Carter at We particularly love the pastel shade of her purple frosting. Recipe here.

Right: Time for another twist on an old favourite, we’re big fans of this naked carrot cake by Cakewalk Bakery.


Left: This fluffy and fantastic lemon meringue bake by leaves us wanting more. You can try  it yourself here.

Right: A bit of southern comfort this black tea and lemon cake by Freutcake makes us think of a zesty ice tea on a warm summer’s day. We can almost feel the summer breeze now. Recipe here.



Above: Look up decadence in the dictionary and we’re pretty sure you’d find a picture of this double chocolate nutella cake by Wilde Orchard. Topped with chopped hazlenuts this dreamy creamy confection is perfect for chocoholic couples. Recipe here.



Above: Finally, another classic. From Made by Mary this strawberry and cream cake has a little twist of it’s own. The cream is a meringue buttercream with cubes of strawberries folded in to create a ‘strawberry chip’ effect throughout the cake. Recipe here.

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