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Naked Wedding Cake – A Recipe & Decoration Ideas

A naked wedding cake is a stylish choice that would suit any theme or colour scheme. Simple and understated, there are literally thousands of ways to decorate your naked wedding cake so you can truly make the design your own. We’ve got a wealth of decoration ideas below as well as a delicious naked wedding cake recipe. You are so welcome.

The beautiful cake in the header image is from Clare and Chris’s amazing budget village hall wedding. Go take a look for ideas and inspiration on how to achieve the perfect day without the huge spend.

What Is A Naked Wedding Cake?

If you are wondering what on earth a naked wedding cake is then the expression comes from the fact the sponge remains uniced. Typically all three tiers will be filled with buttercream, jam or chocolate ganache. Of course, you can have as many (or as few) cake tiers as you desire and fillings can be mixed and matched depending on your favourite flavours. Wedding cake minus the icing = nude cake. Or a naked wedding cake. 

Discover hundreds of ideas via our dedicated dessert Pinterest board.

How Do I Decorate A Naked Wedding Cake?

From a personalised cake topper to decadent arrangements of berries and greenery, the options are endless. Consider incorporating flowers that feature in your bouquet around the base of your cake or sporadically placed on each layer to provide cohesion. Just remember to remove your roses before serving a slice to Uncle Bob, very few florals are actually edible.

Naked Wedding Cake Recipe

Love DIY projects? perhaps you want to make your budget go further by saving on the cost of a professional cake. In that case, then you could attempt to bake your own. We would always recommend a trial run first, as well as a mouth full of David Austin your Uncle Bob probably doesn’t want burnt and/or greasy sponge either. Neither do you want your cake on the wonk.

Happy baking!


Base Tier

  • You will need to make this mixture 3 times for the 3 layers*
  • 170g unsalted butter | 170g caster sugar | 170g Self raising flour | 3 eggs | 1tsp vanilla extract

Top Tier

  • You will need to make this mixture 3 times for the 3 layers*
  • 110g unsalted butter | 110g caster sugar | 110g self-raising flour | 2 eggs | 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.


  • 1. Preheat oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Grease and line three 8 inch cake tins and three 6 inch cake tins.
  • 2. For each quantity of cake mixture, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  • 3. Gradually add the eggs until well combined.
  • 4. Sift in the flour and fold in gently to the mixture.
  • 5. Place one quantity of the relevant mixture in each tin.
  • 6. Cook in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes until the sponge is lightly golden and springy to the touch or a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • 7. Remove the sponges and leave to cool for a few minutes before turning out of the tins.
  • 8. Make the buttercream by combing the butter and icing sugar adding the milk until light and fluffy.
  • 9. Once the cakes are cool carefully trim the domed side to create a flat level cake.
  • 10. Place an 8-inch cake on a thin 8-inch cake board. Spread or pipe the buttercream on one of the 8-inch cakes and then place the next on top. Repeat finishing with the final layer of 8 inch sponge. Take a small amount of buttercream on a palette knife and spread around the outside of the cake. You don’t want this to be too thick as you want to be able to see some of the cake through. Repeat this with the three 6 inch cakes, placing on a 6-inch cake board.
  • 11. Insert 3 dowels into the base tier, trimming to the height of the cake, then rest the top tier on these.

We divided the total quantity by 5 for our cake to make 5 thinner layers, but 3 layers look just as good and are much less fiddly!

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How to make a naked cake

Photography by Anne Schwarz Photography
Author: Charlotte O’Shea
Purveyor of short shorts. Make-up junkie. Hopes to grow old disgracefully.

2 thoughts on “Naked Wedding Cake – A Recipe & Decoration Ideas

  1. Wow, these cakes look so lovely and the different decoration options are great!
    Really like DIY projects as well, that’s why I made a cakepop wedding cake for my sister`s wedding with several tiers and flavors.

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