The Naked Wedding Cake is pretty much all the rage at the moment. The Naked Cake can lend itself to most styles of wedding from vintage to rustic, from elegant to contemporary. The final look and feel of the cake relies completely on the choice of sponge, fillings and decorations.
BUT, the naked cake is not for every wedding and every bride. There are a number of things you need to think about and discuss with your cake designer before you go ahead and book that nude! Having just completed my first naked cake, I thought it would be worthwhile compiling a list of things to considers:
1. Final decorations. In my opinion, they should be natural to reflect the natural look of the cake. So forget the sugarcraft and save yourself some money. Instead, opt for fruits and/or flowers. Your florist can supply flowers to match your bouquet to tie everything together. Just be careful that you don’t insert fresh (especially poisonous) flowers into your cake!
2. Cost. The Naked Cake lends itself to a DIY wedding, which really helps to keep your overall event budget down. BUT remember, these cakes need to be baked and constructed as close to the event as possible. So, is it really realistic to do yourself? Even your mum may struggle. However, even if you commissioned your local friendly baker, the cost of a Naked Cake should be substantially cheaper than a traditional fondant covered cake. If you find they quote you more, you may find that they just don’t want to do it, as it’s such a last minute bake/set up.
3. Most naked cakes feature Madeira cake (dowsed in sugar syrup) as it has a good shelf life. However, mixing flavours can also look nice, just make sure you choose flavours with complimenting colours..
4. As the cake has no fondant to protect it from the air, it’s going to dry out quickly. Therefore, preferably the bride and groom need to cut the cake as early as possible. One option is that the cake is cut upon entrance to the reception. The caterers can then take the cake, cover it and prepare it for enjoying with coffee during the speeches. Another option is that the bride instructs the caterers to cut off about 1-2inches of crust, and only serve the inner of the cake, which should still be moist, but this will mean you will require larger tiers. As a rule, the cake will last about 4hours out in the open.