Today, I would like to share with you a DIY baking project: Naked Cakes.
Once Naked Cakes generated the buzz it needed, it has reigned supreme as an alternative design for cakes, for any occasion from birthdays to weddings.
I love the simplicity of the design, the “perfectly imperfect” look of the cake. As an amateur baker, Naked Cakes are definitely less stressful as you really can’t make a mistake.
When creating a Naked Cake, you want to think about what your overall look will be like. Take inspiration from Pinterest, Google, Instagram, etc. What contrast of colours are you looking for? How naked do you want the cake?
I will show you a Naked Cake I recently created for a friend’s birthday. After I was given the flavour she wanted (chocolate on chocolate) I was ready to design away. I like to sketch out my design and layers before the baking process. I decided to create a four layer cake because I personally love the height. I decided to go for the chocolate cake, with a chocolate ganache buttercream as the filling and vanilla bean buttercream for the outside. I like the contrast of the two and it’s classic. You can pre-make your cakes and freeze them to keep them moist. Just take them out to defrost for a few hours prior to assembly.
As the decorations, I decided to make pink peonies out of gum paste. I bought my peony cutter from Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01IR1OYSM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_dp_T2_N3Dtzb3A8CRJF It is pretty easy as you just roll out the gum paste and push the mold. Here is an easy video to help you if you want to be sure you’re doing it right: https://youtu.be/U4zar6DdBrs