I recently discovered Naked Cakes and it has become my new passion!
It seems that my beloved fondant topped cakes have been replaced by Naked Cakes. It’s this year’s trendy cake for weddings, birthdays, and just about any occasion when a cake is called for.
What exactly are Naked Cakes? Just as the name suggests they’re cakes with minimal or no frosting. But that doesn’t mean they’re plain. Far from it! This recent trend has seen many gorgeous cakes pop up at wedding, bridal showers, and other events.
Naked Cakes make the most of fresh ingredients such as fresh flowers, succulents, leaves, and fruits. Cake designers have come up with unique ways to incorporate fresh ingredients into their multi-tiered cakes.
Others have used food coloring to bake tinted cakes resulting in a tiered rainbow!
Aren’t these naked cakes just too pretty to eat?
Another reason I love naked cakes is because they are too easy to make! You don’t have to be a pastry chef to master the art of making naked cakes, you just need the right tools! Believe it or not you can make these beautiful cakes using a box mix. I did!
I was dying to try my hand at making a naked cake, but I wasn’t too thrilled about baking one from scratch. So I got out a couple of boxes of Duncan Hines Supreme Banana Cake Mix and baked 3 cakes. I didn’t want to be too ambitious on my first try so I decided 3 tiers was my limit. I even used canned frosting! The only thing I made from scratch was the topping, Honeyed Bananas. I wanted to decorate with bananas, but fresh bananas turn an unappetizing brown color when exposed to air for more than an hour. That’s why I had to basically fry them, no big deal, I love friend bananas!
So here’s what you need to make a Honeyed Banana Naked Cake:
3 – 9″ round banana cakes – you can use your own recipe or a boxed mix. If you’re going to use a cake mix I found that Duncan Hines brand works best when it’s time to cut the tops off and if you want to split the cake horizontally to create thin layers.
1 – 2 cans of canned frosting – I used cream cheese Or 2-3 Cups of homemade frosting
4 large bananas sliced in to rounds – firm not too ripe
4 Tbs. Butter
1/4 Cup Honey
1 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Long serrated bread knife
Off set icing knife – if you don’t have one (you should if you bake cakes) a cake server works ok
Ice cream scoop – don’t worry if you don’t have one, but it’s handy to have so you can portion icing evenly
Cake turntable – optional – but it will make cutting the cake easier
Bake 3 cakes according to your recipe or box mix
Remove from pans and wrap each cake in plastic wrap
Freeze until firm – overnight works best
Remove cake from freezer one at a time – work on one layer at a time
Carefully unwrap cake
Place on cake turntable or cutting board[spacer height=”-20px”]
Cut off the “domed” top of the cake – place the knife on top of the flattest part of the cake’s edge and cut all the way across [spacer height=”-20px”]
Remove top and set aside. Don’t throw it out, you can use them to make cake pops or give them to the kids to snack.
Brush off loose crumbs and place on a cake board or plate bottom side down[spacer height=”-20px”]
Drop a scoop of icing on the cake and spread over surface just to the edge.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Cut the top of the next layer and place it on top of the first layer cut side down.
Frost just like the first layer [spacer height=”-20px”]
Cut top of last layer and place on top of the second layer cut side down.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Frost the top layer.
At this point you cake is done, you can serve it as it is. But it’s much more fun to decorate it!
For this cake I topped it with Honeyed Bananas
So read on to see how to make Honeyed Bananas, they’re yummy![spacer height=”-20px”]
Melt butter in a frying pan, add honey and mix well, stir in cinnamon
Add banana slices.
Fry each side of the bananas about 3 minutes or until golden brown and coated with honey mixture.
Remove from pan and cool.
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Your beautiful cake is done! Easy peasy! You can make any kind of cake you want and decorate it any way you want. Naked Cakes are so easy and so pretty you’ll want to make one every time you have company, or even if you don’t!
I may love these trendy new cakes, but for children’s birthday parties I’m still going with those fancy fondant covered cakes! I just ordered one for Devon’s 9th. Birthday party next month!
For more Naked Cake ideas follow me on Pinterest, I love to pin the prettiest ones on my board!
Strawberry Banana Smoothies are a family favorite. Turning them into frozen pops saves me from mixing them up as needed. I just haul out the blender once, whip up a bunch of pops, store them in the freezer ready for anyone who feels like a smoothie!
This recipe is dairy free and has no added sugar, perfect for kids with allergies. You can add sugar to taste if you prefer them sweeter.
I use Organic Rice Drink to make it creamy but soy or almond milk can be used instead. You can even use real cream if you don’t have milk allergies.
I use ripe bananas, it’s a great way to use up all those over ripe bananas! You can make this with fresh or frozen strawberries. If using fresh remove the stems and cores, and wash them. If using frozen be sure to thaw them first, frozen berries turn the mixture into a thick icy mix that’s hard to pour into molds.
If you don’t have molds just pour them in freezer safe plastic cups, pop a stick in the center, and freeze.
To remove pops from molds run hot water on all sides of the mold, including the bottom. They should slip right out. I wrap each pop in clear plastic treat bags from Walmart and store them in the freezer in ziplock freezer bags.
Here’s the recipe, whip some up today, your family will love them!
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Strawberry Banana Smoothie Pops
2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
2 ripe bananas
1 cup Organic Rice Dream Rice Drink
1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. Pour into molds, and freeze for at least 6 hours.
I love Banana Foster, the rum laced caramel paired with bananas is so delicious! We also love pineapple upside down cake, so I thought why not combine the two.
It’s a great way to use those bananas before they turn brown. This a a great cake for any event. I love to make it for our Sunday night barbecues!
You can make this recipe in a 9″x13″ sheet pan or 2 8″-9″ round or square cake pans. You can even make mini-cakes using a muffin tin, just don’t use liners and place the topping ingredients on the bottom and cover with cake batter.
The trick to a picture perfect cake is inverting the cake on to the serving dish at just the right time. Invert it too soon and the cake may break. Invert it too cold and the topping will stick to the pan.
These cakes freeze very well. Cool completely, wrap in plastic wrap and foil, date, and freeze. It will last up to 3 months in the freezer. Just uncover and thaw when ready to serve.
Here is an easy version of this yummy cake.
3 large ripe bananas
1 Duncan Hines Signature Banana Supreme Cake Mix
1/3 cup oil
1 cup Sour Cream
1 stick (4oz.) butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup dark rum or 2 tsp. rum extract (you can add or lessen according to taste)
Pre-heat oven 350 degrees
Make the caramel sauce first:
Combine butter, brown sugar, lemon juice, rum in small heavy pot
Cook over medium heat until butter melts and sugar disolves
Pour caramel sauce into a lightly oiled 9×13 baking pan.
Slice bananas and a arrange on caramel sauce in rows.
In a large mixing bowl mix together cake mix, oil, eggs, and sour cream. Mix until there are no more lumps and batter is smooth. It will be slightly thick, not runny.
Spread batter over bananas.
Bake for 27-35 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes. Do not over cool as the cake will stick to the pan.
Turn cake on to serving tray.
Serve with vanilla bean ice cream for a delicious dessert! Enjoy!
Banana Foster Upside Down Cake
Moist and tasty cake has a banana and caramel topping, just like banana foster! Great served warm so the caramel is sticky and gooey. Yum!