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It seems that my beloved fondant topped cakes have been replaced by Naked Cakes.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.
Arrange cool bananas on top of cake.[spacer height=”-20px”]
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!