Get naked this Valentines Day! Ahem, not that, silly, I’m talking about a naked cake where you keep your cake exposed in between layers of sinfully delicious cream cheese frosting. Now you get the picture, right?
Wouldn’t it be awesome to bust out a cake that oozes romance and decadence? (All in between soccer practice and homework helping, naturally!). I the idea of dressing a simple vanilla cake with red roses and decadent cream cheese frosting. It’s bold. It’s classy. It’s so delicious.
You’ll see that I’ve created two cakes from one simple vanilla recipe, but today I’m going to focus solely on the naked cake which is much easier to execute! Essentially what you see is one naked cake and a frosted cake – both adorned with roses, because roses are beautiful.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t exactly sure how to combine the roses and cakes together so I enlisted the help of my dear friend and floral expert, Amy Murphy, of Parties, Petal & Paper. She is the gal that puts it all together. Her ability to simplify a seemingly complicated task will lull you into baking in no time! And can we talk about her next-level ‘presentation’ skills? I knew she would create a scene that was sophisticated and fun (just like her!).
Ingredients for Assembly:
- Three layer cakes, 8″
- Simple vanilla frosting
- 18 roses, trimmed leaving a 1 – 1.5″ stem
You can make the vanilla cakes one week in advance and store them in the freezer. A day prior to decorating, take them out of the freezer and have them thaw in the refrigerator. You can also make the frosting a day beforehand. Just thaw it on the counter for 30-60 minutes before you re-whip it.
- Start with the bottom cake layer and frost the first layer just until the edge of the cake.
- Layer the next cake layer and frost the second layer just until the edge of the cake. (Refrigerate if you need to firm the frosting.)
- Lastly, add the third and final vanilla cake layer.
- Put the cake in the refrigerator to get it firm before you add the flower layer.
- Trim 18 roses so that the stem is long enough to be inserted into the cake layer. I did about 1″, but test one out for a sample size.
- Amy led us through this simple yet gorgeous process. Enjoy this part as you transform this naked cake into a beautiful creation with each rose that you add. Just perfection!
- Plate Props: Anthropology
- Cake Platter: American Heirloom
- Cake Topper: Juniper & Ivy Designs
Roses are red, violets are blue, make this cake and he’ll always think of you. XO, Happy Valentine’s Day!
Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography
What gorgeous cakes Cindy! I love naked cakes! I tried one for the first time at Christmas this year and I’m in love. What a way to impress your Valentine!
This whole naked cake thing is new to me. I love it! And those roses. Seriously. Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, Cindy. I look forward to giving this one a try (though I don’t know where I’ll find roses so beautiful!)
Cannot wait to try this beautiful cake! Love the look, love the prep time and love the cream cheese buttercream frosting!
Thanks Anna. These cakes are amazing and I promise your family will love the cream cheese! Yum.
Love. Love. Love. Everything about this!! I have yet to make a naked cake but I’ve wanted to since the first time I saw one! You have inspired me, once again!
Thanks Annie. I love naked cakes too. They are simpler to execute than traditional cakes, and they hold their own in beauty and taste.
I am so sad that I’ve never made a naked cake. It is a must for February for me. Thanks for all the gorgeous photo inspiration!
Aww, thanks Karen! Naked cakes are fun. I think they are easier than the regular cakes. Maybe you can make it healthy! Ha, I could use more of that in my life.