Create your own Naked Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop

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DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

Go ahead and skim over the fact that it’s 9am and we’re already talking cakes thankyouverymuch. We’re just so excited to share that the gals at Cakewalk Bake Shop + Apryl Ann Photography have stopped by to offer a little baking how-to on our very favorite treats: the naked cake. Soo, if you weren’t yet convinced that we truly appreciate the beauty of a good unfrosted cake, the answer is a resounding Y-E-S.

Thanks to Emily of Cakewalk Bake Shop for showing us how it’s done!

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

Naked Cake

Supplies/Ingredients:

• two round evenly-sized cakes, we used 8″ x 2″ pans
• one round cake board (same size as your cake, ours is 8″)
• buttercream
• cake fillings (we used strawberry compote and fresh strawberries)
• piping bag
• round piping tip
• offset angled spatula
• revolving cake stand
• floral tape
• cake knife
• fresh flowers for decor
• flower sheers
• cake lifters

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

Step 1: Get ready. Fit piping bag with round tip and fill bag with buttercream. Secure cake board to the cake stand with tape. Place first cake onto cake board.

Step 2: Carefully and evenly cut the two cake rounds in half. Spinning the stand as you cut is helpful. Set aside cakes once they are cut.

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

Step 3: Place one of the cake bases onto the cake round. Use the piping back to carefully pipe frosting flush with the edge of the cake. It’s like “outlining” in drawing – you make an outline of a circle that you will then fill.

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

Step 4: Use your offset spatula to even out the filling so that the next layer of cake will sit evenly on top.

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

Step 5: Gently lift up the next layer of cake and use your fingers to lightly jiggle the base to loosen any crumbs before placing on top of the piped buttercream layer. I call this finger dancing, because your fingers feel like they are dancing around under the cake layer. This will help keep your piped frosting looking clean and not covered with crumbs as you stack the layers of the cake.

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

Step 6: Repeat the process of piping a circle of buttercream onto the 2nd layer of cake. This keeps the outside looking consistent in size and also works as a barrier so that you can fill the inside with soft yummy things like: curd, compote, jam, ganache, etc. We filled ours with a strawberry compote rather than buttercream, evened it out, and then placed fresh strawberry slices on top.

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

Step 7: Repeat the process of stacking your cake layer, then filling with buttercream, then stacking the final cake layer. I like to use the second cake base turned upside down as my top layer – this will give you a beautiful solid top.

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

Step 8: If you’d like to frost the top layer, one way to do so is to pipe a circle of pearls to create a scalloped edge.

Step 9: Fill in the middle with buttercream.

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

Step 10: Use your offset spatula to one by one pull the pearl tops into the middle of the cake.

Step 11: Gently smooth out the top of the cake using your offset spatula.

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

Step 12: Use cake lifters to gently transfer the cake to your cake stand of choice.

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

Step 13: Now for the fun part! Cut the stems of your flowers and place into the top of the cake however you’d like to create a beautiful, whimsical floral topper! Be sure to wrap the cut ends of the flowers in floral tape before inserting into the cake to protect the cake from any floral byproduct. I like to incorporate berries and fruit as well. And flamingos, of course!

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

DIY Naked Cake | Photo by Apryl Ann Photography | Cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=80013

Srsly gorgeous! Doing this ASAP.

*Note: It is very important to always wrap the floral stems in floral tape before inserting into the cake to prevent any pesticides from entering. You can also purchase stem holders from your bakery supply or crafting store. Using organic flowers that have not been treated by pesticides is also advisable, but please always take caution to protect the stems from leaking into the cake.

For another amaze treat by Cakewalk Bake Shop, try this apple cider donut recipe from last fall!

Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography / Naked Cake + How-to: Emily of Cakewalk Bake Shop /Flamingo cake topper: BHLDN

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Ashley on Oct 14, 2014

Isn't it poor practice to use non-edible flowers in a cake that is meant to be eaten? You can't really eat the cake or the frosting after the residues and the chemicals from the cut flower stems seep into it--while the cake is beautiful, using edible flowers might be a bit more useful and/or realistic. Am I mistaken?

cathy haebe on Oct 14, 2014

Hi there! Let me first start by saying that this cake is lovely! As a fellow fresh flower cake maker, I truly can appreciate the beauty of a cake like this. — I am writing only because i worry about the practice in which the flowers are applied. Mums are fairly poisonous and should not be directly inserted into a cake. If they leach into the cake, it should not be consumed. — Though I would not recommend mums for cakes, at the very least they should be wrapped in floral tape before being inserted in the cake. Using fresh flowers is a wonderful way to create a simple, yet whimsical cake, but be sure to exercise caution with the flowers chosen and always be sure to cover them so no part of the flower actually leaches into the cake people will consume. I hope you do not find this comment offensive, nor do i expect it to be posted. I love Cakewalk's work and 100 Layer Cake, I just hope that maybe you could revise the text to exercise caution for those looking for a DIY project.

The Perfect Palette on Oct 14, 2014

Such a great DIY!

Emily on Oct 14, 2014

Hi everyone! I would like to thank Ashley and Cathy for bringing this important step to everyone's attention! We definitely goofed in our DIY and forgot to include this very important step. I am so sorry. It is very important to always wrap the floral stems in floral tape before inserting into the cake to prevent any pesticides from entering. You can also purchase stem holders from your bakery supply or crafting store. Using organic flowers that have not been treated by pesticides is also advisable, but please always take caution to protect the stems from leaking into the cake. I sincerely apologize for any confusion or alarm.

Katie on Oct 14, 2014

Such a lovely idea for the top tier! Must try that ASAP!

Alisha - Events By Whim on Oct 14, 2014

I was going to ask about whether or not the florals were organic, but I see in the other comments that this has been addressed. Thank you for posting this simple tutorial - you've made it look so simple that I'm going to give this a try! Beautiful cake!

andrea on Oct 15, 2014

it is such a simple method to make an awesome cake

Kristen on Oct 15, 2014

Can this cake be made ahead of time? How many days would it last? Thanks!

Rachel on Oct 15, 2014

I absolutely love this tutorial! I'm having a naked cake at my wedding and will definitely try making one of my own...maybe for our anniversary!

100layercake on Oct 15, 2014

Hi Kristen, This cake is best served the day it is assembled. Because the "naked" cake layers are exposed to the elements, it can dry out more quickly than frosted cakes. It is best not to refrigerate either as that will expedite the drying process. Emily prepares her naked cakes as close to service as possible. If you are making one for a small gathering, I'd put it together the day-of, however it's okay to bake the cake a day or so ahead of time as long as you wrap it air-tight to keep it fresh. Happy baking!

logan on Oct 15, 2014

Where can I find those cute flamingos? They are awesome!

100layercake on Oct 15, 2014

Hi Logan, The cake toppers are from BHLDN. So cute, right? *100 Layer Cake

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