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The naked wedding cake is a wedding trend which doesn’t seem to be disappearing any time soon.

What’s not to love about the fluffy sponge, lashings of buttercream and fresh berries? They look and taste delicious, a winning combo all around. Anything goes, the rustic homemade look is super charming and can be created on the tightest of budgets.

So without further ado, let’s discover all the naked wedding cake ideas you’ll ever need.

Naked Wedding Cake Ideas Annie Bradney Photography Photo: Annie Bradney Photography via Made With Love Lola Wedding Dress


Truly Scrumptious Naked Wedding Cake Ideas

I am here to give you ideas to create your own bespoke and extremely very gorgeous naked wedding cake today. Prepare to feel very hungry indeed. Yum! Ready? Let’s dive in.

1. Glitter Drips

Add sparkling icing drips for an extra special touch to your wedding cake idea.

Naked Wedding Cake Idea Drip Icing Jarek Lepak Photo: Jarek Lepak via Burgundy Barn Wedding Cake: Danielle Jones


2. Rustic Floral

Layer your cake with a variety of fruits, creams, flavours and flowers. Plus think about decorating options such as fun toppers or quirky stands.

Naked Wedding Cake Idea Wooden Crate Lauren May Photos Photo: Lauren May Photos via Yew Tree Farm Wedding


3. Fun Sign

Add a fun and informational cake wedding sign to instruct your guests and give them a giggle.

Naked Wedding Cake Ideas Sign Photography34 Photo: Photography34 via Rustic Relaxed Farm Wedding


4. Bare Sponge

Let’s go back to basics and very classic. Bare sponge, and plenty of it in extraordinary towers, which quite frankly defy gravity.

Sandwiched with buttercream, seasonal fruits and jam. Scrumptious.

Naked Wedding Cake Berries Cream Matilda Delves Photo: Matilda Delves via Cute & Crafty Budget Polka Dot Village Hall Wedding


5. Naked Fruit Cake

Want a traditional fruit cake? No sweat, you can make it into a naked cake and it looks stunning!

Naked Wedding Cake Fruit Karen Flower Photography Photo: Karen Flower Photography via Woodland Autumnal Boho Wedding Ideas Cake: Blueberry Hill Cakes


6. Layer Cake

Naked wedding cakes suit many a wedding style, whether you are opting for a budget-friendly DIY wedding or a luxe timeless affair. Plus it’s sure to go down a storm with hungry guests.

Naked Wedding Cake Idea Wooden Topper Jo Hastings Photography Photo: Jo Hastings Photography via Pretty Natural & Floral Summer Barn Wedding Cake: Butter Cream and Dreams


7. Colourful

Naked cakes can be colourful, simply pile on flowers and berries.

Colourful Naked Wedding Cake Flowers Jessica Grace Photography Photo: Jessica Grace Photography via Pretty & Fresh White Summer Informal Wedding


8. Flower Tiers

Ask your wedding florist to add pretty blooms to make your naked cake sing.

Floral Wedding Naked Cake Jessy Jones Photography Photo: Jessy Jones Photography via Lincolnshire Tipi Wedding


9. Opulent Naked Cake

Naked cakes can be polished and high-end such as this opulent and tall design.

Flower Naked Wedding Cake Robert Leons Photography Photo: Robert Leons Photography via Langar Hall Wedding Cake: Couture Cakes


10. Icing Sugar

A dusting of icing sugar finishes a naked cake perfectly and can hide imperfections too.

Naked Wedding Cake Icing Sugar Flowers Struth Photography Photo: Struth Photography via Pink Winter Wonderland Wedding


11. Mismatched Tiers

Sandwich together mismatched tiers and plates for a wonderfully eclectic cake style.

Naked Wedding Cake Mismatched Kate Jackson Photography Photo: Kate Jackson Photography via London Wedding Tropical Florals


12. Unique Stand

Personalise your rustic wedding cake creation with a statement wedding cake stand.

Naked Wedding Cake Log Stand Idea Jon Turtle Photo: Jon Turtle via DIY Wedding in a Dome Marquee


13. Delicate & Pretty

How pretty is this light-as-air sponge teamed with flowers and fruit?

Naked Wedding Cake Idea Tall Layer Ilaria Petrucci Photo: Ilaria Petrucci via Indie Folk Hand Made Outdoor Woodland Wedding


14. Semi-Naked Cake

Semi-naked wedding cakes have grown in popularity. They add a touch of elegance to bare sponges.

Semi Naked Cake Idea Wedding Plain Leentje loves Light Photo: Leentje loves Light via Birds of Prey Wedding Ideas Cake: Sugarlips Cakes


Don’t be afraid to shy away from the traditional Victoria sponge flavour, think about quirky wedding cake alternatives such as chocolate.

Chocolate Naked Wedding Cake Idea Lush Imaging Photo: Lush Imaging via Quirky Colourful Relaxed Fun Barn Wedding Cake: The Taylor Made Cake Company


16. Chocolate & Cherry

Or, how about an indulgent pudding flavour like chocolate and cherry?

Naked Wedding Cake Idea Chocolate Cherry Jen Marino Photo: Jen Marino via Beautiful & Relaxed Summer Blush Lavender & Hessian Wedding Cake: All Cakes and Sizes


17. Floral Fabulous

Decorate your naked cake with oodles of blooms, petals, moss and herbs for full-on pretty. This is your chance to stamp your personality and wedding theme firmly in place, so really let loose.

You can never have too many flowers now, can you? Be bold or go home.

Semi Naked Wedding Cake Flowers Matt and Esther Photo: Matt and Esther via Heartfelt Wild Flowers Outdoorsy DIY Wedding Cake: Millies Kitchens


18. Wooden Crate Stand

Pop your rustic cake onto a wooden crate stand, you could even personalise it.

Naked Wedding Cake Strawberries Modern Vintage Weddings Photo: Modern Vintage Weddings via Quirky Cool Street Party & Spring Flower Filled London Wedding Cake: Katy Made Cakes


19. Edible Flowers

Adorn your cake with edible flowers, they almost look too good to eat!

Naked Wedding Cake Idea Edible Flowers Cotton Candy Photography Photo: Cotton Candy Photography via Home Made Countryside Spring Wedding with a Sequin Dress


20. Autumn Naked Cake

Use autumnal colours, flavours and fruits to create an autumn wedding cake of dreams.

Semi Naked Wedding Cake Autumn Belle Art Photography Photo: Belle Art Photography via Northside Farm Wedding Cake: Jill Agnew


21. Simple Naked Cake

Sometimes simplicity is key and this naked cake demonstrates that perfectly.

Simple Naked Wedding Cake Grace Pham Photography Photo: Grace Pham Photography via 10-11 Carlton House Terrace Wedding Cake: Waitrose


22. Cookie Naked Cake

If a sponge isn’t your thing, how about a cookie naked cake stack?

Naked Wedding Cake Idea Cookie Tasmin May Photography Photo: Tasmin May Photography  via Crown Lodge Wedding Cake: @chefdave_82


23. Cake For Dessert

You could also make your sponge the centrepiece to an array of desserts to spoil your nearest and dearest and ensure everyone has their favourite treat in store after dinner. Or make your cake dessert to cut costs!

Naked Wedding Cake Blossom Pink Flowers Sugarbird Photography Photo: Sugarbird Photography via Cherry Blossom Wedding Ideas Cake: Where The Ribbon Ends


24. Wooden Barrel Table

Think about wedding cake table alternative ideas for a visual delight.

Semi Naked Wedding Cake Barrell Wyldbee Photography Photo: Wyldbee Photography via Homemade Wedding


25. Single Tier Nake Cake

You don’t have to have multiple tiers to your cake. A single tier with an epic flower topper may be just the ticket.

Single Tier Naked Wedding Cake Flower Topper Francesca Hill Photography Photo: Francesca Hill Photography via Country Marquee Wedding


26. Gold Leaf Naked Cake

Add a touch of glam with a gold wedding cake design.

Semi Naked Wedding Cake Gold Leaf Emma Stoner Weddings Photo: Emma Stoner Weddings via Holsome Park Wedding


Should I Have A Naked Wedding Cake?

A naked cake is a great idea for a wedding. Not only does it look so tempting and delicious to guests, but it also has a rustic boho vibe that may just suit your wedding theme.

Naked wedding cakes are also one of the least expensive cake designs when looking at the average cost of wedding cakes. That’s due to the simplicity of their design and time to make, so if you are having a budget wedding, it may be ideal.

Naked Wedding Cake Ideas Sponge Bare Layer Victoria Berries Inspiration Anna Hardy Image Anna Hardy via Classic Elegant Pink Wedding


How To Plan A Naked Wedding Cake?

There are a few aspects to consider in planning your naked wedding cake. First things first, decide how many portions you need to feed all your guests. Before deciding on your design and cake decoration.

Then you will need to decide if you are baking yourself, asking a loved one or hiring a pro wedding cake designer. Once you choose you can put together a plan on timings on sourcing your recipe or cake designer and arrange the best bit… cake tasting!

Be sure to think of dietary requirements, with options for a gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free or vegan tier. Or specially selected fruits and flavours to please all your wedding guests.

Can I Make A DIY Naked Wedding Cake?

You can absolutely make your own DIY naked wedding cake. Lots of couples ask a talented baker who is a loved one to assist. Some couples even make their own and you could always make it in advance and freeze your sponge.

You will need to think about the cost of ingredients, finding a naked wedding cake tutorial and someone to help assemble your cake on the day.


So there you have it, all the seriously beautiful wedding naked cake ideas you'll ever need. Plus answers to your naked cake FAQs are solved. Yes!

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  • Avatar for Rose


    Beautifully done! How do you keep the cake fresh for the wedding when it’s not iced? I’ll be doing it all myself..

  • Avatar for Joanna


    Naked cakes are so in fashion this year! I love making them! Fresh, full of flavour and so natural!

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