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Flower Topped Naked Cake

Introducing the easiest cake, well, ever.  The Naked Cake.  Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against frosting.  We have actually had a great relationship over the years, but this year I decided to tackle this more rustic approach for my daughter's birthday.  

For the actual cake you simply make however many layers you'd like, I did four for her fourth birthday... and let them chill.  I left mine in the fridge overnight.  In the morning, using a serrated knife, I sliced off the dome that occurs during baking.  The domes were instantly discarded as to not become my breakfast.  Once your cakes are level-ish, stack them by adding a generous portion of frosting in between each layer.  Remember, you are skimping on the side frosting, so feel free to add more between the layers.  You can use a piping bag if you feel it is necessary, but I used an offset spatula to make things even easier.

Raspberry Vanilla Buttercream:

1 Cup of Butter, softened
3 1/2 Cups of Confectioners Sugar
2 Vanilla Beans, seeds extracted
1 Pint of Raspberries, juiced
Pinch of Salt

In your bowl, beat the softened butter until smooth & slowly begin to add your sugar.  Once the sugar & butter are combined (which may appear dry) add in your Raspberry Juice.  I juiced my Raspberries by placing them in a strainer and mashing them with the back of a spoon.  Using only the juice allows your frosting to have the beautiful raspberry flavor (& gorgeous color) without the seeds.  Continue to combine the rest of your ingredients...& enjoy.  

For the Floral Topper, I got creative.  I knew the flowers would be on the cake for a few hours & wanted them to stay as fresh as possible.  By taking plastic drinking straws & folding them in half, I was able to create tiny individual vases that were easily inserted into the top of the cake.  I placed the straws using varying heights & began to place my flowers within.  After a little rearranging & a few snips of the straws to adjust the height once inserted, we were left with the sweetest Floral Topped Naked Cake.  The perfect centerpiece to Chloe's Garden Party.

Cake Stand: Minted // Wooden Number: BHLDN

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  1. That is gorgeous and what a lovely idea!

  2. Lovely, Kristin. Such a special cake for a special girl :)

  3. I love this idea as my girls are not huge fans of a ton of icing!

  4. Love this cake! So cute, and love the topper!!! Great idea. Less frosting means more ice cream. :)

  5. This is such a brilliant idea!!! I Have done naked mini cupcakes before (basically the cupcake de-wrapped and cut in half with frosting in the middle) and I can't believe I never thought of it for a large cake! This cake was gorgeous!

  6. Just love your style. It makes me smile. : ) How did you load the screensaver?

  7. I've had this idea tucked away for a baby shower that I'm planning, and I CANNOT wait to do it! I love your creative flower idea. I'm also DIY-ing a cake topper that I found on BHLDN! Great minds ;)

  8. Love the way it turned out! Thanks for sharing the frosting recipe! Strawberry buttercream
    Enough said!

  9. That is just beautiful! You have so many talents :)

  10. arranged the flowers using straws to hold them upright?!!?! Of course you did, because it's genius.

  11. So beautiful! I've always loved these naked cakes and your gorgeous flowers really take the cake (pun intended!) on this one! Love it!

  12. Such a beautiful cake! Love the "four" topper too!


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