Short on time but long on promises (no really, that’s a thing)? We’ve got you covered.
As per usual we’re running around like crazy people this week, and since I hate to leave you hanging and I have yet to finish half my Christmas crafts (Justin is very pleased about the mess of our dining room, let me tell you) I felt it was fitting to dig out an old post with the same theme: what to do when you need a last minute “dessert”, and birthday cake is too weird and you don’t have time for anything else. If you’ve never experience this, I’m jealous. I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve remembered last minute I promised a dessert to a backyard BBQ or Sunday brunch, and a legit cake seems weird and cupcakes seem impossible. Enter, the naked cake. First of all, it’s trendy right now so people might assume you MEANT to bring a naked cake all along. Two, naked cakes are so easy it’s sad. You can literally not try at all and it looks like you aimed for something rustic chic. It’s pathetic – but perfect for last minute quick fixes.
So not only am I sharing my favourite things to toss on a naked cake (and doesn’t that just sum that all up) BUT I’m also showing you my new favourite trick – how to FAKE a naked cake.
Okay, so people will tell you that naked cakes are easy, and they are, I agree. But they also require ingredients that, lets face it, you aren’t going to the store for an hour before you have to leave for a bbq. You’re a bad person, you forgot dessert, blah blah, here’s your plan.
Now, pretty much everyone (or their neighbour) has whip cream. And the best part of whip cream is its so light and airy, people don’t feel guilty eating it. So substitute icing for whip cream and you get the same level of sweetness, with less calories and more fluff. Someone asked me if this melts. I don’t know. If it’s helpful, I made this cake for a pool party in August and it stayed completely normal and whip-cream like for the entire time, so I’m going to say no.
Anyways, you can use normal cake or sponge cake for this. If you’re short on time, you’re going to use a regular old cake mix cake, and that’s fine. We don’t judge here. Now I baked two boxes worth, in three separate sizes. It’s hard to tell in this picture, but each cake is stacked like a tier. This gives you a “shelf” to decorate.
Once you stack your cake, sprinkle some icing sugar on top. You don’t NEED this, but it looks pretty!
Now, some things that looks great on naked cakes: fruit and flowers. I made one once (oh god, the truth about how many times I fake complicated naked cakes is coming out) with strawberries and chocolate chips and it looked AMAZING. You can also use different size fruits, but apparently when I took these pictures I only had raspberries and blueberries. Ironically my least favourite fruits, so we can only assume I was extra desperate that day.
If you have time (and naked cakes are perfect on-purpose too!) you can get/make pretty floral crowns, or buy some inexpensive faux ones from Michaels or the dollar store, and cut your cake to fit perfectly inside the crown. I’m pre-planning a holiday brunch naked cake with cranberry and fir wreaths on each tier, and I found them for $1.50 at Dollarama in two different sizes, perfect for a cake.
And that’s it! You know what they say, fake it till you make it, or as we like to say, fake it till they assume you did it on purpose!