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I’d (quite confidently) call myself an expert in cupcakes. I can whip up a batch and have them frosted with a pretty swirl design in no time. But cakes? Cakes are another story. The finished product all too often resembles something that the cat dragged in.

And so, I decided it was time to work on my gateau design skills, and find a way for that typical messy icing to actually add some charm to the design.

It’s called a Naked Cake. In case you haven’t been on Pinterest in a while, it’s probably the biggest trend in cakes right now. And lucky for me, it’s ridiculously easy to create.
Intrigued? Follow my easy steps to see how I pulled it off. New bakers are definitely welcome!

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First thing to do is gather the materials. Follow this recipe for your classic white cake, and this recipe for vanilla buttercream icing. You will need two batches of each.

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As for flowers to top the cake, I went for a bundle of white Freesias, and five roses in light pink, darker pink and yellow.

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You’ll have four cakes in total. With a serrated knife, cut off the top of each cake, so you’re left with a flat surface.

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Spoon a hefty amount of icing onto the surface of the bottom cake, and use a butter knife to carefully dab and spread it around. Be careful not to smear it or you’ll risk getting bits in the icing. When you’re finished one layer, turn the cake around to make sure it’s all covered. Then pile the next layer on top, and do the same.

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It’s okay to be a little messy! The icing shouldn’t be too perfect.

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Once all the cake tops have been frosted, it’s time to add the flowers. I started with the Freesias on the bottom, and placed the roses on top.

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After the roses, I added a few more Freesias in between the roses to make it full.

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And that’s it! The naked cake is perfect for wedding showers, baby showers, birthdays, and other celebratory events. Or if you’re like me, an ordinary Tuesday night.

headshot Renée Reardin is a lifestyle writer and stylist living in Toronto. To learn more about her, visit www.reneereardin.com, and follow her on Twitter @reneereardin.

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