Wedding Cake Trends: Most Beautiful Semi-Naked & Naked Wedding Cake Styles

What started in 2013 as a unique rustic wedding cake idea is now trendier than ever. Semi-naked and naked wedding cakes witnessed great success and every bride (and guest!) wanted a piece of them. Naked wedding cake styles evolved with time from unrefined to delicious, delicate, and beautiful wedding cakes that can be adapted to all styles and themes.

Before we start inspiring you with the most beautiful naked wedding cake images, let’s talk about the difference between naked and semi-naked wedding cakes.
A naked cake is made of layers of sponge cake with fillings but has no buttercream, ganache, fondant, or sugar paste covering it at all. The completely bare look is what earned this cake the name “naked.”
A semi-naked cake is a naked cake but covered with a thin layer of buttercream or ganache while making sure there are always bits that are showing.

Cake: Forty Two Cakes | Photo: Shae Estella Photo | Styling & Florals: Wren & Rabbit | Venue: Poachers Pantry

Now that we have covered naked wedding cakes (no pun intended), let’s get you inspired with the most delicious and beautiful semi-naked and naked wedding cake ideas and decor.

Boho and Rustic Naked Wedding Cake Ideas

The terms “rustic wedding cake” and “naked wedding cake design” are often used interchangeably. Naked cake designs often fall under the rustic wedding theme simply because of their raw designs and earthy feel. Boho naked wedding cakes on the other hand, will use the basics of rustic cakes but may also include florals, branches and other elements that are specific to the boho-chic wedding genre like pampas and nude colors.

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Cake: The Baker’s Wife | Photo: Kathi & Chris Photography | Styling: Pretty Factory
Photo: Hannah Grace Photography | Planner + Florist: Southern Productions | Cakes: Church Street Cakery
Photo: Crystal Strokes | Cake: Sky’s The Limit!

Classic and Simple Naked Wedding Cake Ideas

A semi-naked or naked wedding cake design can also be elegant and simple. It’s all about the elements you choose to decorate it with. Think blooms (especially white booms) for a pretty floral naked wedding cake or even ribbons for extra understated sophistication!

Photo: Lottie Ettling Photography
Cake: Juniper Cakery
Cake: Cake Ink
Cake: Cake Ink
Photo courtesy of Painted Primrose

Naked Cakes with fruits

Pretty, fun, and fresh vibes are guaranteed when your naked or semi-naked wedding cake is decorated with fruits.
Real fruits are a great way to add color (and flavors) to your naked wedding cake! Make sure to match your fruity decoration with the current season for that extra touch.

Cake: Food Duchess
Cakes: Lael Cakes
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Naked Cakes with Dried Flowers and Leaves

When going for this semi-naked wedding cake style, think of using dainty dried flowers, colorful petals, lavender, gypsophila…you get the drift! You’ll end up with a gorgeous cake while maintaining that natural feel that comes with bare cakes.

Cake: Mia Stav Cakes | Photo: Janelle Rose Photography | Planning: Blue Fancy Events
Cake: Soul Cake
Cake: Palermo’s Bakery | Photo: Sarah Brookhart Photography | Florals: Blue Jasmine Floral
Cake: Johnson’s Custom Cakes & More | Coordinator: Plan Perfectly | Photo: Chelsey Boatwright Photography
Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes
Cake: Soul Cake

Naked Mini wedding Cakes

Whatever the shape or style, a mini wedding cake will definitely be a crowd-pleaser! Nothing is cuter than having these tiny and very pretty naked wedding cakes served on your plate or even offered to your guests as delicious edible wedding favors!

Cakes: Emmas Lieblingsstücke
Cakes: I Love Cakes
Cakes: Less Than Perfect Life Of Bliss
Cakes: Less Than Perfect Life Of Bliss

Bright & Colorful Cake designs

Make a (happy) statement with these colorful naked wedding cake ideas! Hot pink, yellow, and orange are surprising colors for wedding cakes in general and naked cakes in particular, but when tastefully styling them, you will end up with some real stunners!

Cake: Zoe Clark Cakes
Photo: Kate Nielen Photography
Cake: Loria Stern

Pastel Naked Wedding Cake Palettes

Sweet, delicate and poetic pastel tones reflect romance all the way! Pastel hues, whether monochrome or mixed with matching shades will give that extra layer of pretty to your semi-naked wedding cake!

Cake: Two Little Cats Bakery | Photo: Sophie Stimpson
Cake: Hummingbird Bakery
Cake: Kvaltine Torty
Photo  via Fab Mood
Cake:  Jackson Cake Company | Photo: La Vie Photography

Semi-naked and Naked Chocolate Cake Designs

Chocolate and cake may just be the best combination ever! While chocolate cake is not a common wedding cake flavor (especially when it comes to naked cakes), when you see the below styles, you will definitely want your own version of a chocolate wedding cake!

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Photo: Karen Flower Photography | Flowers: Parsley and Rose | Cake – Blueberry Hill Cakes

Naked Wedding Cakes with succulents

Lately succulents have become a big wedding trend, so why not add them to your wedding cakes? Your naked wedding cake topped with succulents will surely surprise your guests and guarantee a lasting impact!

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Photo: Karina Leonenko photography | Cake: Croquelino
Photo courtesy of Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Unique Wedding Cake Designs

These wedding cakes will definitely earn their seat on your dessert table! These gorgeous yet out-of-the-box takes on naked cakes will have your guests in awe with their special designs, flavors and textures.

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Cake: Melanie Rowe Catering
Cake: Crisan Bakery | Photo: Spanglish Studios | Coorddinator: Royal Lace Bridal

Metallic Naked Wedding Cakes

Nothing elevates a regular cake like metallic shades. So just imagine adding copper, silver, or rose gold touches to your naked cake. Think small scattered gold foils all over or a half-covered naked cake with shiny colors. Talk about a jaw-dessert table!

Cake: Lily Make Cake Design
Photo: Frances Carlisle | Styling:  Fairly Vintage | Florals: The Flower Bird | Cake:  Cakes by Yolk
Cake: Coppelia Cake Design
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop
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I guess by now we can all agree that naked wedding cake designs guarantee a very pleasant (and mouthwatering) surprise! Who knew there could be so many gorgeous options to choose from!

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