22 Jan It’s time to get naked!!!!! (wedding cakes)
Okay not us, well not me anyway, but the cake.
Naked and Semi-naked wedding cakes have boomed in popularity in recent years, and they ae still going strong. But there are a few things you need to think about with them, especially the fully naked cakes.
I touch on this in my Ts&Cs because there can be issues with fully naked cakes.
Now I’m not trying to put you off getting naked on your wedding day ? heaven forbid!! And I’m not trying to put you off having a naked cake, the are very cute.
However, they can also dry out rather quickly, especially on hot summer days. Yes, even in the UK! So this needs to be kept in mind when thinking of going naked. How long will you want the cake to sit out on display before cutting and eating? A couple of hours? Then you’re fine. All day and into the evening? Hmmmm….. might want to think about giving your wedding cake some underwear.
And this is where the semi-naked cake is perfect. It’s giving your naked cake a thin skim of buttercream on the outside, the cake still shows through, but there’s enough cover to give some protection. It also looks super pretty, and the buttercream can be tinted a variety of colours. It also means you can have any combination of cake flavours, and the cakes won’t look mismatched. So you can have Vanilla, Red Velvet and Chocolate all together for example.
There is also a third option. And that is to have a full coating of buttercream. This is perfect for anyone who really dislikes fondant (sugar paste) but doesn’t want the rustic look of the semi-naked. Buttercream is surprisingly versatile too. You can tint it different colours as I’ve already mentioned. You can airbrush it to make it shimmer, you can texture it in dozens of ways, or you can have it glass smooth.
A good buttercream will form a ‘crust’ once dry, and this is a good thing. This is what will protect your cake from drying out. A buttercream cake can also be refrigerated. Fondant cakes can be too, but they will need to be out of the fridge a good hour before they are needed, as condensation can form on the fondant as it comes back to room temperature. This is perfectly normal, and nothing to worry about, but will be sticky if your try to move it before it’s dried.
So a few quick pointers:
Naked cakes are best kept covered for as long as possible, and left out for as short a time as possible.
Semi-naked cakes are fine left out on display as long as needed, but not by a heater or direct sunlight (this applies to any cake anyway.)
Buttercream cakes are a great alternative to fondant.
All can happily be kept in the fridge without issue.