Learning how to make a pink naked cake with flowers not only makes your cake on-trend but also will delight the person you are honoring. The big secret that you don’t need to tell anyone is that a naked cake is one of the easier cakes to decorate. Shh! Our secret!
Cake decorating has been a hobby of mine for quite some time. Not only do I love the creative process of designing cakes, but I also find so much joy in the ability to pass along my tips and tricks for helping you to create your own cakes.
Everyone loves to be honored by a cake specifically designed for them. It’s a labor of love.
How to Make a Pink Naked Cake with Flowers
Today I am going to walk you through the step-by-step process of how to make a pink naked cake with flowers. Of course, this naked cake skill translates to so many different cake designs. Below I will list some of the alternative ways to decorate a naked cake, or you can search Google images for more inspiration.
If you have any experience in baking cakes and frosting them using the crumb coat technique, you are on the right track and will find this process very easy.
I paired my favorite chocolate cake with a pink buttercream frosting. Once you try my buttercream, you won’t look for another. Setting the fuschia pink against the chocolate brown gave this cake a rich look.
This cake was made of four layers and was 8″ round. There was some leftover batter that I turned into cupcakes, but I doubled the chocolate cake recipe to be able to make a cake this size.
What You Need to Make a Pink Naked Cake with Flowers
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- Cake (see above for amount I used)
- Buttercream Frosting – I think it is important to do a great homemade buttercream as canned frosting is very grippy, and I find it pulls and tears the cake. It tastes so much better also!
- Fuschia Food Coloring – or a combo of pink and red until you get the color you want
- Cake Turn Table
- Icing Spatula
- 8″ cardboard cake round
- Flowers – I used some gorgeous lillies from my friends yard and then added in some dark green leaves and bloomed oregano from my own garden. Anyone know the name of the deep purple flowers I found at the store?
Here is everything you need:
U.S. Cake Supply 2.3-Ounce Liqua-Gel Cake Food Coloring FuchsiaAteco Revolving Cake Decorating Stand, Aluminum Turntable and Cast Iron Base with Non-Slip Pad, 12-InchCake Icing Spatula Set of 4 Packs(10Wilton 8-Inch Cake Circle, 12-Pack
How to Make a Pink Naked Cake with Flowers
- Bake your cake. You will want to 4 layers. I’d estimate each layer was 2″ tall. You want this cake to have some height. Going with a smaller 8″ round helps create the taller look. Many are intimidated by baking, but I encourage you to try homemade. Just be good at following directions, read the recipe all the way through before you start, and read my Cake Making 101 for my best tips.
- Make your buttercream. I did just a buttercream as the filling, but fresh fruit like blackberries or raspberries would be a great addition.
- On an 8″ cardboard cake round, stack cake, buttercream filling, cake, buttercream filling, cake, buttercream filling and then set the last cake layer on top. Before adding each layer, you will smooth the buttercream frosting so that each layer is flat and level. Bend down and check it out at eye level or even use a small level to make sure it isn’t tilting.
- Smooth a thin later of buttercream on the top of the cake.
- The final step in icing the cake is to do a very thin layer on the outer edge of the cake. You will want parts of the cake to show through, giving the semi-naked look. Everyone will have a different look they prefer as to how much cake shines through vs. how much frosting you see. I like mine about 50/50. One tip is to rinse of your cake spatula in warm water often.
- Decorating the cake was very simple. I took my largest flowers, the 4 lillies, and placed them first. Three were placed on the top of the cake, while one was at the base. Next, add in the flower fillers and blackberries.
This cake was made for my friend’s birthday. She loves Hawaii. Of course, these flowers aren’t exactly native Hawaiian, but I felt like it still had a bit of that island vibe. She loved it.
How do I Decorated a Naked Cake?
With a naked cake, there are so many different design options.
- Flowers, either real or artificial, are always gorgeous.
- Fresh fruit
- Frosting design on top
- Chocolate Ganache
- Oreos and Other Chocolates like this
- Word Toppers