I'm doing something totally different around here today. My extremely talented friend, Joanna Meyer from Baked By Joanna, is here to show you all how to make a naked cake. I asked her to do a tutorial for you all because let's face it, the one I did for my Garden Party Bridal Shower wasn't the greatest. I really wanted a professional to show you all (and me ;-) how to make a gorg Naked Cake. So friends, meet my friend Joanna!
3 8-inch cakes, semi-frozen*
1 plastic icing bag
fruit or decorative foliage
cake stand or plate
*If using a boxed cake mix, purchase 2 boxes, prepare it according to the instructions, divide the batter equally between 3 8-inch cake pans that have been lightly sprayed with nonstick spray and bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
**If using pre-made icing, 2 containers will be plenty.
Using a serrated knife, level the tops of each cake layer by cutting off the domed area. Discard the removed section of the cake or save to make cake pops.
Place one cake layer on a cake stand or plate. To secure the cake in place, a small dollop of frosting can be placed on the stand or plate prior to adding the first layer.
Fill an icing bag with the frosting, twist the open end shut and use a pair of scissors to cut a small opening at the triangular end of the bag. The cut should be approximately the size of a dime.
Pipe the frosting around the edge of the cake layer to create a border.
Then fill the middle with more frosting.
Top with another layer of cake and repeat the frosting steps. When placing the final cake layer on top, flip the cake upside down so the bottom is the top of the cake.
Ice the cake with the remainder of the frosting and use a spatula to spread it evenly across the top.
Finish the cake with fruit or foliage, such as flowers or succulents.
Photos Courtesy of Joanna Meyer
It was kind of fun having a guest here (especially one as talented as Joanna) ... don't ya think?