Naked Cake

Baking By juljenki Updated 30 Jan 2021 , 12:20am by jchuck

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juljenki Posted 26 Jan 2021 , 1:25am
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Hello I’m in charge of my granddaughters naked wedding cake. The wedding is in Central California in the middle of August. Any suggestions to keep it from drying out and Also cake & filling flavors. The colors are Sage green& white. I am making everything  for the sweet table too. Any suggestions for sweets that won’t melt in the heat??  Is it possible to make the cake layers colored or would that look awful. I need some inspiration and you guys have always come to my side. Thanks in advance.

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SandraSmiley Posted 26 Jan 2021 , 3:13am
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I've heard people say that brushing simple syrup on the outer surface of a naked cake helps keep it from drying out.  Is it a completely baked cake or can it be near naked, with just a skimpy bit of buttercream on the sides?  If you can do the skimpy crumb coat, that will help seal in moisture too.  I would think any flavors the couple likes would be fine.  I would keep it simple and safer in the heat by using buttercream between the layers.  A near naked cake with a light touch of white buttercream would be gorgeous adorned with succulents, either sugar paste or real.  Green grapes, green apples and sliced kiwi would be pretty too.

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-K8memphis Posted 26 Jan 2021 , 5:46pm
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just brainstorming w/you

well idk but i would want to do something pistachio although i guess that's not exactly sage, it's a tad brighter but it's close for food -- and it's prettier to be eating it y'know -- i was poking around looking for inspiration and i saw this pistachio and rosewater cake -- and it sounds pretty cool to me -- don't know if you would use the recipe or makeup something but if you go to:

Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi – Kitchen Arts & Letters (kitchenartsandletters.com)

and it's about the third click over -- and you can open up the page to see the full thing -- it's from a cookbook that's for sale

raspberry is big w/pistachio -- but i think i would want to use a bit of pink to compliment the sage green rather than full on red but that's just my thoughts -- if refrigeration is not an issue( because you have to keep mousse cold) but i would do a raspberry mousse to tone down the red to a pretty pretty pink -- but incorporating the rose petal thing i think is amazing -- or a few soft pink pearls -- or both blush

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-K8memphis Posted 26 Jan 2021 , 5:46pm
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is the cake table going to be outdoors?

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-K8memphis Posted 26 Jan 2021 , 5:50pm
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holy moley -- heavenly sounding -- and she gives you a pistachio buttercream

Chocolate Pistachio Raspberry Cake | Ana's Baking Chronicles

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-K8memphis Posted 26 Jan 2021 , 5:55pm
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^^^ ana, the author of the recipe is from croatia -- that's kinda cool --

reading her recipe made me remember to add -- and if you do something raspberry please strain the seeds out -- it's real easy -- i've seen some posters say you don't have to -- but you do -- which i'm sure you already knew that -- just running my cake mouth sweat_smile

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juljenki Posted 27 Jan 2021 , 8:46pm
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Thanks everyone I will certainly Ck out the recipes given. They sound wonderful. The cake will have a skim coat of frosting so that should help from drying out. I am thinking the cake will be inside not sure if air conditioned or not. I love the succulent idea not sure the bride will agree. Is there a site tutorial on how to make the succulents??? Thanks again everyone.

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SandraSmiley Posted 28 Jan 2021 , 2:32am
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If you enter Gumpaste Succulent Tutorial in your search bar, a whole bunch of different tutorials come up.  I started to post a link for one, but why not check out all of them.  They are not super long.  

You could mix succulents with other flowers, if she was looking for a second color.

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jchuck Posted 30 Jan 2021 , 12:20am
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I’ve made a couple of naked cakes. One was my son’s wedding cake. I coated the outside with sugar syrup twice, letting dry in between. I did a light coating of buttercream on the outside. Was a very hot September day, outside wedding. Thankfully the venue, a renovated barn had AC.

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