Naked Wedding Cake

In this recipe tutorial, I will walk you through step-by-step how to bake, assemble, decorate, and transport a naked wedding cake! This naked wedding cake is made using my easy vanilla cake recipe and my easy buttercream recipe!
↓ Recipe ↓ Video Never Miss A Cake
Total Time: 2 hrs
Serves: 36 servings
naked wedding cake decorated with flowers

This trendy naked wedding cake has a classic rustic style and tastes delicious thanks to my popular easy vanilla cake recipe and easy buttercream frosting. You can learn to make this even if you’ve never made a wedding cake before! Plus tips and tricks for stable stacking and applying fresh flowers safely. No one will know how easy this naked wedding cake was to make because it looks so beautiful and professional!

A naked wedding cake is much easier to put together than a standard wedding cake because you don’t have to worry about that final layer of buttercream. Overall, the key to a beautiful naked wedding cake is using good cake pans to make nice straight cake layers and using a bench scraper to get the sides nice and straight.

Here is a link to all the tools and equipment you will need to make a naked wedding cake. Nothing fancy but you’ll definitely need a few things before you get started.

equipment on table

Naked Wedding Cake Ingredients

Buttermilk: This cake calls for buttermilk. Why does it use buttermilk? Buttermilk works to break down the gluten in the all-purpose flour and is what will give your naked wedding cake a velvety, soft texture.

If you do not have buttermilk, you can create your own buttermilk substitute to achieve a tender, naked wedding cake texture.

Pasteurized egg whites: This easy buttercream frosting recipe calls for pasteurized egg whites. Pasteurization is what makes eggs safe to eat without cooking.

If you can’t find pasteurized egg whites, you can pasteurize them yourself and just use the egg whites. NOTE: all eggs in the USA are already pasteurized so you can use shelled egg whites separated from the yolk as well.

Cake Terminology

If you’ve never made a naked wedding cake or any kind of cake, you might be curious about some of these terms we are about to talk about. I hope I covered them all but if not, feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll try to answer your question as soon as I can.

  • Cake Layer – One single layer of cake.
  • Cake Tier – Usually made up of two or three layers of cake with frosting or filling in between and then covered in more frosting and sometimes other decor on the outside.
  • Cake cardboard – A cardboard round that is the same size as the cake tier and is placed under the tier to help support the weight of the cake if stacked and to allow you to move the tiers around as you’re working on the cake.
  • Cake Supports – Thick milkshake straws or sometimes dowels that are cut to the same height as the cake tier and are used to support the weight of the cake teir stacked on top. Without cake supports, the cake tier above will crush the cake tier below.
  • Cake Board – A thick cardboard drum or cake platter that is used to support all the wedding cake tiers. A thin cardboard will not suffice and could bend during transport and also doesn’t look that great.

How to Calculate How Much Cake You Need

styrofoam cake tiers numbered

Not sure how many servings of cake you will need? No problem, you can download my free cake calculation guide and cake cutting chart or take a look at the image above. Each number represents roughly how many servings of cake you will get from each tier.

Making The Cake Layers

  1. First, preheat the oven to 335ºF (168ºC).
  2. Prepare two 8” cake pans with cake goop or another pan release.
  3. Then, measure out all of your ingredients using a digital kitchen scale and make sure your eggs, milk and butter are all room temperature or even a little on the warm side so everything mixes together properly. ingredients in clear bowls surrounding digital kitchen scale
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine together the buttermilk, melted butter, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Your wet ingredients should all be slightly warm. I microwave my buttermilk for about 30 seconds and place my eggs (still in the shell) in a bowl of warm water.easy vanilla cake wet ingredients
  5. Next, in the bowl of your stand mixer using a paddle attachment, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Let the mixer slowly combine for a few seconds.easy vanilla cake dry ingredients
  6. While the mixer is on low, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.adding wet ingredients into dry ingredients
  7. Then, turn the mixer up to medium speed and mix until the batter is combined. Scrape the bowl to make sure all of the ingredients are combined.
  8. Let the batter mix on medium speed for 1 minute. It should look kind of like pancake batter.close up of easy vanilla cake batter
  9. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and place them into the oven on a middle rack.pouring cake batter into the cake pan
  10. Bake the cakes for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Finally, allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes and flip out onto a cooling rack. If you plan to frost and decorate the cake on the same day, you can place the cakes into the freezer unwrapped for about an hour or until they are cold (but not frozen). PRO TIP: If you plan to decorate your cake at a later date, then you will wrap the cakes in plastic wrap first before placing them in the freezer.two vanilla cakes cooling on a rackcake wrapped in plastic wrap

Easy Buttercream Instructions

This is my favorite buttercream recipe. It is a mock swiss meringue recipe and isn’t too sweet. It doesn’t crust and is a huge hit with people who say they don’t even like buttercream!

  1. First, place the egg whites and the powdered sugar in a stand mixer bowl. Attach the whisk and combine the ingredients on low, and then whip them on high for 4-5 minutes (until shiny) to dissolve the powdered sugar.close up of egg whites and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl
  2. Then, add in the salt and the vanilla extract. If you are adding in any food coloring, this is the point where you would do that. PRO TIP: Use a toothpick to transfer 1-2 drops of food coloring to your frosting to avoid putting too much color in your buttercream.
  3. Next, add in your softened butter piece-by-piece, and whip it with the whisk attachment to combine. It will look curdled at first. This is definitely normal. It will also look pretty yellow. Keep whipping.adding butter to buttercream mixture
  4. If your buttercream looks curdled, remove about 2 cups of buttercream and melt it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds until it is just barely melted. Then, pour it back into the whipping buttercream to bring it all together.close up of cold buttercreampouring melted buttercream back into the mixer
  5. Optional: Add in 2 tiny specks of purple food coloring to make the buttercream whiter. You can use any food coloring you want, but if you want my recommendation, I use Chef Master gel food coloring. Use code “SUGARGEEKTEN” to get 10% off your order!
  6. Then, whip it on high with the whisk attachment for 8-10 minutes until the buttercream is white, light, and shiny. Taste test the buttercream. If it tastes like sweet ice cream, then it’s ready!close up of whipped buttercream
  7. Finally, switch to a paddle attachment and mix the buttercream on low speed for up to 15-20 minutes to make the buttercream ultra smooth and remove any air bubbles. Ultimately, this step is optional. But, if you want really creamy frosting, then you don’t want to skip this final step.close up of mixed buttercream

Preparing Cake Tiers

  1. First, trim off the dome of your cake layers. Do not trim off the sides of the cake. If you trim off the sides of the cake, then your cake will lose moisture quicker since this is a naked cake and the sides won’t be covered in buttercream.trimming cake dome
  2. Then, trim your cake boards to be a little bit smaller than the width of the cake. I made mine 1/2″ smaller.trimming cake board with scissors
  3. Apply a small amount of tape to your turntable, and then place your cake board on top. This will keep the cake board from sliding around.hands placing a piece of tape down
  4. Next, place your cake on top of the cake board.hands holding cake
  5. Spread a thin layer of buttercream on top of the cake using an offset spatula. The layer of buttercream should be between 1/4″ to 1/2” thick. When smoothing out the buttercream onto the cake, keep the buttercream as level as possible (i.e. avoid large bumps of buttercream).spatula smoothing buttercream on top of cake
  6. Then, repeat this process with the second cake layer, and then add your final layer of cake on top.hands placing the second cake layerhands touching top cake layer
  7. Spread a very thin layer of buttercream around the sides and top of the cake. This thin layer will seep into the small air bubbles of the cake and help seal in the moisture.hand holding cake tier partially frostedcake tiers covered in buttercream frosting
  8. Next, use a bench scraper to remove the buttercream from the sides of the cake.bench scraper removing buttercream from sides of cake tiers
  9. Finally, use a spatula to smooth out the buttercream on top of the cake.spatula on top of frosted cake
  10. Repeat this process as needed for any additional layers of cake you have left depending on how many tiers your naked wedding cake has.
  11. Place your cake tiers into the fridge for at least an hour before stacking. I typically refrigerate my cakes overnight before assembly to give them time to settle which can help prevent cracking in your buttercream later.

Assembling the Naked Wedding Cake

  1. Download my cake support guide to help get you started!
  2. Begin with your bottom cake tier in front of you.
  3. Grab the cake pan you used that is the same size as the smaller cake tier you want to stack on top of your bottom cake tier. Place the smaller cake pan right on top of the bottom tier so that the cake pan is sitting on top of the buttercream.
  4. Use a spatula to trace along the edge of the cake pan to mark a line. This will show you where you need to place your straws and skewers to support the weight of the next cake tier.cake pan on top of cake tier and knife tracing the cake pan
  5. Place a straw through the top of the bottom tier cake right in the center. After you’ve placed the straw through the cake tier, move your thumb to the spot where the top of the cake ends and then use scissors to trim off the excess straw. You don’t want to see any straw popping out of the top of the cake.inserting a straw into the center of the top of a caketrimming a straw with scissors
  6. Then, use the trimmed straw as a guide to cut all of your remaining straws so they are all the same height as the cake tier.trimming the height of straws with scissors
  7. Next, stick your straws through your cake about 1/4″ inward from the line you created using the cake pan in a circle. If you’re unsure how many straws you need, generally, you need 1 straw per inch of cake you’re needing to support (i.e. for a 6” cake, you need 6 straws as supports beneath it to keep the top cake from collapsing).pushing straw into cakestraws inserted all the way down into top layer of cake
  8. Then, after you’ve placed the straws, use a spatula to smooth buttercream over the top to hide the straw holes.
  9. Now you are ready to place your smaller cake tier on top of the bottom (larger) cake tier.hands placing cake tiers on top of cake
  10. Make sure the cake tier is centered, and then insert a skewer through the center of the top cake tier. Place the skewer all of the way inside the cake (it will puncture the cake board and that is okay). Cover the spot where the skewer is with a little bit of buttercream and smooth it out.placing skewer into center of cake
  11. Repeat as needed until all of your cake tiers are stacked onto your cake.naked wedding cake on cake plate
  12. Place the cake in the refrigerator overnight until you need to deliver the cake to the wedding or event.

Packaging the Wedding Cake for Delivery

  1. You will need a box that is the same width as the the cake board. So if your cake board is 12″ then you will need a 12″ square box that is tall enough to fit your stacked cake. I usually get my boxes in bulk from ULINE in common sizes so I have them on hand or you can buy one at a time from FedEX.
  2. First, you trim your box to create a flap on one side. Use an X-acto blade to cut downwards along 2 corners of the box, and then bend that side downward to create a flap where your cake will enter in and out of the box. hand trimming cardboard box with knife
  3. If you have a piece of cardboard on the bottom that is sticking up where your cake is going to be, use a piece of tape to stick it down. placing tape inside of cardboard box
  4. Next, carefully slide your cake on top of the flap and into the cardboard box. naked cake inside cardboard box
  5. If your cake is taller than your cardboard box, then you can move the box flaps upward and use tape to join the flaps with the corners so the box becomes taller. tape on cardboard box
  6. Want additional coverage on top? You can cover the exposed top of the box with some plastic wrap to protect the cake. This is especially helpful if it’s a windy day and you’re worried about dust, debris, or rain getting on the cake.
  7. Now your cake is ready to travel to the venue! When you arrive at the wedding and it’s time to unbox your cake, remove the tape from the box and slide it out and move it to the cake table. 

Decorating Your Cake with Fresh Flowers Safely

Interested in what types of flowers are best for a wedding cake? Check out my friend Shani’s very comprehensive downloadable book on the subject.

  1. Now that you’ve arrived at the wedding venue and it’s time to decorate the cake with flowers. Flowers are typically provided by the florist and are aleady at the venue by the time you arrive. If you are buying your own flowers, I like to get mine from places like Trader Joes that have a big assortment of flowers for making bouquets.
  2. Use a small amount of buttercream to fill in any gaps where the cake tiers meet and along the bottom of the cake tier on the cake plate. Smooth out the buttercream you added. piping buttercream on bottom of cakehand smoothing buttercream on cake
  3. First, prepare your fresh flowers by trimming them down so that you have about 2”-3” of stem. Remove any of the bad petals that appear bruised. fresh flowershand holding fresh flower stemshand holding small flower by the stem
  4. Then, wrap all of your flower and plant stems in plastic wrap. This will keep the water from the flower trapped inside of the stem which will not only keep the flowers fresh for longer, but it will protect the cake from being contaminated by the plant. wrapping flower stem with plastic wrap
  5. Next, insert your flower that is wrapped in plastic wrap into a straw. pink flower inside a straw next to cake
  6. Insert the straw into the cake where you want the flower to sit. If you find yourself hitting the cardboard, take the straw out of the cake and remove the flower from the straw and trim it down and try again. close up of flower on naked wedding cake
  7. Then, repeat until you have decorated your cake with flowers and plants to your liking.close up of flowers on naked wedding cakenaked wedding cake decorated with flowersnaked wedding cake decorated with flowers

FAQ

What is inside a naked cake?

Naked cakes are made up of layers of cake stacked between buttercream or ganache.

What is the difference between a naked cake and a semi-naked cake?

A naked cake is made up of cake layers that are entirely exposed on the sides. A semi-naked cake has a thin layer of buttercream along the sides added and then scraped off to have a semi-transparent edge exposing the sides of the cake.

Will naked cakes dry out?

No, they will not dry out. If you are baking your cakes and storing them until you are ready to frost and stack them, wrap them in plastic wrap to trap the moisture and keep the cakes moist. You can also brush a layer of simple syrup on the outside of the cakes before frosting them to help keep them moist.

How do I cut and serve a wedding cake?

Start by removing all of the flowers and set them aside. Then, take the top cake tier off of the bottom tier and place it in front of you. PRO TIP: Keep your cake cutting knife warm by warming it up with a glass of warm water. Your cake will cut a lot easier if the knife is hot.

Slice the front of the cake about 1” thick. Let the slice fall onto a plate or cutting board. Cut into 2” Thick pieces. Watch my video on how to cut a wedding cake.

Expert Tips

  • Download my straw support cake guide to get started! 
  • Bake your cakes 2 days before the wedding or event. For instance, if your event is on Saturday, then bake your cakes on Thursday. On Friday, focus on frosting and stacking the cakes. Then, when Saturday comes, all you’ll need to focus on is delivering the cake to its final destination and then adding in any fresh flowers after you arrive at the venue. 
  • In the long run, a chilled cake is going to transfer much easier than a freshly frosted cake. Ultimately, this is why it’s crucial to take several days to prepare the wedding cake so you can freeze or refrigerate your frosted and stacked cake until it is ready to travel to the event. 
  • Generally speaking, when you are choosing what flowers to use to decorate your cake, think about how big the cake is. If you don’t have a huge cake, then you don’t want huge flowers. Think about the ratio of how big a flower looks on a cake tier, and use a little bit of greenery in addition to colorful flowers. Ultimately, use the bouquet/boutonniere as your guide to decide what flowers to include and how much. When in doubt, stick with the rule of 3s (three of the same flower, three types of flowers/plants, groups of three grouped together, etc).
naked wedding cake decorated with flowers

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Naked Wedding Cake

In this recipe tutorial, I will walk you through step-by-step how to bake, assemble, decorate, and transport a naked wedding cake! This naked wedding cake is made using my easy vanilla cake recipe and my easy buttercream recipe!
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Print Rate Never Miss A Cake
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Decorating: 1 hr
Total Time: 2 hrs
Serves: 36 servings
Calories: 680kcal

Ingredients

Naked Wedding Cake

  • 32 ounces (907 g) all purpose flour
  • 32 ounces (907 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 (300 g) large eggs room temperature
  • 10 ounces (284 g) vegetable oil
  • 20 ounces (567 g) buttermilk room temperature
  • 8 ounces (227 g) melted unsalted butter (melted, but not hot)
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Easy Vanilla Buttercream

  • 48 ounces (1361 g) unsalted butter room temperature. You can use salted butter, but it will affect the taste and you need to leave out additional salt.
  • 48 ounces powdered sugar sifted if not from a bag
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces (340 g) pasteurized egg whites room temperature
  • 2 TINY drops purple food coloring (optional) for whiter frosting

Equipment

Instructions

Making the Naked Wedding Cake Batter

  • First, preheat the oven to 335ºF (168ºC).
  • Prepare two 8” cake pans with cake goop or another pan release.
  • Then, measure out all of your ingredients using a digital kitchen scale. You can mix the wet and dry ingredients separately for a finer texture, or just measure and add directly into the bowl of your stand mixer for fewer dishes.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine and mix together the buttermilk, butter, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Your wet ingredients should all be slightly warm. I microwave my buttermilk for about 30 seconds and place my eggs (still in the shell) in a bowl of warm water.
  • Next, in the bowl of your stand mixer using a paddle attachment, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Let the mixer slowly combine for a few seconds.
  • While the mixer is on low, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  • Then, turn the mixer up to medium speed and mix until the batter is combined. Scrape the bowl to make sure all of the ingredients are combined.
  • Let the batter mix on speed 2 for 1 minute. It should look kind of like pancake batter.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and place them into the oven on a middle rack.
  • Bake the cakes for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Finally, allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes and flip out onto a cooling rack. If you plan to frost and decorate the cake on the same day, you can place the cakes into the freezer unwrapped for about an hour or until they are cold (but not frozen). PRO TIP: If you plan to decorate your cake at a later date, then you will wrap the cakes in plastic wrap first before placing them in the freezer.

Easy Buttercream Instructions

  • First, place the egg whites and the powdered sugar in a stand mixer bowl. Attach the whisk and combine the ingredients on low, and then whip them on high for 4-5 minutes (until shiny) to dissolve the powdered sugar.
  • Then, add in the salt and the vanilla extract. If you are adding in any food coloring, this is the point where you would do that. PRO TIP: Use a toothpick to transfer 1-2 drops of food coloring to your frosting to avoid putting too much color in your buttercream.
  • Next, add in your softened butter piece-by-piece, and whip it with the whisk attachment to combine. It will look curdled at first. This is definitely normal. It will also look pretty yellow. Keep whipping.
  • If your buttercream looks curdled, remove about 1 cup of buttercream and melt it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds until it is just barely melted. Then, pour it back into the whipping buttercream to bring it all together.
  • Optional: Add in 2 drops of purple food coloring to make the buttercream whiter. You can use any food coloring you want, but if you want my recommendation, I use Chef Master gel food coloring. Use code “SUGARGEEKTEN” to get 10% off your order!
  • Then, whip it on high with the whisk attachment for 8-10 minutes until the buttercream is white, light, and shiny. Taste test the buttercream. If it tastes like sweet ice cream, then it's ready!
  • Finally, switch to a paddle attachment and mix the buttercream on low speed for up to 15-20 minutes to make the buttercream ultra smooth and remove any air bubbles. Ultimately, this step is optional. But, if you want really creamy frosting, then you don't want to skip this final step.

Preparing the Naked Wedding Cake Tiers

  • First, trim off the dome of your cake layers. Do not trim off the sides of the cake. If you trim off the sides of the cake, then your cake will lose moisture quicker since this is a naked cake and the sides won’t be covered in buttercream.
  • Then, trim your cake boards to be a little bit smaller than the width of the cake.
  • Apply a small amount of tape to your turntable, and then place your cake board on top. This will keep the cake board from sliding around.
  • Next, place your cake on top of the cake board.
  • Spread a thin layer of buttercream on top of the cake using an offset spatula. The layer of buttercream should be between 1/4″ to 1/2” thick. When smoothing out the buttercream onto the cake, keep the buttercream as level as possible (i.e. avoid large bumps of buttercream).
  • Then, repeat this process with the second cake layer, and then add your final layer of cake on top.
  • Spread a very thin layer of buttercream around the sides and top of the cake. This thin layer will seep into the small air bubbles of the cake and help seal in the moisture.
  • Next, use a bench scraper to remove the buttercream from the sides of the cake.
  • Finally, use a spatula to smooth out the buttercream on top of the cake.
  • Then, repeat this process as needed for any additional layers of cake you have left depending on how servings of cake you are making.
  • If you need to transfer your cake from your turntable to your cake stand, then use an offset spatula to carefully and gently lift one side of the cake so that you can get your fingers underneath it. Then, you can lift the cake by the cake board to move it to wherever it needs to go like the freezer for storage or moving it onto a cake stand.

Assembling the Naked Wedding Cake

  • Download my cake support guide to help get you started!
  • Begin with your bottom cake tier in front of you.
  • Grab the cake pan you used that is the same size as the smaller cake tier you want to stack on top of your bottom cake tier. Place the smaller cake pan right on top of the bottom tier so that the cake pan is sitting on top of the buttercream.
  • Use a spatula to trace along the edge of the cake pan to mark a line. This will show you where you need to place your straws and skewers to support the weight of the next cake tier.
  • Place a straw through the top of the bottom tier cake right in the center. After you’ve placed the straw through the cake tier, move your thumb to the spot where the top of the cake ends and then use scissors to trim off the excess straw. You don’t want to see any straw popping out of the top of the cake.
  • Then, use the trimmed straw as a guide to cut all of your remaining straws so they are all the same height as the cake tier.
  • Next, stick your straws through your cake about 1/4″ inward from the line you created using the cake pan in a circle. If you’re unsure how many straws you need, generally, you need 1 straw per inch of cake you’re needing to support (i.e. for a 6” cake, you need 6 straws as supports beneath it to keep the top cake from collapsing).
  • Then, after you’ve placed the straws, use a spatula to smooth buttercream over the top to hide the straw holes.
  • Now you are ready to place your smaller cake tier on top of the bottom (larger) cake tier.
  • Make sure the cake tier is centered, and then insert a skewer through the center of the top cake tier. Place the skewer all of the way inside the cake (it will puncture the cake board and that is okay). Cover the spot where the skewer is with a little bit of buttercream and smooth it out.
  • Repeat as needed until all of your cake tiers are stacked onto your cake.
  • Place the cake in the refrigerator overnight until you need to deliver the cake to the wedding or event.

Packaging the Wedding Cake for Delivery

  • You will need a box that is the same width as the bottom (largest) tier of your cake. For instance, if your bottom cake tier is 10” x 10”, you will use a 10” x 10” width cardboard box.
  • First, you trim your box to create a flap on one side. Use an X-acto blade to cut downwards along 2 corners of the box, and then bend that side downward to create a flap where your cake will enter in and out of the box.
  • If you have a piece of cardboard on the bottom that is sticking up where your cake is going to be, use a piece of tape to stick it down.
  • Next, carefully slide your cake on top of the flap and into the cardboard box.
  • If your cake is taller than your cardboard box, then you can move the box flaps upward and use tape to join the flaps with the corners so the box becomes taller.
  • Want additional coverage on top? You can cover the exposed top of the box with some plastic wrap to protect the cake. This is especially helpful if it’s a windy day and you’re worried about dust, debris, or rain getting on the cake.
  • Now your cake is ready to travel to the venue! When you arrive at the wedding and it’s time to unbox your cake, remove the tape from the box and slide it out and move it to the cake table.

Decorating Your Cake with Fresh Flowers Safely

  • Now that you’ve arrived at the wedding venue and it’s time to decorate the cake with flowers, use a small amount of buttercream to fill in any gaps where the cake tiers meet and along the bottom of the cake tier on the cake plate. Smooth out the buttercream you added.
  • First, prepare your fresh flowers by trimming them down so that you have about 2”-3” of stem. Remove any of the bad petals that appear bruised.
  • Then, wrap all of your flower and plant stems in plastic wrap. This will keep the water from the flower trapped inside of the stem which will not only keep the flowers fresh for longer, but it will protect the cake from being contaminated by the plant.
  • Next, insert your flower that is wrapped in plastic wrap into a straw.
  • Insert the straw into the cake where you want the flower to sit. If you find yourself hitting the cardboard, take the straw out of the cake and remove the flower from the straw and trim it down and try again.
  • Repeat until you have decorated your cake with flowers and plants to your liking.

Notes

Important Things To Note Before You Start:
  1. Download my straw support cake guide to get started! 
  2. Bake your cakes 2 days before the wedding or event. For instance, if your event is on Saturday, then bake your cakes on Thursday. On Friday, focus on frosting and stacking the cakes. Then, when Saturday comes, all you’ll need to focus on is delivering the cake to its final destination and then adding in any fresh flowers after you arrive at the venue. 
  3. In the long run, a chilled cake is going to transfer much easier than a freshly frosted cake. Ultimately, this is why it’s crucial to take several days to prepare the wedding cake so you can freeze or refrigerate your frosted and stacked cake until it is ready to travel to the event. 
  4. Generally speaking, when you are choosing what flowers to use to decorate your cake, think about how big the cake is. If you don’t have a huge cake, then you don’t want huge flowers. Think about the ratio of how big a flower looks on a cake tier, and use a little bit of greenery in addition to colorful flowers. Ultimately, use the bouquet/boutonniere as your guide to decide what flowers to include and how much. When in doubt, stick with the rule of 3s (three of the same flower, three types of flowers/plants, groups of three grouped together, etc).
  5. The best investment you can make when you’re getting started with baking is a digital kitchen scale! Weighing your ingredients will help you avoid cake failure. Using a kitchen scale for baking is super easy and gives you the best results every single time. 
  6. Practice Mise en Place (everything in its place). Measure out your ingredients ahead of time and have them ready before you start mixing to reduce the chances of accidentally leaving something out.
  7. Need more help with making your first cake? Check out my how to decorate your first cake blog post. 
  8. Make sure all of your cold ingredients (e.g. butter, eggs, milk) are at room temperature or a little warm. Why? Because we want to create an emulsion and allow the ingredients to fully mix together. 
  9. Make your own pan release (cake goop!) The best pan release ever! 
  10. If you want to add food coloring to this frosting, then you will add in any food coloring while you are mixing the egg whites with the powdered sugar (before you add in the butter). PRO TIP: Use a toothpick to transfer 1-2 drops of food coloring to your frosting to avoid putting too much color in your buttercream.
  11. You can use whichever food coloring you have, but if you want a recommendation I would suggest the Chef Master gel food coloring. Use code “SUGARGEEKTEN” to get 10% off your order!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 680kcal (34%) | Carbohydrates: 83g (28%) | Protein: 5g (10%) | Fat: 37g (57%) | Saturated Fat: 23g (115%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 124mg (41%) | Sodium: 346mg (14%) | Potassium: 83mg (2%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 63g (70%) | Vitamin A: 1250IU (25%) | Calcium: 42mg (4%) | Iron: 2mg (11%)
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