Rustic style “naked cakes” have been a huge hit for weddings, but now it’s the “half-dressed wedding cake” that’s set to take center stage.
Just a thin scraping of buttercream or frosting around the sides of the cake is all it takes to create this slightly more dressed up version of the earlier naked cake trend. It’s essentially the crumb coated version of a “naked cake”, with the skim of buttercream giving it the veneer of respectability being slightly less naked!
Aside from being even trendier, the half-dressed wedding cake has the advantage of keeping fresher for longer with the buttercream crumb coat sealing in the freshness. A semi dressed cake therefore doesn’t run the same risk of the cake layers drying out whilst on display that a fully naked cake might otherwise have.
If you or a loved one plans to make your wedding cake, you’ll find lot of different flavor ideas for your half dressed cake recipe in our Wedding Cake Recipes page here.
(See more naked wedding cake design inspiration in our feature: Naked Cakes – Woodsy & Floral)
Sweden’s Linda Lomelino has created a perfect example (above right) of the half dressed wedding cake finished with fresh garden flowers for a super summery look. To the right, we have another rustic beauty – a coconut tres leches cake – by Beth Kirby.
Style Sweet CA have created a luxuriant rustic style red velvet cake below, with just a smattering of buttercream to crumb-coat the sides to dress up this stylish cake.
Another beautiful tres leche cake below this time by baking blogger, M Bakes.
German baking blog, Toertchenzeit created the exquisite crumb-coated expresso and white chocolate semi dressed cake below.
Dolce Designs created the beautiful seasonal semi dressed cake below, adorned with burnt orange flowers and autumn berries.
For a winter wedding, frosted cranberries and rosemary sprigs make a wonderful garnish for the beautiful winter themed crumb-coated cakes below. Or you could substitute the cranberries for fresh raspberries for a summer dessert wedding cake. (Images via Pinterest.)
A beautiful naked strawberry shortcake wedding cake by Match Box Kitchen (below left) and a simple crumb-coated cake design with gold candles (via Juxtapost) below right.
Below, we have a soft pink crumb-coated “satellite cake” as part of a rustic wedding cake dessert display by Sweet Bloom Cakes, Australia.
The UK’s Dulcie Blue Bakery created the soft pastel beauty in blush pink and peach (below left), with a fabulous cherry blossom and lemon curd half-dressed wedding cake by Sweden’s Made By Mary (below right).
Two more examples of the half-dressed wedding cake trend – beautiful wedding cakes by Baker Mama (below right) and via Indulgy.com (below left).
Finally, a chic and unique mint cake by Australia’s All Things Sweet by Carissa dressed with spring fresh tulips (below left) and on the right an understated rustic style cake encircled in a garland of silvery foliage by Cake Delights (Jen + Ashley Photography via Burnett’s Boards).