Stacked layers of vanilla buttermilk cake filled with buttercream and decorated with fresh roses and million stars. The floral blooms give this naked vanilla cake a beautiful romantic look, making it perfect for weddings or birthdays.
Naked cakes have been a trend for a while now. The rustic, shabby chic look is so in. I have seen so many different types of naked cakes. It is a trend that has become very popular with lots of brides. Some naked cakes are decorated with fresh fruit, dripping chocolate or caramel. The cakes are artistry and look visually spectacular. Keep reading to find out how I made my naked floral vanilla cake.
For the cake I chose to go with a vanilla buttermilk cake. It is soft, fluffy and moist. Which is perfect we will not have the protection of the outer layer of buttercream which seals in freshness and moisture. To make sure the naked vanilla cake stays fresh, I would also suggest making the cake a day before you are planning to serve it.
I start off by greasing and lining the base of my round tins. I always recommend this for easy removal of cake. We need the cakes perfect because there won’t be any buttercream to hide any imperfections.
Beat your sugar and room temperature butter until nice and fluffy. Then add in eggs, followed by flour, baking powder, salt and buttermilk.
Evenly distribute batter between prepared cake tins. The layers are going to be exposed , so you want each one to be almost equal height. I use measuring cups and a scale to make sure each tin has the same amount of cake batter.
Another tip I have for getting my cakes level is to wrap the cake tin with damp strips of kitchen cloths. If you want to splash out, you can purchase baking strips. I personally have never used them , because so far the strips of kitchen cloths work perfectly. LOL.
Bake the vanilla sponges in a pre-heated over for 20-25 minutes. Run a knife carefully along the sides of the pan and then leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then invert onto rack gently, discard parchment paper and cool completely. Before trimming the top of the cake, I would suggest wrapping and chilling it for about 1 hour. It is easier to trim cold cakes.
Another tip from keeping the cake from drying out is to brush it with a little sugar syrup. This is to help keep some moisture in the cake. To make sugar syrup, use equal amounts of sugar and water, and bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature and brush over cakes.
I chose to use a stable buttercream to fill the vanilla buttermilk cake. If you don’t fancy vanilla buttercream, you can go with chocolate ganache or swiss meringue or any buttercream flavour of your choice.
Once the cake is iced, chill the cake in fridge for at least 1 hour and run a sharp knife around the cake to cut away any excess buttercream that may be bulging out the side of the cake.
Dress the naked vanilla cake with flowers of your choice. I went with roses and million stars. If you aren’t using organic flowers I would recommend wrapping the stems of the flowers with floral tape. If you haven’t got floral tape, you can roll some sugar paste or fondant into a ball and insert the flowers into it. Plastic straws can also be used, insert the straws into the cake and then the stems of the flowers can also be inserted into straws.
And then serve. This naked vanilla cake is perfect for a summer wedding, birthday gathering or even a baby shower.
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