Naked Rustic Cake

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rustic naked unfrosted vanilla fruit cake recipe

There is just something about the exposed golden layers with barely-there frosting and bright fresh berries. It is rustic yet shabby chic and absolutely gorgeous cake I have ever laid my eyes upon. I decided that I must bake this beautiful unfrosted cake for my son's 1st birthday. And I did...
It was my first time ever to make a naked cake. I had my doubts and was skeptical of its aesthetic. But the cake turned out stunning.
Lightly frosted my favorite vanilla cream cheese frosting.
Topped with a gorgeous bunch of berries.
Dusted of confection sugar.
And the cake was scrumptious and good looking!

I could use some practice on my cake decorating technique. But that's a beauty about naked cake: it doesn't have to be perfect.

The imperfection adds a rustic touch with a hint of personality.

rustic naked unfrosted vanilla fruit cake recipe

The cake stand and antique globe are from World Market.  I am contemplating one of these pedestal cake stands for my collection.

rustic naked unfrosted vanilla fruit cake recipe

If you fancy yourself to make one for someone special, give this a taste:
(recipe adapted from NYT Cooking)


2 ½ C cake flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 ½ C sugar
3 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 C oil (vegetable or canola)
1 C buttermilk

- Preheat oven to 350*F.

- Stir together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set flour mixture aside.

- In another bowl beat eggs 10-20 seconds  (I used an electric mixer...but a hand mixer will do just fine). Add sugar to eggs and continue to beat on medium speed for ~ 30 seconds. Add vanilla and oil, beat.

- Then reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add about half of the flour mixture and half of the milk. Beat for ~10 seconds then add the other half of the flour mixture and the milk. Beat until just combined. Scrap down the side of the bowl. The batter will be thin.

- Pour batter into a buttered/greased cake pans. Fill about 2/3 full. This will make 2x 8" cake layers.

- Bake cake layers in pre-heated oven for 25-40 minutes depending on your oven and the size of the pans. When you get a whiff of sweet buttery vanilla cake aroma from your oven, it's time to check its doneness: inset a toothpick in the center and you want it to come out clean.

- Cool in pan ~5 minutes, then remove cake from pans and finish cooling on a wire rack.

- I took an extra step of wrapping in plastic wrap and cooling the layers in the fridge for ~1 hour before frosting to prevent the cake from crumbling in the process.

-  When fully cool, frost with your favorite icing.

(scroll down for my vanilla creme cheese frosting recipe).

Let your creative self run wild.

rustic naked unfrosted vanilla fruit cake recipe
rustic naked unfrosted vanilla fruit cake recipe
rustic naked unfrosted vanilla fruit cake recipe
rustic naked unfrosted vanilla fruit cake recipe

Cream Cheese Frosting
 ½ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
8 oz cream cheese (directly from fridge)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 C confectioners sugar
1 to 4 Tbs heavy cream

- In a large mixing bowl and beat butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and blend until fully combined and smooth  ~30 seconds.
- Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar blend on low speed until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy.
- Slowly add the heavy cream, a little bit at a time until desired consistency is met.
- Beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.

Let me know how it turns out for you.

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