This Citrus-Kissed Naked Cake Recipe is Like Edible Sunshine

Naked cakes are a huge trend for weddings and parties, and I couldn’t be more delighted. Stunning in their simplicity, these frosted layer cakes boast “naked” edges, so each layer of the cake can be seen. The effect creates a beautiful visual — layers of golden cake peeking through a wispy frosting coating.

Though you can shell out hundreds of dollars to buy a professionally made naked cake, it’s surprisingly easy to create your own using a boxed cake mix and store-bought grocery store flowers.

Whether toting to your next brunch or helping a friend with their DIY wedding, this pretty cake is perfect for just about any fine occasion. Feel free to decorate as I did (with blood oranges and kumquats) or use fresh berries, figs, grapes, or other in-season fruits that catch your eye.

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Citrus-Kissed Naked Cake Recipe

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Yield: 1 cake, 12 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes
Total time: 2 hours

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 package Betty Crocker White Cake Mix
  • 1 cup melted butter or canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla or triple sec
  • Nonstick baking spray

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Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1-2 Tablespoons triple sec (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla
  • 4-6 Tablespoon milk


  • 1 blood orange
  • 1/2 cup kumquats
  • Edible flowers or greenery (optional)

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1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat all cake ingredients together until smooth. Pour into three 9-inch cake pans, generously sprayed with baking spray. Bake for 17-20 minutes, or just until the center sets. Allow to cool before inverting.

2. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, or with an electric mixer, beat together sugar, butter, triple sec, and vanilla. Add just enough milk to create a soft, spreadable, whippy frosting.

3. Frost cake, setting each layer on top of a layer of frosting. Run a spatula around the edges of the cake, but do not frost the outer edges.

4. Place a 7 to 8-inch piece of foil or parchment on top of the cake. Add a large dollop of frosting on top of the cake, arrange fruit, flowers or greenery on top of the cake. This will keep the edible portion of the cake free from touching any greenery.

5. To serve, remove flowers and the large dollop of frosting, slice, serve, and enjoy!

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