Pastel “Radiant Orchid” Spring Celebration Cake
Kate Landers here to share with you a perfect cake for your next spring celebration! A hot trend in cakes right now (that looks like it is here to stay) is “naked cakes.” What is normally covered by layers of buttercream and fondant is completely exposed on a “naked cake.” That’s right: these cakes allow the actual layers of cake and filling to take center stage. Often these cakes are topped with gorgeous fruit, flowers or other natural elements.
Here are a few suggestions to create your own beautiful “naked cake” sure to elicit “oohs” and “aahs” from your guests!
The Cake: Natural-colored cakes like vanilla, lemon or carrot are very popular for “naked cakes”. As long as you stack even layers of cake, it really is not hard to create one on your own! I chose vanilla cake for ours. A special note: Because the cake is exposed to air and not protected by a layer of frosting, it will dry out much faster. I suggest serving within 24 hours (at most) of completing your cake.
The Filling: Natural-colored buttercream (such as vanilla or chocolate) is highly popular, as well as lemon curd, raspberry and other fruits. While you can certainly create beading or rosettes with buttercream, a messier look often seems preferred. It is part of the appeal of these “perfectly imperfect” cakes. It also makes the cakes easier for you to make on your own.
The Decorations: From herbs and flowers to berries and tree fruits, there is so much variation to make your “naked cake” unique. You can incorporate flavors, colors and flowers to match the theme of your event.
We selected the Pantone Color of the Year “Radiant Orchid” as inspiration for our cake’s decoration. Toned down to pastel hues, it seemed perfect for a lovely spring celebration like Easter, Mother’s Day or a special graduation. From sweet peas and hyacinth to lilacs and peonies, blooms of the moment made it ideal for this time of year.