I recently developed a cake-crush on the naked cakes showing up on my Pinterest feed. Maybe it's because they have that beautiful balance of elegance and rustic-ness.. Or maybe I just like them because they're called 'naked cakes' and it makes me laugh. I bet all the frosted and fondant covered cakes are giving the newly popular naked cakes the side-eye. Hussy cakes stealing the show.
Since you don't have to spend time smoothing and praying to the icing-gods that your final coat of icing ends up lump and crumb free, these naked cakes are less time consuming yet they still make a big, delicious impression. I decided that I had to make one for myself.
I baked three 6 inch spice cakes for the layers using a vanilla cake recipe and just adding in some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice. The dome of each layer was trimmed off, but the sides were going to be bare so I made sure to thoroughly grease and flour my pans to ensure that the edges of the cakes came away cleanly once they were removed from the pans.