For celebrations unfolding in a rustic setting, complete with details and decor rich with texture and character, the beautifully unstructured, imperfect patina of a naked cake offers a natural extension of styling. Dressed with a flurry of wild flowers, blooms and fruits spilling imperfectly around sides or cascading from the top, this new wave of (decidedly less ‘perfect’ and ‘pretty’) naked cakes feel more organic in mood.
With earlier incarnations of these delicious creations often styled in a more traditional and feminine manner, with winding roses or a crown of peonies, this more rustic approach sees unexpected flavour combinations and decorations that look decidedly foraged (from a nearby orchard or overgrown garden!). Think a tumble of figs and berries, a dusting of pistachio nuts, a tangle of lilacs or scented jasmine nested on top.
Lending themselves to almost any flavour, choose something you love evocative of fond memories or favourite ingredients, casting tradition aside. Be sure to give some thought too, to the cake table styling. Generous clusters or the same fruits used throughout the cake, spilling across tables is gorgeous extension of mood (simple, and visually arresting), as is wild botanicals or striking branches, for framing.
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