Fall Floral Naked Cake
Want to learn how to make a fall floral naked cake with me? And when I say, learn WITH me, I really mean that! This was my first buttercream cake attempt and I'm SO convinced that anyone can make it that I'm putting it into a post!
The best part about a naked cake is that the buttercream edges don't need to be perfectly smooth which makes it the perfect cake for beginners.
Although this is a great cake for beginners, it definitely gives off some serious Martha Stewart vibes and you'll have to convinced your Thanksgiving guests that you did, in fact, make this yourself. You can use any cake recipe you want for this. Heck! You can even use a boxed cake mix! I used 3 cakes that were 8'' in diameter and 3'' tall but this is subject to creativity and/ or whatever pans you have on-hand.
* Note: I used a combination of flowers bought from the store and foliage that I cut off of a tree in our yard. This is a good way to save money and incorporate fall foliage you already have on-hand!*
What you'll need:
- Cake pan(s)
- Bench scraper
- Offset spatula
- Electric mixer
- Floral tape
- Turntable (optional)
- 1 c. of softened unsalted butter
- 3 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 c. sifted powdered sugar
- 4 tbsp. milk
1.) Using your electric mixer, cream butter until it becomes soft and fluffy.
2.) Gradually add your powdered sugar.
3.) Once fully incorporated, add in vanilla extract.
4.) Add milk and beat for 4-5 minutes.
1.) Start by using your off-set spatula to spread a thick layer of buttercream on top of your first cake.
2.) Place your next cake on top and repeat if you are using more cakes.
3.) Use your off-set spatula to smooth buttercream icing on the top of the cake
4.) Now it's time to smooth out the icing on the sides of the cake. Rest your bench scraper against your cake at a 45 degree angle. Slowly turn your cake around while holding your bench scraper still.
* Note: This is where your turntable comes in handy but if you don't want to purchase one, you could always turn whatever surface your cake is resting on, it just won't be as easy. *
5.) Now it's time to prepare your flowers so they're safe to use in a cake. We want to make sure that nothing from the flowers leaks out in the cake. Start by wrapping floral tape up the stem of the flower. Make sure that the stem is completely covered in tape.
6.) Once the stem is completely covered in floral tape, stick the stem into a straw. This will add another protective barrier and will also allow you to place your flowers easily into the cake.
7.) Get creative! You're ready to place your flowers into your cake!