That’s how fast and easy the ‘naked cake’ goes

Naked Cake – also ‘naked’ cake’ – is quasi a classical cake, only without icing made of sugar or marzipan. So you can see the individual layers of the cake even before you cut it. Unlike the glazed cakes, this one is characterized by its not perfect appearance. Only through small irregularities the Naked Cake becomes so attractive and individual.

So you don’t need a great baking talent, little mistakes make the cake really pretty. With these recipes you will probably create the most beautiful cake at home. Perfect for drinking coffee with friends, and at a party the Naked Cake is guaranteed to cause admiring amazement.

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What’s a naked cake?

The Naked Cake consists of several layers. It always starts with a sponge cake base. This is followed by a layer of cream (e.g. cream cheese, quark or butter cream), again followed by a sponge cake base, another layer of cream, and so on.

If you like, you can also add a third layer of jam or fruit puree. This makes the cake deliciously fruity and a bit fresher and lighter. The cake is then decorated with fruit of your choice. Berries give each cake a beautiful and bright colour. Flowers are also an eye-catcher. There are no limits to your creativity.

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How to create the perfect sponge cake base?

A sponge cake consists mainly of flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder, a little salt and mineral water. Its loose consistency makes it perfect for layering cakes. To make the sponge cake especially fluffy, there are some tips:

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  1. Sparkling water: Sparkling water acts like a leavening agent in the dough. The carbon dioxide ensures that the dough rises fluffy.
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff: Before mixing the ingredients, separate the eggs and beat the egg whites until stiff. This will make the cake even looser.
  3. Mingle: Melting means the careful mixing of several ingredients. For example, if you sift flour into egg whites (beaten egg white stiffly), you should not stir too much.

    Otherwise the fine air bubbles in the beaten egg white will be destroyed and the mass will lose volume. It is best to lift the ingredients carefully one below the other so that the sponge cake remains nice and airy.

  4. Don’t bake too long: Depending on the amount of dough, the cake should not be baked for more than 30 minutes at around 180 °C until it is golden brown. Caution: If you leave it in the oven longer, it will become dry and hard.

When you have finished baking the sponge cake, let it cool down before cutting it into equally sized biscuits. The easiest way to cut the cake is with a very long knife, so that the individual layers do not become crooked.

How do I make a cream for the Naked Cake?

The cream not only holds the individual sponge cake bases together, it also makes the naked cake look like a real cake. The secret: the cream is applied in such a way that it looks as if it has been first spread on and then removed again.

With the cream you can give free rein to your creativity. You can make it from either cream cheese, curd or butter, the latter turning the cake into a huge calorie bomb.

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Tip: A homemade fruit puree, which is spread on the cream, provides a special freshness to the otherwise rather heavy cake. All you have to do is puree fruit – berries are perfect for this – and mix it with a little lemon juice.

What are easy naked cake recipes?

Now, let’s get to the nitty-gritty. Swing the cooking spoon and dare to try the recipes. With a little courage you will see that the Naked Cake is not as difficult as it looks.

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1. naked cake with chocolate biscuit

This cake with fresh strawberries captivates with its chocolate sponge cake base and a pretty chocolate decoration. If you don’t have fresh strawberries at hand, you can reach for other fruits, for example ripe plums.

2. naked cake with Baileys

Vanilla biscuit, strawberry puree, cream and Baileys. You can directly feel the calories this naked cake brings with it. Nevertheless, this recipe is worth a sin, because it tastes incredibly delicious.

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3. naked cake with chocolate and berries

He looks easy enough to eat. The delicious berry composition, together with decorative flowers that you can easily steal from your garden or balcony.

4. naked cake with strawberry puree

This small strawberry cake is based on a cream of mascarpone and quark. The fruit mirror made of berries provides that certain something.

The Naked Cake is a real eye-catcher and tastes as delicious as it looks. And it is not as difficult as you might think. Have the guts to make it yourself!