15 Gorgeous Naked Wedding Cakes Perfect for Fall Nuptials
The naked cake trend has been hot on the list of wedding trends for a while now. By forgoing frosting, you can showcase the flavors of the doughy, moist cake underneath. Add some sprigs, flowers and a cake topper, and you have a rustic-looking yet super elegant creation that will set the tone for your entire wedding. (Don’t worry, frosting lovers, there’s still frosting in between the layers!) If you’re planning a fall wedding, this unique wedding cake trend can easily be incorporated into your color and design scheme. Scroll on for 15 of our favorite autumn-approps naked cakes and get ready to start drooling with envy.
1. Multi-Tonal: Yes, you CAN incorporate an eclectic-looking color scheme in your naked cake. You just have to use different flavors of the cake itself. Bonus points for a colorful array of fresh fruit and flowers. (via Babb Photography)
2. A Bountiful Harvest: Berries and orange- and red-hued flowers grace this elegant naked cake inspired by fall. A little caramel coating over top gives it a bit of shine (and a sweet flavor too!). (via The Knot)
3. Fall Neutrals: Just because you’re getting married during the fall season doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go deep with your color scheme. This naked cake showcases the beautiful olive branch, as well as a neutral palette that looks classy all year round. (via Project Wedding)
4. Naked Red Velvet: On the other hand, maybe you DO want a gorgeous color palette of deep reds and purples. This naked look is made with red velvet cake and surrounded by pears, figs and cherries, which make for a perfect autumn display. (via Weddingomania)
5. A Bright Autumn Day: Keep your color palette on the lighter side with this fall wedding cake. Instead of deep hues, this palette takes inspiration from bright sunny days and the golden leaves of early fall. (via Tulle and Chantilly)
6. Standing Tall: Go big or go home, baby! This cake has not one, not two, but TWELVE layers bound together with both buttercream and chocolate ganache. (via The I Do Moment)
7. Herbs and Ombre: Sprigs of fresh rosemary and lavender line this gorgeous ombre-inspired wedding cake. If you thought you needed frosting to create an ombre effect, think again. (via My Wedding)
8. Dark Chocolate: This gorgeous combination features rich melted chocolate oozing down the size of a naked cake, surrounded by fresh figs and blueberries. We LOVE how this cake is only semi-naked; it definitely gives a new angle to this wedding cake trend. (via Chic Vintage Brides)
9. Sagittarius Season: Is your wedding taking place in that spot somewhere in between fall and winter (late November through mid-December)? Play off the traits of Sagittarius season, choosing bright, optimistic orange roses and playful white feathers. Pretty frosted ferns are also super approps for the late fall/early winter season. (via Crazy for Us)
10. Holiday Season: Whether your wedding falls closer to Thanksgiving or Christmas, this cake showcases the spirit of the season. Deep red dahlias and natural greenery accompany this cake, which is also surrounded by fresh pinecones for a delightfully woodsy look. (via Weddingomania)
11. The New Romantics: This pretty and super romantic cake is mostly neutral, incorporating dusty pink roses, cream-colored pearls and tiny ivory berries. We can definitely picture this gorgeous cake in a vintage-inspired wedding. (via Weddingomania)
12. Top Tier: While we LOVE naked cakes, your cake doesn’t have to be entirely devoid of frosting. This idea incorporates the naked look on the top tier of the cake while keeping things more traditional below. (via Weddingomania)
13. Caramel Corn Cake: If you and your boo are big fans of popcorn, try this caramel corn-inspired creation. The popcorn itself (and the subsequent dripping caramel, OMG) add the wow factor to this otherwise neutral-hued cake. (via Wedding Party)
14. Raspberry Frosting: Add some color to your naked cake by incorporating a colorful berry-flavored frosting. This pretty cake combines the purple hue with white powdered sugar and sprigs of lavender. (via Mod Wedding)
15. The Vintner’s Cake: Whether your wedding is at a vineyard or you just love wine, this grape-surrounded cake could be right up your alley. The grapes keep things looking fresh and rustic, as do twigs and berries. (via Modwedding)
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Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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