Step aside, fondant. Naked cakes offer a more minimalist look while still delivering plenty of beauty and sugary goodness. Plus, they’re incredibly versatile and can be easily dressed up with colorful layers, fresh fruit, flowers or imaginative toppers. Still not convinced? Check out these 21 creations to see why naked cakes make the perfect choice for everything from rustic weddings to birthday parties.

1. Blueberries + Mint: Ombre layers in shades of green look all the more gorgeous when topped with juicy blueberries and lovely mint leaves. (via Fancy Edibles)

2. Simple Succulents: Play up a naked cake’s simplicity with eye-catching succulents on top. You can also use the succulents as table decorations. (via Cake Bloom)

3. Romantic Flowers: Can’t decide between succulents and flowers? Go ahead and top your cake with both for a unique look that’s totally romantic. (via Cake Bloom)

4. Great Outdoors: This outdoorsy cake was designed for a little boy’s birthday party, but would look equally amazing at a glamping-themed baby shower or rustic wedding reception. (via Spaceships and Laser Beams)

5. Colorful Layers: Whether you serve them alone or alongside a traditional wedding cake, colorful mini confections are a delicious feast for the eyes. (via Wedding Chicks)

6. Typography Topper: Everyone loves a chocolate cake, especially when it showcases a modern typography topper. (via Green Wedding Shoes)

7. Blocks of Color: Bring the color-block trend to your wedding or bridal shower with a naked cake customized to complement your palette. (via Style Me Pretty)

8. Rag Garland: A rag garland adds color and gives your cake display a relaxed, boho vibe. (via Tidewater and Tulle)

9. Pink + Blue: Planning a gender reveal party? Serve this cake with other pink and blue treats before making the big announcement. (via Kara’s Party Ideas)

10. Fruit Accents: With its sparkly typography topper and creative arrangement of figs, this cake is non-traditional in the coolest way possible. Don’t dig figs? Pears, apples or citrus slices would look just as amazing. (via Love + Lavender)

11. Fancy Floral Arrangement: This vibrant array of flowers and greenery is so stunning, it’s sure to give your bridal bouquet and reception centerpieces a run for their money. Plus, how pretty is that streamer garland in the background? (via Love + Lavender)

12. Mini Pennant Flags: Blush layers and a sweet pennant flag topper are just right for a Valentine’s Day wedding. (via Ruffled)

13. Caramel Drizzles: Look out, caramel apples and lattes. This caramel-drizzled cake just might be our new fall fave. (via Coastal Bride)

14. Fresh Berries: Fresh berries and cream instantly sweeten any summer wedding or July 4th celebration. (via Style Me Pretty)

15. Lovely Lavender: Tying the knot next spring? This lavender cake will definitely delight. (via BuzzFeed)

16. Lavender Sprigs: Speaking of lavender, adding a few sprigs to your cake can subtly dress it up for a garden party or outdoor wedding. (via Style Me Pretty)

17. Red Velvet: From the luscious red velvet cake to the tantalizing tarts and gleaming luminaries, we love everything about this rustic chic dessert display. (via The Wedding Scoop)

18. Glass Dome: Vintage romance comes to your party when you display a small cake inside an elegant glass dome. (via Style Me Pretty)

19. Burlap Banner: Give your wedding or engagement party some extra down-home charm by topping your cake with a miniature burlap bunting. (via Green Wedding Shoes)

20. Powdered Sugar: Who needs frosting when you can sprinkle your cake with powdered sugar instead? (via Style Me Pretty)

21. Decadent Chocolate: Take Guinness beyond happy hour by using it to whip up this decadent chocolate cake. (via Little Box Brownie)

Would you serve a naked cake at a wedding or party? Share your favorite design with us below!