A slice of this Fresh Strawberry Naked Cake is a wonderful (and tasty!) way to end a warm summer day!
One of the best cake traditions ever is the groom’s cake. Groom’s cakes are a southern tradition, but they’ve become more popular across the country. The groom’s cake is simply an excuse to have another cake in addition to the wedding cake….and more cake is more better, right?
While traditional wedding cakes are often beautiful and elegant, the groom’s cake is typically more fun and whimsical. For instance, at our wedding, we had a groom’s cake with a tiger paw coming out of a purple and gold striped cake. (We got married on a Saturday in October, and Saturdays in October are typically reserved for LSU football. I might not have been watching the game that day, but at least the groom’s cake paid homage to the Tigers!)
I’ve always admired a beautifully decorated cake. I took a cake decorating class when Laura and I first moved to New York, and I spent hours practicing roses. Hours. I bought a container of store-bought frosting, and I stood in the kitchen making rose after rose…and then scraping it all back in the container and starting over. You might think I’m a rose expert by now. I’m not. I can make a passable rose, but that’s about it.
Instead of decorating with frosting, I much prefer using fresh fruit or chocolate curls on top of a cake. It gives a more rustic look, and it also lets me avoid having to make roses. Speaking of rustic, I’ve become a big fan of naked cakes lately. What’s a naked cake, you ask? Simple. It’s a cake with either minimal frosting (think crumb coat) or no frosting at all on the sides. As a result, you can really show off the inside of the cake in a fun way.
Take this Fresh Strawberry Naked Cake, for instance. I used fresh strawberries on top, but I really wanted to boost the strawberry flavor so I filled the inside of the cake with diced strawberries, too. The unfrosted layers really highlight the fresh berries. And I can go with a much simpler decorating design…one that doesn’t requite fancy piping skills!
This Fresh Strawberry Naked Cake was inspired by this Fresh Strawberry Cake that I first made several years ago. It’s a favorite cake around here during the summer, and we’ve shared many fun nights sitting on the back porch with friends eating a slice of that cake. I came across fresh strawberries on sale recently, and I wanted to make that Fresh Strawberry Cake again. But I wanted to put a twist on it, and thus the inspiration for this Fresh Strawberry Naked Cake.
I also changed up the cake recipe a bit here, too. The original strawberry cake used my go-to white cake recipe. That cake is a bit denser but it holds up well with the lighter frosting. This Fresh Strawberry Naked Cake uses a bit lighter of a cake as there isn’t as much frosting. To lighten the cake texture, I whipped several of the egg whites to soft peak stage and then folded those into the batter. The result was a delicious cake that Laura and I enjoyed over several nights while sitting on the back porch watching Robbie run around. Enjoy the summer, friends!