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Introducing the naked cake, the newest dessert trend that’s light on frosting but still surprisingly gorgeous. Whip one of these babies up for the holidays...or a show stopping wedding cake—and scandalize your loved ones with your newfound (culinary) nudity.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Cookies-and-Cream Naked Cake

Your favorite cookie gets an upgrade.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Naked Lemon and Olive Oil Layer Cake

Absolutely stunning (and surprisingly easy to pull off).

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NAKED CAKE WITH CANDIED AND SUGARED BERRIES

Hey, is it cool if we eat this for breakfast?

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ORANGE ALMOND CAKE WITH ORANGE BLOSSOM FROSTING

Equal parts rustic and sophisticated.

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TRIPLE LEMON NAKED LAYER CAKE

Yes, you can eat the flowers.

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ROSEMARY LAVENDER CAKE

Doubles as a centerpiece.

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STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM CAKE

If you want to get really ambitious, make matching cupcakes.

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BASIL MASCARPONE BUTTERCREAM CHOCOLATE CAKE

It’s not just for pizza and pasta.

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RED VELVET LAYER CAKE

Oh hi, holiday cake of our dreams.

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VICTORIA SPONGE WEDDING CAKE

Say “I do…” to this freaking beautiful dessert.

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APPLE SPICE CAKE WITH CARAMEL DRIZZLE

A tasty twist on the caramel apple. 

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BROWN BUTTER PUMPKIN CAKE

Fall in three delicious layers. (Bye, PSL.)

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