Ditch the Copious Frosting with These 13 Gorgeous Naked Cakes

Presenting the naked cake, the dessert that’s light on frosting but still surprisingly beautiful. Whip one of these babies up for your next dinner party or a show-stopping wedding cake—and scandalize your loved ones with your newfound (culinary) nudity.

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Cookies-and-cream Naked Cake

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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).

Vanilla Naked Cake

Pairs perfectly with a side of fresh fruit. 

Strawberry Chamomile Naked Cake

This is giving us some serious spring and summer vibes. 

Triple Chocolate Easter Cake

These little eggs make the perfect garnish. 

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Spiced Cranberry Eton Mess Cake

Celebrate pretty much anything with this freaking beautiful dessert. All thanks to Coterie Member Stefani Pollack.

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Chocolate Pistachio Pear Naked Layer Cake

Did we mention this one’s flourless?

Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough