There is a new cake in town, and this one isn’t quite naked! This year’s updated version of the uber-popular naked cake is called the “Translucent Cake.” Translucent cakes have just a sheer hint of frosting which lets the cake layers peak through. These humble confections feature a dressed down, textured look which are usually adorned with natural elements such as flowers and/or fruit. Easily dressed up with flavorful drizzles (think Caramel or Raspberry), Translucent Cakes provide the perfect amount of sweetness: sweet but not TOO sweet. Naked, but not TOO naked.
We love the four-tiered fabulousness that is this towering translucent masterpiece. Clean and elegant, the sheer frosting and carefully placed greenery add up to a stunning display. This unfussy look would play well at any rustic/industrial, barn or even beach event. And who doesn’t love a barrel for a cake display table? Houzz has a great take on a barrel here. Resembling a wine barrel, this rustic metal accent table has a removable lid adding ample storage space so you could use at your wedding for a cake table and then bring it home for a great reminder of your special day, too.
Check out this beauty! Layers, upon six layers of delicious cake with the barest flick of frosting and an artful arrangement of fruit and flowers. This cake would be very at home at a country or backyard wedding. Heck, we think this would even be easy to make yourselves.
Translucent takes a turn for the romantic and beautiful with this four-tiered stunner. Embellished with delicate roses and the barest hint of buttercream, this confection would be a memorable treat at any wedding celebration.
For an intimate wedding, we suggest the tiniest of translucent cakes. This one is utterly gorgeous: featuring a small white cake surrounded by lavish floral elements and greenery.
Sherri Meyers, owner of The Pastry Studio in Daytona, FL is an executive pastry chef with serious cred. Her work has been featured in countless magazines and on TV networks like HGTV, The Food Network and MTV.
She offers this glorious take on a Translucent Cake at The Pastry Studio. We totally covet this Blush confection– a luxurious masterpiece of cake layers, breath-taking floral elements and greenery. Be sure to visit her site to see all of her team’s amazing cake work.
In the spirit of transparency, have you heard of the “Water Cake”? This perfectly translucent cake, aka Sakura Mizu shingen mochi is popular in Japan and is made of water, sugar and magic. This delightful morsel is so delicate that it will disappear in 30 minutes if not consumed. Probably not practical for a wedding, but super cool. Visit LittleMissBento.com to see more.
Translucent cakes will likely disappear very quickly, too, because your guests will gobble them up. And, we are clear (get it? haha) on one thing: No matter your wedding budget or style, a translucent cake will transform your cake table into a very happy place!