You may have heard of a trend in cakes (specifically wedding cakes) lately. This trend is "naked cakes," which involves putting minimal amounts of frosting on a cake and making up for the lost frosting by embellishing the cake with colorful and often stunning flowers and fruits. After seeing how cool these cakes looked, I wanted to try my hand at making (and eating) one. However, I consider myself to have a basic set of cooking skills, so I stuck with a basic naked cake recipe that pretty much anyone could make. 

Naked Blue Velvet Cake

  • Prep Time:30 mins
  • Cook Time:25 mins
  • Total Time:55 mins
  • Servings:12
  • Easy


  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ounce blue food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tub icing
  • Fruit or flowers for garnish if you're feeling daring
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour 2 cake pans (8 or 9 inch).

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  • Step 2

    Mix Crisco, sugar, and eggs (using a wooden spoon helps).

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  • Step 3

    Mix food coloring and cocoa together, then add to the previously made mixture.

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  • Step 4

    Add salt, flour, buttermilk, and vanilla.

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  • Step 5

    Gently mix in vinegar and baking soda.

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  • Step 6

    Bake for 25 minutes.

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  • Step 7


    #SpoonTip: Make sure both cake and frosting are cooled, this will make things easier.

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My naked cake was definitely far from perfect, but it turned out much better than I had initially hoped, because baking has always been something that is especially difficult for me. I can follow recipes exactly and the end result will be under-cooked, the wrong color, and taste weird. However, this cake turned out great—it was moist, spongy, and sweet enough to stand partially naked. This was definitely a fun and messy recipe!