This beautiful trend may be the easiest (and prettiest) way ever to enjoy a cake—and this rainbow version is pure perfection.
Have you gone down the rabbit hole of Instagram, scrolling for hours through #nakedcake?
This year’s hottest trend, the naked cake craze has reached peak proportions. And we couldn’t help but claim a little piece of the cake for ourselves. Because naked cakes are nice. But Rainbow Naked Cakes are really something special.
Might we talk for a moment about how much happy this cake creates?
Like, so much.
So, let’s make you one. Here’s how.
Because we wanted to get this down to a science, we decided to make liberal use of ready-to-go cake mix. A quick mix of eggs, butter and water get you a creamy batter in minutes. So you can spend more of your time coloring, tinting and high fiving yourself for being such a creative wondercat.
With the batter mixed, it’s time to create those gorgeous rainbow hues. I found it was incredibly easy to scoop 1 cup of batter into a small, disposable bowl, tinting to my heart’s content with gel food coloring then pouring each color into its own cake pan.
Every step of this cake making is beautiful. You’re going to feel so lucky.
Once the cakes are baked and completely cooled, we can move to the next step. I recommend baking them the day before you actually need them, if at all possible. Doing so gives the cake time to “set” and makes them incredibly simple to frost and assemble.
Now, for the true tricks. Naked cake making relies on a careful schmearing of icing, so the edges stay “naked” and free from gooey frosting dribblage.
Yes. That’s how the professionals say it.
The biggest and best trick I’ve found for this: Put your frosting in a large icing bag, snip off a 1/2-inch wide tip and pipe the frosting exactly where you want it on the cake. Which is in a perfect circle about 1/4-inch from the edge of each layer.
To the bottom layer, you’ll actually want to frost the cake about 1/2 to 3/4-inch from the edge of the cake, because the weight of the cakes will press it down, squishing it out more that the other layers.
Once the edges are iced, add a nice swirl to the center of the cake as well. This will keep every bit frosting-filled, without totally overdoing the icing on your cake.
Work from the purple layer on the bottom up through the rainbow, finishing with the red layer.
You don’t have to do a thing after that. But, if you’re like me and you like the look of a little bit of artsy schmear on the sides of your cake, gently run a knife edges around the outside.
Time to top it off! Once again, pipe icing around the edges of your cake to get a gorgeous, perfect circle. Then use a knife or spatula to gently even out the layer. A happy sprinkle medley seemed like the perfect way to finish this sweet treat off. And so, I sprinkled. So much sprinklage.
And then, I smiled.
Because Happy. Rainbow. Naked. Cake.
And, really—happy everything.
Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!