Naked Chocolate Celebration Cake

“Naked” cakes – that is a cake without icing – can look stunningly beautiful and provide a simply delicious celebration cake! I made this Naked Chocolate Cake for a wedding in the summer. The wedding theme was a Tea Party with vintage china, vintage tablecloths and bunting, set in a barn decorated with simple country style flower posies.

I made three tiers – one 11” cake cut into four layers, two 9” cakes each cut into two layers and two 7” cakes each cut into two layers. Each layer was filled with vanilla buttercream. It doesn’t matter if the layers are slightly uneven as it adds to the simple, rustic style of the cake. I used dowels to support the three tiers when stacked up and liberally sprinkled the finished cakes with icing sugar.

Naked cakes can be decorated with fresh fruit and flowers but for this one I made a bunting topper to match the wedding theme. I used food safe lolly sticks to stick into the cake but made the bunting from tiny triangles of fabric sewed onto twine.

The finished three tiered cake provided plenty of cake for 90 guests.




7” Chocolate sponge cake:-

150g Butter, softened

150g Caster sugar

120g Self-raising flour

30g Cocoa powder

½ Teaspoon baking powder

3 Eggs, lightly beaten

Baking Time – approx. 50 minutes

9” Chocolate sponge cake:-

250g Butter, softened

250g Caster sugar

200g Self-raising flour

50g Cocoa powder

½ Teaspoon baking powder

5 Eggs, lightly beaten

Baking time – approx. 1 hour

11” Chocolate sponge cake:-

600g Butter, softened

600g Caster sugar

480g Self-raising flour

120g Cocoa powder

1 ½ Teaspoons baking powder

12 Eggs, lightly beaten

Baking time – approx. 1 hour, 30 minutes


Beat the softened butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together. Then gradually stir all the ingredients together and beat for one minute only (but ensuring that everything is mixed in).

Bake for approximately the time stated for each cake – the cake should be light golden brown and starting to shrink away from the sides of the cake tin, a skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean.

BS Edge

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