This Is The Easiest Way To Frost A Layered Cake

Making a cake is intimidating enough. Here's how to easily make it pretty.

IMAGE Miguel Nacianceno

You did it! You baked a beautiful cake! The cake is baked perfectly and the only thing missing is the frosting.

If you're an advanced baker, you know how to prepare your cake already. You know that you need to cool your cakes completely, out of the cake pans it was baked in, on a wire rack. Only after it is cooled completely (this means it's cool all the way through the center of the cake) can you start to frost it. 

This waiting period may be the most trying time for beginner bakers. Many first time bakers believe that they can make a layered cake and have it ready to serve within a few hours when, in fact, it may take longer than that. That's because these cake layers have to be cooled through and unless you have a blast freezer, you can't achieve the level of coolness fast enough to properly frost a cake in a few hours. Even after you've frosted that first layer on your cake, it can take more time for that layer to harden in the refrigerator before you can apply the next and final layer. It's also advisable to chill your cake a little before serving so the frosting has time to adhere and set before slicing. 


Do you understand now how much time it can take to make a proper layered cake? 

Photo by Aldwin Aspillera
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We, however, have good news for all the impatient bakers and beginner bakers out there. You don't need to do all those steps just to make a proper layered cake. You can skip a step or two and the resulting cake will still be as pretty as you need it to be. The idea behind this is this: make a naked cake instead. 


We think the naked cake trend was first popularized by Christina Tosi of Milk Bar back around 2014 with Milk Bar's B'day Cake. It was her version of the funfetti cake but what made it (and the rest of Milk Bar's cakes) so unique is the fact that the sides of all Milk Bar cakes are not frosted. That's just not something they do there! 

This cake trend exploded with gorgeous naked cakes popping up at many celebrations, from fun, colorful birthday parties to elegant and posh wedding receptions. While it's not everyone's kind of cake, there is no denying that it's a cake that looks like anyone can do. 

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We believe a naked cake is easy to make! What's even better is that if you know how to do the crumb coat, you already know how to make a naked cake! The only thing left to do is to decorate the top (and maybe the sides) and serve it. 

What's fantastic about this cake frosting style is the fact that you can focus on creating a delicious cake and frosting without worrying about your not-so-perfect decorating skills. 

Ready to try this cake frosting style?

Here's how you frost a layered cake, naked cake style: 

  1. 1 Bake, cool, and prepare your preferred cake layers as recipe directs. Remember to use a serrated knife to level the tops of your cakes.  
  1. 2 Make your preferred frosting. 
  1. 3 Place a cake layer on a rotating cake stand. Add a dab of frosting on the cake stand if needed to keep the layer from sliding around. 
  1. 4 Add a layer of frosting and use a spatula or a spoon to even out the layer. 
  1. 5 Place another cake layer on top of the frosting and even it out, too. 
  1. 6 Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all cake layers are frosted. 
  1. 7 Whisk this entire masterpiece away to the refrigerator to chill and harden. 

Sounds easy? We think so and we think you will find it is easy! If you're wondering what cakes you can make into a naked cake, try these fabulous cake recipes: 

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