Easy Naked Cake – perfect for birthdays

Easy Naked Cake  – perfect for birthdays

Easy Naked Cake

I’ve been promising this new Easy Naked Birthday Cake for a very long time and here it finally is.

And it’s SIMPLE – yes really!

It a simple Naked Birthday Cake!

Just in time for Mothers Day!!!! But of course it doesn’t need to be Mothers Day – anyway will do 


See how I spoil you with this easy naked cake recipe!

Sometimes this type of cake is also referred to as a semi dressed cake or a rustic birthday cake! 

How flipping pretty and natural is that!  

No fancy pants stuff here, no need to be hesitant.

It’s super easy and you should really give it a try.


Simple Naked Cake often called semi-naked cake 


Pretty Naked Cake 

It is the simplest and prettiest cake you could ever wish to see.

And I promise anyone can make it, irrespective of your skills.

The beauty of a naked cake is exactly that – it’s naked with just a brush of butter icing on the sides.

It doesn’t have to be perfect at all  and for me the ‘scruffier” it is the more individual it is. That signifies to me what a proper homemade birthday cake should be? 

My Birthday Vanilla Sponge is a good old fashioned heavy type. One that is reminiscent of the ‘old school type.’

It’s tastes buttery and sweet with a good texture for icing. Yum! 



Step by step – how to make an easy Naked Cake

My photos are just as I made it. You will see how non precise it is! That’s the beauty! 

So here’s your step by step guide to the perfect Naked Cake! 

First up is the


The Sponge Cake recipe for your Naked Birthday Cake 

Now my sponge is a good old heavy one – full of butter and sugar and with a lovely vanilla flavour, reminiscent of the old days!

I also use sour cream in it as I find it keeps it very moist and gives it a lovely dense  crumb structure, I love it.

But if you prefer the namby pamby lighter sponges just use your own recipe, no problem.

Big Tip – always grease and line your tins – ALWAYS. A piece of baking paper cut in a circle in the bottom of the tins, it’s a must as is a good old grease! 

This cake is a 20cm one and is perfect for 6- 8 people. It is also two tier as I wanted to keep it simple.

However you can make it into 3 tiers by upping the mix by a third! (see recipe below) 




How to decorate your Naked Cake 

Baked and ready for the icing. Make sure your sponges are cold. 

Please do not try and decorate with warm sponges, else you’ll end up in a mess 

Always invert your sponges before you start – so what I mean is, always have the bottom of the cake on the top for icing as it gives you a super flat surface and a very symmetrical cake 


Using a teaspoon or piping bag pipe a circle of buttercream to hold your jam in – see pic 



Next tip your remaining butter cream on top and then grab your palette knife and get spreading! 


Cover the whole cake with Butter Icing making sure the top is nicely flat and the sides straight. But it doesn’t need to be perfect 

Then use your palette knife to scrape around the sides – whole point of a naked cake is to see the sponge through the icing! 


What flowers to use for decorating your Naked Birthday Cake 

Now please listen up!!

You need to be really careful with what flowers you use to decorate your cake 

They need to be NON-TOXIC – this means it’s safe!  Don’t go poisoning anyone!

Even if they are in contact with your buttercream TOXIC flowers can still affect the health of the cake eaters.

Be sure to make sure your flowers are NON TOXIC and if in doubt check online 

Some flowers are technically edible, but you wouldn’t want to eat them. Roses are exactly that.

You must wash and dry carefully your flowers to remove any dirt! 

And so  please just remove your flowers  before you cut your cake and pop them on one side

There ARE  edible flowers such as  gardenia, pansies, violets, and dandelions, and many others.  Please just check!  

AND you can use artificial flowers if you prefer then you take no risk. and there are some beautiful ones around 

I also tend to use herbs too as they are safe… 

Other ideas are, fruits, cinnamon sticks, cumquats etc  – and figs look amazing too! 

So I hope you enjoy making your cake and I hope whoever is the recipient loves it?!! 

I’d love to see your creations really I would – so please share your pics 

Any questions please just message me in the comments – Thanks 

Big Love Clare x


Other Birthday Cakes 

If you fancy an Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake – then this is my other birthday cake recipe and it’s so good and really popular!

You can simply create your very own showstopper 🙂 

Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake


Kitchen Kit

You lovely peeps have started to ask me about kitchen kit. Well you need to know I use the below stand mixer!

It’s quite an investment HOWEVER I love it and I know I will have it for life. I see it as my essential piece of kit.

I also have lots of the attachments which I can talk about soon in another post Especially the pasta attachment !

Personally I believe this is the best stand mixer on the planet – but that’s just my view!

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Easy Naked Birthday Cake

Easy Naked Birthday Cake

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 788kcal
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An Easy Naked Birthday Cake, so simply anyone can make it!


  • Sponge
  • 250 g Butter room temperature
  • 200 g Caster Sugar
  • 4 Eggs medium
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • 250 g Self Raising Flour
  • 100 g Soured Cream
  • Butter cream
  • 150 g Butter room temperature
  • 300 g Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract optional
  • 2 Teaspoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Curd / Raspberry Jam / Strawberry Jam - whichever you prefer
  • Decoration
  • Serving Plate or cake board
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Fresh Fruit - Blueberries / lemons / oranges - whatever you fancy
  • Rosemary Sprigs


  • Make your sponges
  • Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas4
  • Grease & line two 20cm cake tines (3 if you are increasing the amounts of batter mix for a 3 tier cake)
  • Cream the Butter & caster sugar until light and fluffy (a Stand Mixer or hand whisk makes this very easy)
  • Then add one egg at a time and beat well, if your batter splits then add 1 Tablespoon of your flour
  • Keep going until all your eggs have been added
  • Fold in your flour and then stir in the soured cream, (if using vanilla add it here) making sure it is all combined well
  • Bake your sponges on the middle shelf of your preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Your sponges should spring back on touch when gentle pressed
  • When baked remove from the oven and leave to cool for at least 5 minutes in the tins
  • Then carefully remove the sponges, gently removing the greaseproof paper
  • Leave to cool on a wire tray tops down, bottoms up
  • Make your Butter Cream
  • Beat your butter until soft and smooth. Again a stand mixer or hand whisk helps
  • Slowly add your icing sugar and beat well
  • Keep going until all your icing sugar is incorporated
  • Finally whisk in 2 teaspoons milk to slacken the mix, If you are adding Vanilla, do so at this point and mix well
  • Construct your cake
  • Firstly make sure your sponges are cold
  • Next pop your first sponge on your serving plate or cake board
  • Using a Teaspoon (piping bag if you prefer but I wanted to make it simply) place a ring of Butter-icing around the edge of the base sponge
  • Then spoon your lemon curd or jam in the middle and spread to the sides of the butter cream
  • Next pop the top sponge on and press down a little
  • Tip your Butter Icing on top and using a palette knife 'paddle' backwards & forwards and basically coat your whole cake.
  • Make sure the top is smooth, however the sides do not need to be totally covered in Butter Icing (hence the 'naked' part)
  • Once roughly covered in Butter Icing use the palette knife to scrape around the sides, it's ok to see the sponge visible
  • Then its time to decorate by placing your flowers around the top, with your rosemary and fruits!


*** All nutritional information is approximate and intended as a guide 


Nutrition Facts
Easy Naked Birthday Cake
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. This is such a beautiful cake and edible flowers are a great way of making a celebration cake extra special!

  2. I have always wanted to make a Naked Cake! So feeling inspired by this beauty. I love how it is perfect for any occasion. Dress it up or down. Thank you so much for sharing it with #BakingCrumbs

  3. Helen - Cooking with my kids

    What a pretty cake. Sometimes less is definitely more!

  4. I made this for my daughter’s birthday, it was perfect and tasted scrummy. Thank you

    1. Oh great so lovely to hear x

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