Don’t worry, no one is naked here.
Yes, we all got clothes on.
You can open your eyes now. (see, you were looking between your fingers, otherwise how do you know if I said to open your eyes.)
Only the thing naked is the cake.
Is that new term? I don’t know, but apparently, layered cakes without any icing seemed to be called ‘Naked Cake’.
Special occasion cakes often has butter cream icing and regal/fondant icing covering exterior. But those icing can be sickly sweet. I often peel off the icing and eat sponge and cream. I thought it was because I was from Japan and not used to those type of cake. But apparently it wasn’t only me. There must have been many people dislike icing on the cake.
I was asked to make a gluten free naked cake, for a friend’s relative’s wedding.
A wedding cake.
This was why I was doing a trail (which I posted about here). It’s a big deal. I couldn’t mess up.
The bride and groom are lovely couple, and asked me to make my usual gluten free Victoria sponge which they had eaten before, then fill them with mascarpone cream and summer berries.
The wedding was in July, in a beautiful garden of Mount Stewart (National Trust).
They are having a simple family wedding, just ceremony and coffee+cake later on, so rustic summer feeling of naked cake fitted the theme very well.
I did trial and I know I was fine.
But I had a mishap of shopping, I got to know that Dove’s gluten free self-raising flour does not simply equal to Dove’s g/f plain flour + baking powder. S.R flour also contains xanthan gum, so it gives better texture than just using plain flour + baking powder, which was good but not quite perfect. (Thanks to my lovely helping husband it was all sorted.)
I baked layers of the cake, and sandwiched cream and fruits a night before, kept each tiers wrapped and refrigerated till next day.
On the day, my good friend minded my boys for me, and off I went with cakes. Each rumps and turn, I was so worried that the cake will be moving about and being squashed. I do not know how professional cake decorators deliver their cakes, or do they simply have strong hearts?
I get to the garden well ahead of the time, and stuck up the tier and decorated the cake with lots of fruits and bit of mint.
Well, the setting was so lovely. A simple wedding in such a beautiful surrounding.
Sunny July day in a historic garden, full of flours and greens. What more do you want for a wedding?
I really enjoy decorating the cake under a little white gazebo in a beautiful garden.
Gluten free Naked Summer Wedding Cake
I used strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries from shop, and white currents from my garden. I added some mint for colour.
Sponge is gluten free victoria, cream is mascarpone cream. Strawberry jam is also hiding between the cream.
I run out of the battery of the camera, so I couldn’t take good shots of surrounding garden, but it was beautiful garden filled with bright summer flowers. Naked cake really suited the occasion.
Congratulation to M&M.
Happily ever after.
and as for the rest of us, Happy Fiesta Friday! (I had to skip a few weeks, but I am back to the party this week. Thank you for Angie and co-hosts.)
and happy weekend to all!!