Last weekend I decorated my first naked cake. Honestly, I wasn’t terribly crazy about the cake to start with, but I ended up loving how it turned out, and it was absolutely perfect for the setting—it was a barn wedding.
However, the barn was NOT perfect for the cake. The first thing I noticed when I arrived was that the table wasn’t level, and there was no possible way to level it. The floor boards were wavy and varied in elevation by up to two inches. It was crazy. I did the best job of scooting the table around to get it as level as possible, but it was definitely still leaning.
If that were the only problem, things would have probably been fine. But it gets worse. The barn floor was not supported, so anytime someone walked across the floor, it bounced, shaking the cake. And I’m talking minor earthquake level shaking—the cake jiggled a couple inches back and forth if someone didn’t tiptoe. I actually had to pause while putting berries on until people passed through because it was shaking so much that I couldn’t get them on.
However, there was nothing to be done—no way to add floor support at that point! So I finished the setup and hoped for the best. In the end, nothing came crashing down (except for a few berries). Once people started walking from the ceremony to their seats, though, I’m told it had to be held up with a spoon! It was the first wedding in that barn, and the family tells me the owners have now realized the floor needs support to continue doing weddings there. It’s always fun to be the guinea pigs!
Luckily, the bride and groom were super laid back and loved the cake anyway. I’m really glad it was this type of cake and not a more traditional one. I think if it had had iced sides, the icing would have fallen off, and if it had been one with pillars, I probably could never have set it up in the first place. With all of the bouncing, it was like doing a cake on a boat!
As far as the decorating, though, this cake was super easy. The hardest part was making it sloppy. The bride really liked the messy look, and I kept having to stop myself from smoothing out the icing blobs and just let them ooze out over the edge! Honestly, I may make a very pared down version of this for a summer party sometime. Since the icing didn’t have to be perfect, I had a little freedom with ingredients/flavors, so it tasted extra good, and the fruit really made it special—perfect for a summer wedding.
This was the wood cut cake topper the bride chose—perfect, right?