Naked Birthday Cake

Guess what today is??!?It's my birthday!And I'm celebrating with a Naked Birthday Cake!!

Naked Birthday Cake from www.whatsbetwa让球 (@whatsgabycookin)

Layers of cake,lemon curd,碎酥皮,swiss buttercream and sparklers.Boom.What more could you ask for?I've been dying to make a naked birthday cake forever – basically one that's barely frosted on the outside so you can see all those glorious layers on the inside!!And because it needs to be bright and cheerful (just like me) we threw on a bunch of pink and yellow candies and flowers PLUS some sparklers on top.因为这不是没有火花和十亿卡路里的生日!If you need me I'll be taking a fork to this cake and hanging out because calories don't count on your big day!!

Naked Birthday Cake

Prep Time:30 minutes

Cook Time:35 minutes

Total Time:2 hours

产量:Serves 8-10

Naked Birthday Cake


    For the cake layers:
  • 4杯蛋糕粉
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter,room temp
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • For the Swiss Buttercream:
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • 9 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 捏盐
  • 1 ¼ pounds butter,room temp,cut into small pieces
  • For frosting layers
  • Lemon curd
  • crumbled meringue cookies
  • Optional toppings
  • Sparkler Candles
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Flowers
  • Meringue cookies


  1. 把烤箱预热到350华氏度。Butter and flour three 9-inch cake pans.
  2. Whisk together the flour,baking powder,小苏打和盐。
  3. In a electric mixer with the paddle attachment,beat the butter and sugar together for 3 minutes.Add eggs,one at a time,Beat in the vanilla.把速度降低到最低,加入一半的面粉混合物。Add 1 cup of buttermilk and mix until combined.add remaining flour mixture and beat.加入剩余的酪乳搅拌。Remove from the mixer and finish mixing by hand if needed.Divide the batter amongst the 3 prepped cake pans.
  4. Bake until golden brown and done,about 30-35 minutes.Let cakes cool for a few minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a saucepan that can hold a standing mixer's bowl above the water.Whisk the sugar,the egg whites,lemon juice,and salt in the bowl by hand.把碗放在沸水上面,继续搅拌,直到混合物热到摸起来糖溶解,about 1 to 2 minutes.Transfer the bowl to a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat the egg whites at medium-high speed until they almost hold a stiff peak and are fully cooled,about 10 minutes.Beat in the butter,a little at a time,until the icing is smooth and spreadable.
  6. To assemble the cake,place one layer of the cake on a cake stand.Spread 3 tablespoons of lemon curd on top of the cake and sprinkle with some of the crushed meringue cookies.在上面铺上1/2英寸的瑞士奶油层,然后小心地把第二层蛋糕放在上面。Repeat the process with additional lemon curd,洒上酥皮和更多的瑞士奶油。Add the last layer of cake of top.Frost the top of the cake with more of the Swiss Buttercream and add a super thin layer of the Swiss Buttercream to the sides of the cake.Frost until smooth.Decorate with any desired toppings and serve as needed.

Photo byMatt Armendariz/ Food Styling byAdam Pearson/《加比烹饪秘诀》betwa让球

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  1. Happy Birthday betwa让球Gaby from Arizona!!

    Hope you enjoy your day and that wonderful Birthday cake.


  2. Happy Birthday and I hope you have a wonderful day,年,还有很多蛋糕和饮料!) are in store 🙂

  3. 这太棒了!Birthday cakes are the best and I love the lemony flair to this one.
    附笔in the recipe you wrote lemon curb,instead of curd.No biggie,but I would want someone to tell me if it were my recipe 🙂

  4. And a very happy birthday to you!I love,love the idea of this cake.I am always trying to find new tricks to making a less sweet frosting,当我真正想要的是少结霜!It's just too sweet.This cake is gorgeous despite the fact that it isn't covered in mountains of frosting.Awesome!!

  5. So I've never made this intricate of a cake before.Is it really 1 1/4 pounds of butter for the frosting?That just seems like so much.也许我有一段时间没有结霜了。

    1. you could make the layers ahead of time – wrap them up each very tightly – and then freeze.然后拿出来,thaw and assemble the day of!!

      1. 像爱好大厅?I was hoping to odor over the internet….we live a distance from a large city.But Thanks I will look into it..

  6. Hi betwa让球Gaby,love your idea!Going to make this for my Mum's birthday!Did you use real flowers on top??

    1. yes!!any of your favorite flowers- just take them off before eating unless they are of the edible flower variety!!

    1. no – we didn't as they baked straight across – but you certainly can if it baked into more of a dome shape!!

  7. can the cake be left out with this type of frosting?or rather how long could this be left out thanks

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    1. One more thing,do you make the meringue cookies ahead of time or do you buy them somewhere??

    2. Lemon juice and rind cooked with egg yolks and sugar to make a soft paste.It's easy to make,there are probably lots of recipes on line.A good one is tangy and not too sweet.

  9. I've tried so many times to make a naked cake,但是我最后总是用霜来遮盖它,因为我不喜欢两边看起来多么脏乱。对于完美的蛋糕面,像你美丽的半裸蛋糕那样值得被忽略,你有什么秘诀?Thanks betwa让球Gaby!!

  10. Hi!I think I read that you used real flowers.What did you do about the pesticides or were they organic flowers?I am baking a cake that will be topped with flowers as well but can not find edible or organic.Did you just wash them off before putting them on top of the cake??
    Very beautiful cake!!

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