Naked Cakes by Lyndel Miller
Murdoch Books RRP:$49.99
Wa-hay! Did someone say naked? Sadly, if you’re looking for images of someone baking in the nude, you won’t find them here. But my title is not just click bait. To a time poor mum with Pinterest-envy, the Naked Cakes concept is probably MORE exciting than actual nudity. Imagine being able to produce intricate, delicious, impressive cakes for your next party with very little time, money or skill! That’s my kind of cake!
Naked cakes are a ‘thing’ right now, embraced by anyone who wants to make everything from scratch using real ingredients AND create lush, indulgent looking baked creations with the wow factor. A naked cake is left free from fussy fondants and fiddly figurines; it is laid bare, showing off its organic shape and rustic edges. Decorative touches come from a drizzle of chocolate, a smear of cream, fresh fruits or a bunch of edible blooms that require no expensive icing gadgetry or dodgy artificial colours or flavours.
Check this out! I present a Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Popcorn and a Chocolate Fudge Glaze. Rich, glamorous and seriously easy, totally adaptable to a gluten-free format, and guaranteed to have your Instagram buddies green with envy.
This beautiful book is more than just a cook book, too, including all kinds of tips and tricks for creating a scene (in all the right ways) at your next party. Cute napkin folding ideas, flower arrangements and colour concepts are popped in next to step-by-step recipes for fillings and frostings that turn your basic naked cake into a showpiece.
This Watermelon Cake is all natural, using a fresh fruit combo and a splash of coconut cream. What a fab alternative for your next kids’ party or summer celebration?
Naked Cakes is like a baking-for-beginners cookbook meets a copy of Home Beautiful. Every page bursts with stylish photography and an elegant design layout that makes it ideal as a gift or coffee table book, even if you never bake a cake! But bake you will once you understand that beautiful cakes don’t have to require hours of effort.
With thanks to Murdoch Books for my review copy. All opinions are my own.