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2-Tier Semi-Naked Cake

This beautiful 2-tier semi-naked cake frosted with buttercream uses a chic decorating style to expose the layers and filling. A stunning addition to any celebration or special event.
2-Tier Semi-Naked Cake Recipe | SideChef
This beautiful 2-tier semi-naked cake frosted with buttercream uses a chic decorating style to expose the layers and filling. A stunning addition to any celebration or special event.
Chelsweets
Chelsey White is the baker, blogger, and content creator behind Chelsweets! She is a self-taught cake decorator, who loves to share her tips and tricks as well as her tried and true recipes.
https://chelsweets.com
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Chelsey White is the baker, blogger, and content creator behind Chelsweets! She is a self-taught cake decorator, who loves to share her tips and tricks as well as her tried and true recipes.
https://chelsweets.com
1hr 35min
Total Time
$2.09
Cost Per Serving

Ingredients

US / METRIC
Servings:
12
Serves 12

Vanilla Cake

4 3/4 cups
4 1/2 cups
1 Tbsp
Baking Powder
1/2 Tbsp
1 1/2 cups
Unsalted Butter , room temperature
cut into chunks
1 1/2 cups
Pasteurized Egg Whites
or about 11 egg whites
2 1/4 cups
Buttermilk , room temperature
2 Tbsp
Vegetable Oil
as needed
Non-Stick Baking Spray
to grease the pans

Vanilla Buttercream

4 cups
Unsalted Butter , room temperature
16 cups
Powdered Confectioners Sugar
1/2 Tbsp
1/2 cup
Heavy Cream
or Whipping Cream
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
1890
FAT
88.6 g
PROTEIN
9.4 g
CARBS
261.0 g

Author's Notes

Place cake layers into the freezer for 45 minutes, to accelerate the cooling process. Once the layers are fully cooled, carefully flip the pans and remove the layers from the pans. Use a serrated knife to level the tops of the layers.

Additional Tools needed:

Stand Mixer with a paddle attachment
½-inch thick central wooden dowel (12 inches tall with one sharpened end)
Sandpaper
10-inch cake drum and 6-inch greaseproof cake board, with center hole cutout
Floral Wire
A large bouquet of edible flowers (roses, carnations, violets, daisies)
Green floral tape

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line three 8-inch pans and three 6-inch round pans with parchment rounds, and grease with Non-Stick Baking Spray (as needed) .
Step 2
Mix together All-Purpose Flour (4 3/4 cups) , Granulated Sugar (4 1/2 cups) , Baking Powder (1 Tbsp) , and Salt (1/2 Tbsp) in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until fully combined.
Step 3
Mix chunks of room-temperature Unsalted Butter (1 1/2 cups) slowly into the dry mix, at a low speed. Continue to mix until no large chunks of butter remain, and the mixture becomes crumbly.
Step 4
Pour in Pasteurized Egg Whites (1 1/2 cups) , and mix on low until just incorporated. Mix in the Buttermilk (2 1/4 cups) in two installments, at a low speed.
Step 5
Add in Vanilla Extract (1 Tbsp) and Vegetable Oil (2 Tbsp) , and mix at a low speed until just combined. If needed, scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, then beat on low speed for about 15 seconds.
Step 6
Divide batter evenly between the prepared cake pans using a spatula (fill each pan about 1-inch high with batter). Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Step 7
While the cake layers bake and cool, make the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. Beat the Unsalted Butter (4 cups) on medium speed for 30 seconds with a paddle attachment, or until smooth.
Step 8
Slowly add in the Powdered Confectioners Sugar (16 cups) , 1 cup at a time. Alternate with small splashes of Heavy Cream (1/2 cup) .
Step 9
Once fully mixed, add in the Vanilla Extract (2 Tbsp) and Salt (1/2 Tbsp) , and beat on low until the ingredients are fully incorporated, and a thick but spreadable consistency is reached.
Step 10
In the center of both cake boards, cut star-shaped slits. Pierce the center of the wooden dowel. One at a time, pierce the center with the wooden dowel to ensure the hole is big enough. Make sure the dowel is 1-inch taller than the bottom layer of the cake.
Step 11
Prepare to frost each tier with a greaseproof cake board on the bottom. To ensure the layers stay in place use a dab of frosting to help stick the first cake layer to the board.
Step 12
Stack the three 8-inch cake rounds and add an even layer of buttercream between the cake layers.
Step 13
Apply a thin coat of frosting around the cake, to fully cover the cake layers. Smooth using a bench scraper, then chill the cake in the fridge (20 minutes) or freezer (5 minutes) until the frosting is firm to the touch.
Step 14
While the 8-inch rounds are chilling, prepare the second tier. Add an even layer of buttercream between the cake layers.
Step 15
Then coat frosting around the cake, to fully cover the cake layers. Smooth using a bench scraper. Chill the cake in the fridge (20 minutes) or freezer (5 minutes) until the frosting is firm to the touch.
Step 16
Trim 4 bubble tea straws to be the exact height of the tier, and insert them into the cake, to help support the top tier. Place them an even distance apart, about 2 ½-inches from the center of the cake.
Step 17
Once the straws are in place, pierce the center of the cake with the wooden dowel. Carefully slide the 6-inch tier of cake over the dowel, until it rests on the 8-inch tier.
Step 18
Trim the stems of each flower to be 1-inch long. Wrap the flower stem and part of the wire with floral tape. Start at the flower and wrap until the end of the stem creating a point with the tape.
Step 19
Fill in the bottom of the top tier with frosting. Pipe two rings of frostings over the top and the lower ring of the cake.
Step 20
Insert the flowers into the ledge of the 8-inch tier and on top of the cake.
Step 21
Cut and serve.
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
1890
% Daily Value*
Fat
88.6 g
114%
Saturated Fat
56.7 g
284%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
--
Cholesterol
238.9 mg
80%
Carbohydrates
261.0 g
95%
Fiber
1.3 g
5%
Sugars
219.6 g
--
Protein
9.4 g
19%
Sodium
935.3 mg
41%
Vitamin D
0.6 µg
3%
Calcium
116.0 mg
9%
Iron
2.2 mg
12%
Potassium
180.6 mg
4%
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