Emily Baines
September 24, 2016 10:53 am
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Weddings are supposed to be a happy time, full of love and friendship and, yes, cake. And as any good friend will tell you, just like the wedding dress, the most important part of a wedding is the bride and groom’s happiness—so why do people keep complaining about this popular cake trend?

According to Country Living, the trouble began with this Instagram post:

The negative comments came pouring in. People hated the naked cake look. (Naked cakes, for those of you who don’t know, are layer cakes that are served with either none or very little frosting on the sides.) Even Brides.com called the naked cake look one of the worst wedding trends.

And yet, if everyone hates it so much, why is it so darn popular? A search on Instagram for #nakedcake turns up nearly a half million photos, and over 17 million results on Google.

Frankly, while naked cakes aren’t my cup of tea, I don’t find them hideous. In fact, some are downright pretty.

If you say you’d turn that down, you’re LYING.

Some say the naked cake trend began in 2007, when Momofuku Milk Bar began offering them as alternatives to over-frosted cakes. And, having tried one, I can tell you: they’re delicious.

I fantasize about their birthday cake.

The secret to good naked cake is to not let it get dry. A lot of poorly done naked cakes lose most of their moisture without the aid of frosting. Keeping a cake moist is an art. But one that is doable! (Cakes just need to be made ahead of time and properly stored.) Plus, just a smattering of frosting always helps.

Naked cakes, when properly decorated, can be gorgeous. And frankly, if you don’t like the look of a naked cake, who cares? It likely still tastes delicious.

So, seriously, lay off. (Just like the icing.) When it’s your wedding, you can do whatever you want. Why complain when there is STILL LITERALLY CAKE TO BE EATEN??

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