Yeah, I said it. Naked. Chocolate. Cake. Before you get carried away, I must confess that the nakedness of this cake simply refers to its' lack of frosting. A naked cake is when the sides are not frosted, leaving the cake’s layers and filling exposed.
How did I do it?
The night before the party, I baked my layers! I used a basic chocolate cake mix from a box, (#sorrynotsorry) and store bought vanilla frosting. I bought two containers of each because I wasn’t sure how much I would end up needing. (Especially when I try something for the first time, I round up when it comes to supplies!) I also purchased an 8 inch round cake pan from Michaels. It was $7.99, so I only bought one. Part of me knew buying more than one would have made the process easier, but I was too cheap to spend over 20 dollars on the cake pans alone, even though, I will use them in the future. Maybe one day I'll learn, but thankfully this time it turned out alright.
- I mixed one box of the cake mix according to the directions on the back of the box.
- I sprayed the cake pan with pam cooking spray and filled it about ½ way full with the cake batter. I used a measuring cup to try to keep each layer as even as possible
- Popped it in the oven and baked until it was done. While layer one was baking, I stored the batter for layer two in the fridge.
- I let the pan cool as much as possible and then let the cake itself chill on a cooling rack. Then I filled the pan ½ way with the same amount of cake mix as layer one.
- While layer two was cooking I realized I would not have enough cake batter for a third layer. I debated if two layers would be enough but I knew I needed that third layer, if for no other reason than because the height of three layers would really make the cake. I made the second box of cake mix and knew immeadiatly that I made the right decision.
- Once all 3 layers were cooled off, I wrapped them in plastic wrap and stored them in sealed containers in the fridge overnight.
The day of the party I leveled off the tops of each layer with a serrated knife, as best I could, so that they were all equal in height. The levelness didn’t prove to be too big of an issue, because the filling/frosting helped mask any imperfections. I used pink food coloring to make the frosting a gorgeous hot pink.
I placed the first layer on the cake pedestal and spread some frosting on the top- all the way to the edges, but not over to the sides. I repeated with the other two layers of cake. Yes, I put some frosting on the top. It was necessary for color, as well as for the adorable cake toppers. They look like they landed on a pink candy cloud, a la a Katy Perry video.
You can thank the dollar spot at Target for those mystical ponies. I liked how the one added the right amount of purple to the mix, as well as a fun mascot for the party.
The cake was delicious. I wouldn’t change anything about how I did it, except maybe have it more often.