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9 Naked Cakes That Prove Less (Frosting) Is More

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All October long, our Baking Club is making its way through Christina Tosi’s Momofuku Milk Bar, possibly the Club's most technically challenging book to date. After gathering our materials, members dove right in, tackling Tosi's complicated layer cakes, each with multiple sub-recipes.

Some Tier-iffic Cakes

Photos by Lindsay MacDonald, Timmy Gibbons
Photos by Patty Eggen, Lydia Scharon Sanders

Tosi's cakes have an especially unique look because she bakes them on quarter sheet pans, cuts out the layers with 6-inch cake rings, and builds them up with the help of strips of acetate. This results in frosting-free sides that highlight layers—so-called "naked cakes."

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Inspired by our club bakers? Make a naked cake yourself with one of the nine recipes below. We bet you'll agree that sometimes frosting-free is the way to be.

Faith Durand's Dark Molasses Gingerbread Cake
Faith Durand's Dark Molasses Gingerbread Cake
"World's Best Cake" with Banana & Coconut

"World's Best Cake" with Banana & Coconut by Sarah Jampel

Double Layer Cranberry Ginger Upside-Down Cake

Double Layer Cranberry Ginger Upside-Down Cake by Sarah Jampel

S'mores Layer Cake
S'mores Layer Cake
Little Flower's Tomato Ricotta Cake

Little Flower's Tomato Ricotta Cake by Sarah Jampel

The Walnut Variation: A Cake

The Walnut Variation: A Cake by Aliwaks

Vermont Spice Pumpkin Cake
Vermont Spice Pumpkin Cake
Tomato Soup Cake

Tomato Soup Cake by Marian Bull

Brown Butter Waffle Cake + Sorghum Meringue Buttercream

Brown Butter Waffle Cake + Sorghum Meringue Buttercream by Beth Kirby | {local milk}

See what's ahead for the Baking Club this fall (and beyond) here, and get in on the action by joining us on Facebook.

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