One of the perks of living in MN is Twin Cities Live. It is a local show that is nationally recognized for the talent and quality of programming. I am slightly biased because I happen to adore one of the hosts (well both actually!!) , Elizabeth Ries. But even if I didn’t know her, I would still be a huge fan of the show!
Not only am I a #bigfan of the show, but occasionally I get to be a guest! My most recent appearance was all about Naked Cakes.
The top tier is one yellow cake recipe equally divided between two 6-inch round cake pans.
Peaking out just a little bit is the frosting that I used between the layers… cookie dough frosting! This is a really subtle way to create a cookie dough flavored naked cake. You could also make the layers themselves with chocolate chips and yellow or white cake.
For the embellishment around the cake I used Cookie Crisp cereal! Talk about a flash from the past. You knew it was a special occasion if you got this for breakfast!
You could also make mini chocolate chip cookies if you prefer.
I also prepared a Chocolate Naked Fruit Cake. This is two recipes of chocolate cake divided between four 8-inch round cake pans. For the sake of travel and TV, I chose to only use three of the four layers. It just got to be too high with four.
I used white buttercream in between the layers and added grapes, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and a beautiful pear on top.
I sprinkled the cake with powdered sugar right before the segment. And of course, using a rustic cake stand helps to create a rustic feel!
To serve you may want to have a cut up pear on hand (as well as more of the other fruit) so that you can leave the decorative pear on the cake as long as possible.
Also, I love the idea of drizzling a fruit syrup over the cake right before serving. Since fruit is a living thing, it will move and squish and leak wonderful fruit juices over the cake. (which I love) If you want to incorporate that into the design the fruit syrup drizzle will help!
This is how the cakes looked a few minutes before the segment. I ended up making it through the hour long drive with minimal damage, but you can see the frosting really seeped out of the bottom layer of the fruit cake. I added a bit more fruit around that spot to try and cover up the mishap.
As I mentioned, RIGHT before I added the powdered sugar. (which you can see in the actual segment)
See that pretty pink pastry bag in the back? That is from Bakerella’s new line of products!! I am super excited about her new line and have been so impressed with the quality if everything I have used so far.
Miss Elizabeth is going to have her first baby in just a few weeks! Such an exciting time.
If you want to check out my segment here it is! Also… I cannot be held responsible for rogue cake decorating. #justsayin #lookingatyouSteve
Are you local to Minnesota and have an idea that would be perfect for Twin Cities Live? Just contact them here and let them know!
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