Naked Cakes and Live TV

filed under: White Cakes on November 17, 2014

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.

Cookie Crisp Naked Cake!

This bottom of this cake is three layers of yellow cake prepared in 9-inch round cakes pans.  I used two yellow cake recipes and divided it between three pans.

The top tier is one yellow cake recipe equally divided between two 6-inch round cake pans.

Cookie Crisp Naked Cake!

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.

Cookie Crisp Naked 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.

Naked Fruit Cake!

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.

Naked Fruit Cake!

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.

Elizabeth Ries and!

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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  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

    You are so the bee’s knees. Such a pro and so full of live on tv. You are right in your element and your cakes are the best in all the land.

    • Amanda says:

      LOL You are a funny lady. 🙂

  • Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour says:

    Congrats! You did such a great job and your cakes are beautiful as always!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Zainab says:

    Loved this segment Amanda!! And these cakes are just stunning!!

    • Amanda says:


  • Maribel Cota {Bruni's Boulangerie} says:

    The cakes are absolutely GORGEOUS!
    I made a naked cake but nothing compared with these cakes.
    Congrats Amanda! You are an amazing baker and inspiration for me always.

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Loved watching you on TV. . you’re a natural! and LOVE these gorgeous cakes!!! Now, naked cakes are cakes even I can frost!!! Totally doing this on my next cake!!! love!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says:

    Way to go, Amanda! You are such a natural on camera. And those cakes look amazing. I want a few pieces of each!

  • Heather @ Shards of Lavender says:

    I may have watched your segment more than once to catch all the fun! All of your cakes are stunning, but I really loved how you decorated the rustic chocolate cake with the fruit and powdered sugar:) Someday, I can see you with your own show!

  • Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land says:

    CAKE CELEB IN THE HOUSSEEEE! seriously … love your naked cakes – dying a little over the mini cookie one!! PS pink pastry bag? eeks! blasting on over to the cookie dough frosting now… hehe! xo

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    Oh my goodness Amanda, I loved watching the segment – you are such a natural on camera 🙂 And these cakes are just masterpieces! I can just imagine how amazing they taste and wish I could have a slice of each – pinning!

  • Monica says:

    What a great segment! You are so natural and did a fabulous job making it look like so much fun. Not that I would ever be in your position but if it were me, I’d be stuttering and short of breath. The cakes look fabulous, too! : )

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    I find naked cakes so intimidating! I don’t know if my cake layers could ever be that perfect! And to try to do anything on live TV without making a fool of myself? Probably impossible. I’m sure you’re much better at it than I would be!

  • Chichi says:

    Stunning cakes. I’m such a fan of nake cakes and can i say again that yours are stunning Amanda.

  • Joanne says:

    How awesome! I kind of love the naked cake trend because frosting is NOT my strong suit. My naked cakes never turn out quite as gorgeous as yours, though!

  • Charlotte Moore says:

    I really enjoyed seeing you on the Twin Cities show. You looked so relaxed and did a good job.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you sweet Charlotte!

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    WOW! What absolutely gorgeous cakes, love the whole naked cakes look 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks pretty lady!

  • Aaryne says:

    Beautiful cakes…I love the “naked” design since I am a “salty” and too much frosting is too sweet for me sometimes! Very fun!!

    • Amanda says:

      LOL Love it!

  • Becca from says:

    I’m giddy that I can now say I know another celebrity “on a personal basis”. You’re SO awesome!

  • Renee @ Two in the Kitchen says:

    You are too dang cute! I loved watching that segment! “These were made in ancient Egypt”: Bahahaha!!! Your cakes are beautiful as always and you are an absolute natural on TV!! 🙂

  • Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy says:

    COOKIE CRISP!!!!!!!!!

  • Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says:

    I’d never even heard of naked cakes until recently, but I love the idea because I find it so hard to make frosting the sides look perfect. This would simplify things a little bit… or so I’d think. I could be way off though – I’ll have to try it to find out! The cakes look beautiful and I’m so glad to hear that there weren’t any catastrophes with driving an hour on the road with them! Yikes!!

  • Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules says:

    You’re so full of wit and such a natural! You had me laughing at that Egypt comment. These cakes are just stunning!

  • heather @french press says:

    so I actually think I prefer naked cakes, and up until a minute ago didn’t even know they were a thing! and I SO miss living in Minneaplois

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

    These cakes are wonderful! I really really love that cookie dough one. So fun using cookie crisp. The chocolate one is beautiful too! So fun that you get to be on tv! 🙂

  • Serene @ House of Yumm says:

    You are a genius when it comes to cake. And c’mon a naked cake, cookie dough frosting, AND Cookie Crisp?! Not to mention you make it all look gorgeous.

    • Amanda says:

      And you are the nicest commentor ever. 🙂

  • Patricia says:

    You do so well on TV, you are a natural! And I say that as a former TV producer. I really enjoyed the segment and always enjoy your site.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!! That means a lot to me! 🙂