Monday, 11 November 2013

toffee, coffee and vanilla naked layer cake with salted toffee whipped cream icing

... according to those in the know the naked layer cake will be a big food trend in 2014... we're already seeing a few examples of it on the web and in some early-adopter type cook-books but they're not actually calling themselves naked cakes, they just happen to be... the concept is pretty simple and is all about showing the baked sides of the cake rather than dressing it in icing... some leave the baked edges as they are, direct from the tin and some, like ive done here, shave the edges away, creating an even more undressed look, to reveal the colour of the sponge beneath...  and so not one to jump on a bandwagon too late i thought i'd turn my tricks to something a bit special for you to salivate over...

toffee, coffee and vanilla naked layer cake with salted toffee whipped cream icing
suffice it to say I thought id go for something naturally nude rather than using loads of food colouring and I had something caramel in mind... the sponges are a very simple 'weigh the egg' sponge, the top one with some beautiful little pod pure bourbon vanilla extract, the middle one using their divine pure coffee extract and the bottom one a mixture of a homemade toffee sauce and cocoa... the icing is a salted toffee, whipped cream icing...

I made each cake in the same bowl with no cleaning in between... start with the vanilla then move on to the coffee, then the cocoa cake... just use a good silicone spatula to clean out the bowl in between each...

for the salted toffee sauce
250ml double cream
85g butter
100g light muscovado sugar
pinch of seas salt

for each sponge (20cm loose bottomed cake tin)
2 eggs
150g butter
150g golden caster sugar
150g self-raising flour
for the vanilla sponge - add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
for the coffee sponge - add 2 teaspoons coffee extract or small cup of espresso 
for the chocolate toffee sponge - add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons toffee sauce

for the salted toffee whipped cream icing
185g very soft butter
3 tablespoons toffee sauce
200g icing sugar
200ml double cream

grease and line your tins and lay them out in a row - preheat your oven to 170C

make the toffee sauce first by combing all the ingredients in a pan and heat gently until it melts and bubbles... let it darken to a nice, rich toffee colour, then take it off the heat and let it cool ready to use

in a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy then add the eggs and beat in followed by the flour and the vanilla and beat in - pour into one of the tins and leave in a heap

make the next cake the same way but add the coffee extract at the end - pour into one of the tins and leave in a heap

make the final cake adding the toffee sauce with the sugar and then the cocoa at the end - pour into one of the tins and leave in a heap

smooth out each cake then bake in the oven for 25 - 30 mins until a skewer inserted comes out clean -- set aside to cool then trim the sides if desired.

to make the icing simply beat all the ingredients together in a bowl until it begins to thicken and come together to the desired buttercream consistency

layer the cakes together with the icing and a drizzle of toffee sauce, then drizzle the top with the remaining sauce

eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. I had not realised I was a naked cake baker Dom! There you go,I am trending! LOL! BLOODY lush cake too darlink! xxxx

  2. You have me salivating right away. I would be very happy to have a piece of that cake right now. It looks great and according to the description it is absolutely my thing.

  3. It definitely has a rustic chic look about it and it sounds delish.

  4. Oh you sexy boy! You had me at 'naked', then you had me even more at 'salted caramel'. Wicked!

  5. Bloody lovely, I need me a slice

  6. Naked cakes, eh? Naughty but nice, Dom!

  7. I'm sure you do it on purpose, Dom! Now my husband wants me to make one of these Naked Cakes, I'm not quite sure how to respond ;-)

  8. I'm definitely team cake rather than team frosting so I love the idea of a naked cake especially when the layers themselves sound so delicious!

  9. The ombre layers are beautiful - and it sounds delicious too of course!

  10. Stoppit right this minute, I just put on a pound reading the recipe! I want someone to make me this cake, and I don't care if they or it are naked or not.

  11. Absolutely gorgeous! Please pass the cake over... umm the whole cake if you please as a slice won't be enough! :)

  12. they are now on my radar Dom.

  13. Oh my! What an epic cake. Just gorgeous.

  14. This is one sexy naked cake! I'm a big fan of this style, I love how keeping it simple and not faffing with icing the sides actually makes it a lot more attractive. The graduated colour of the sponges is fab too - bookmarked!

  15. You have outdone yourself once again, Dom! That is one gorgeous cake! I love this new naked trend.. it makes the cake look even more inviting!!

  16. OMG ... not THAT is 'another beautiful cake' !!!! You know I'm a fan of the naked cake, mostly because I suck at icing the sides of cakes, but also because you can truly appreciate the construction of the cake when the sides are exposed ... everything looks more elegant to me! This is SUCH a winner, Dom! Kudos!

  17. Looks delicious! Also definitely looks like it is going to be something cropping up a lot in 2014 - it was on the front cover of Delicious. and everything last month... Time to get with the trend, and bake!

  18. This certainly looks impressive! Perfect timing too as it's my Italian boyfriend's birthday next week and was looking for a cake recipe that combined English and Italian flavours. Think this would go down a storm!

  19. i feel slimmer just by reading this post, 'i guess i won't add some unnecessary calories intake, let us enjoy our cake..
    not overpowering whip cream..
    the salted caramel is sounds irresistable!

  20. oh my! that looks gorgeous,,,
    I baked a naked cake today & joked about naked cakes being all the rage...who knew!

  21. What a nice combo of flavours in those sponges and so good for the waistline - less icing - I could really get into this nude baking.

  22. There is only one word to describe this cake - glorious. And then I have a few more - I want some ...

  23. This looks great, love coffee cake and this looks like it'd be amazing.

  24. Sorry I'm late to comment, but THAT IS FRIGGING CAKE PORN.

  25. nice, looks like a delicious recipe. thanks for posting this recipe, i love toffee.


  26. thanks for that fantastic recipe:
    i made it today its delicous


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