a naked birthday cake


Sounds like a bit of a risque title, yes?!

No, none of that here. Just a gorgeously rustic, very delicious carrot cake.


Have you seen this trend of naked cakes (basically a cake that is not covered in frosting)? I find them to be so pretty and wanted to give it a try for my birthday cake.


It was so easy and looks so fancy (but it’s not!).


I used Ina Garten’s carrot cake recipe (found here) because everything she makes is golden.  She uses fresh pineapple in hers; I substituted crushed pineapple and it works great.  The cake is so moist and chunky and delicious (did I mention delicious?).


I baked the cake in two cake pans, then cut each one in half to make a thin layer (and just used three of them rather than four). The cream cheese frosting in between layers is rich and buttery and my favorite of all.


And for fun, I added my last hydrangea bloom, a few lingering petunias and wire vine from my summer planters.


naked carrot cake / jones design company
We thoroughly enjoyed the cake last night and will be snacking on it for breakfast for the next few days. Because carrot cake with it’s vegetables and fruit is practically healthy (or at least that’s what I tell myself).

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Jumping Into Graphic Design / jones design company

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DIY Pillow From a Favorite T-shirt

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Free Art Print! Autumn Essentials Watercolor by Jones Design Company

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Black and White Striped Dish Towels + Napkins (and a giveaway!)

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favorites so far in the fall house tour

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living room / fall home tour / jones design company

fall house tour 2015

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the beauty of an unmade bed

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too many pillows! / jones design company

coffee chat (scatterbrained edition)

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sending him into the world

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Simplified Graphic Design: Illustrator for Beginners / and online class from jones design company

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