Easy Berry Semi Naked Cake

This luscious berry semi naked cake finishes out my spring sweets week! It is so easy, I almost hate to call it a recipe!

Admittedly, I am not a cake decorator! If you want to read more about my failed attempt at following in my very talented mother’s footsteps, I share it in this fresh strawberry cupcakes post!

Berry Semi Naked Cake

I will always love autumn the most, but I do enjoy knowing that fresh local fruit will soon be in abundance!

Since I was styling a spring table I decided to make a cake to use as a centerpiece! As the centre of attention, I needed it to be extra special. But, with no real cake decorating skills to speak of, I always lean towards a rustic naked cake.

This time however I went with a semi naked cake. Not too much frosting, but just enough to give the cake that extra creamy flavour!

Isn’t she pretty!

Easy Berry Semi Naked Cake decorated with blackberries and blueberries

I have been admiring all the plump blackberries and blueberries in the grocery stores lately, so I took advantage of a sale and snapped up several of each. Be warned, set some aside for your cake if you don’t want your family to eat them all first!

What makes this cake so easy

  • it starts with a boxed cake mix
  • blueberry jam makes for an easy filling
  • it is impossible to mess up with its’ rustic appeal
  • simply pile on the frosting, and then scrape almost all of it back off with a spatula
  • plunk some berries on top and call it a day
Top view of a cake decorated with fresh blueberries and blackberries

How do you smooth the frosting on a semi naked cake

I have included links (affiliate) below to a few tools that make smoothing out the frosting easier. But by far the best way to ensure a smooth frosting is using a spatula that is dipped into warm water.

I find that starting with a layer of frosting that is somewhat thick. Not overly so, but definitely enough that you will be scraping some off with each pass of the spatula. Dipping the spatula into a glass of water will help the spatula glide effortlessly as you apply just enough pressure to remove enough frosting to create that semi naked finish.

Also, as mentioned below, having a turntable to easily turn the cake as you smooth out the frosting makes the job much easier.

Handy tools for cake decorating

How to decorate a semi naked cake

When it comes to decorating a semi naked cake, the possibilities really are endless. For this tutorial, I am using fresh blueberries and blackberries, but cherries, strawberries or even peach slices would be lovely.

I have created a simple video to take you step by step through my process for creating a show stopping semi naked cake! Simply pause the video anytime you need to take a closer look! (The full recipe is below)

I have been so inspired by all the fresh fruit starting to pop up in the Farmer’s market! My creative juices are flowing and I will be sharing lots of fresh new recipes throughout the spring and summer season!

Slice of blueberry filled layer cake

I really encourage you to give this semi naked cake a try! No matter what your cake decorating skill level, you can create a masterpiece that will wow your family and friends. Take it from me, someone who was kicked out of cake decorating class!!

Semi naked cake decorated with berries on top of a wooden cake stand

Other cake recipes you might like

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Peach Naked Cake

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Very Berry Semi Naked Cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This delicious berry naked cake is so easy, it almost isn't a recipe! No matter what your skill level, you can decorate this stunning cake in no time!


  • Vanilla boxed cake mix plus ingredients to prepare
  • Easy Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Fresh blueberries and blackberries
  • Faux or fresh green leaves
  • Blueberry jam


  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions and cool completely
  2. Using a serrated knife, trim the top of cake layers to ensure a level surface
  3. Place the bottom layer of the cake on a cake plate or platter
  4. Fill a piping bag with frosting and without using a tip, draw a circle of frosting around the perimeter of the bottom layer
  5. Using an offset spatula, spread a layer of blueberry jam within the frosting circle
  6. Carefully align and press top layer gently over the bottom layer, cut side down
  7. Using the piping bag, fill in the space between layers with frosting and using offset spatula, spread frosting along sides of cake. Use the spatula to add more frosting as need to cover the sides with a light layer of frosting.
  8. Dip the offset spatula in water and using the edge, smooth the frosting, removing some of the frosting as you go, to create a smooth, thin layer of frosting.
  9. Add a slightly thicker layer of frosting on the top of the cake, allowing the outer edges to show through. Add a mound of frosting in the centre of the cake
  10. Gently press the first layer of berries into the mound of frosting. Add more berries using the piping bag to dap each berry before positioning it in place. The frosting will help hold it in place.
  11. Using clean fresh leaves (or faux is fine), tuck them in amongst the bottom of the berries.


Feel free to substitute any seasonal fruit for the blueberries and blackberries

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  1. I’m sort of a cake mix collector so I’m always looking for ways to use them up. Love how easy this is!