Photo: Courtesy of Elise Strachan

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That Frosting the Cake Is Completely Optional
The "naked cake" trend has gone mainstream, much to unfussy bakers' delight. And while Strachan loves to embellish with frosting as much as the next baker, she also says there are more stunning ways to decorate a cake without icing (that will also save you time): Cover the baked cake with chocolate shards; stick some striped paper straws in it and tie mini bunting between them; or, lay some edible flowers on top. No one will miss the frosting.