You know I love all things in Washington DC area, but lately, I’ve been inspired and in love with all things British, so for the next recipe in or DIY wedding dessert series, I took a traditional English dessert and made it bridal shower friendly (translation: miniature). Our girl, Hannah Colclazier Photography, was once again on hand to capture these sweet little treats. These individual Victoria sponge cakes or naked cupcakes, are super simple to make but still look like you picked them up from the bakery. And if you’re in the mood for more frosting-free desserts, check out our recipe for a bridal shower naked cake. Alright poppet, let’s get started!

Naked Cupcakes Bridal Shower Dessert Recipe DIY Naked Cupcake Recipe


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Whipped cream
Lemon curd


Electric mixer
12-cup muffin pan
Non-stick spray or vegetable shortening

To Make:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare cupcake pan cavities with a non-stick vegetable pan spray or coat with vegetable shortening and flour to ensure perfect release without sticking.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a medium bowl and set aside. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar in a separate bowl until it pale and fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time, and stir in the vanilla extract. Using a large spoon, gently fold in flour mixture with butter, sugar and eggs. Beat in milk until the batter reaches a soft, dripping consistency.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then pop them out to cool completely on a wire rack.

These cupcakes can be served as is, just dusted with confectioners’ sugar. For a naked cupcakes, or miniature Victoria sponge cakes, cut the cake in half horizontally and sandwich the layers together with jam, lemon curd, or whipped cream and fruit. Dust the tops with confectioners’ sugar.


Thank you to Hannah Colclazier Photography for taking such gorgeous pictures! Where will you be using your naked cupcakes? Don’t forget to check out all of our other wedding DIY desserts! Can you tell we have a sweet tooth!?

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen. You can also share your wedding announcement with the world!

Photo Credits: Hannah Colclazier Photography

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