The groom’s cake is supposed to be a gift from
the Bride to the Groom. The tradition of the Groom's Cake began in the South and
was originally a symbol of the couple's sweet life together. In ancient times, it was believed that if a single woman
put a piece of the Groom’s cake under her pillow, she would dream that night
of the man she would marry.
For years the Groom's cake served as a type of
favor for guests. It was a dark fruitcake which was baked in advance, cut up
into small squares, and put into little monogrammed boxes. The boxes were given
to the guests to take home. The time, labor and cost in doing this ultimately
led to the virtual end to this tradition.
Today the Groom's cake really serves as a way for
the Groom to have his own special part of the reception or rehearsal dinner. The
cake often hints at some aspect of the Groom's personality. If the Groom loves
to play golf, the cake may resemble a golf bag. If the Groom is a race car
driver, the cake may resemble a race car. If the Groom loves Tom Brady, the cake
may resemble his football jersey...you get the picture.
This cake is usually dark, liquor-soaked,
CHOCOLATE, or deep chocolate fudge. If he just loves carrot cake, make it carrot
cake. If he just loves cupcakes more than regular cake, make it cupcakes! There
is no limit to the design and there is nothing really traditional about it. The cake would be displayed next to the
wedding cake and later cut up and put in small white boxes for the guests to
The Bride usually orders the
Groom's cake from the same baker who is providing the wedding cake. Unless the
Groom was in on the original decision, the Bride usually keeps the design of the
cake a secret until the wedding day. Some Groom's prefer to order the Groom's
cake themselves, keeping it a secret from the Bride. Either way, the Groom's
cake can be a fun part of the wedding celebration.
Sometimes the groom’s cake is served at the
reception as an alternative or SECOND DESSERT choice. Some couples choose to
serve the Groom's cake at the Rehearsal Dinner as a dessert because it is often
a "less serious" cake than the wedding cake. Other couples choose to
display both the wedding cake and the Groom's cake at the wedding, allowing the
Groom's cake to serve as another dessert option. Either way, both are
Until recently, many
couples had chosen to forego the groom's cake, as an unnecessary expense. However, the groom’s cake has made a recent
comeback. It has shown up as dessert at the
dinner or a "late night snack" to be enjoyed with the wedding
party. It makes for a great surprise, a few laughs and who can resist a deep,
double chocolate fudge cake?