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History of the Groom's Cake

The Groom's Cake: A Sweet (and Whimsical) Wedding Custom

The cake-cutting ceremony is one moment for which wedding guests are sure to save their appetites — and if they're lucky, they may be looking forward to not one, but two sweet endings. At many weddings, a dessert called a groom's cake will take residence next to the towering white original.

A reliable history of the groom's cake is difficult to trace. Among the many legends, some believe it was served by the groom to the bridesmaids; others say a bride wanted a chocolate cake for her wedding without forgoing the white color scheme. Despite the dessert's nonessential role in the wedding, it's long been traditional in the South, and has made somewhat of a comeback in recent years.

Because the cake is a gift from the bride to the groom, it often reflects the groom's interests and comes in a variety of flavors (although chocolate has been historically popular) and themes (such as sports teams). A groom's cake with a sentimental message is a heartfelt, timely, and surprising wedding present to your significant other. If the idea of another cake at the wedding sounds redundant, consider serving it at the rehearsal dinner, an apropos occasion since the groom's family typically hosts the occasion. What are your thoughts on the wedding tradition?

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jmorri26 jmorri26 7 years
I worked at a cake shop in GA and as I've always understood it, its a southern tradition thats spread more with time (and cake shows gaining popularity) Every wedding I've seen has had a groom's cake. A wedding isn't a wedding without one! But in recent years, I definitely noticed a decline in them as more couples are wanting every tier of their cake different flavors. The need for a separate chocolate cake isn't necessary. I got married last year and our wedding cake was all white cake and I got a Ghostbusters logo chocolate cake for my husband. He loved it.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
Here in the Northeast we don't do these... but its hard to say no to some of the gorgeous grooms cakes that I've seen on some of the cake shows (Cake boss, etc.)
lilashleyxox lilashleyxox 7 years
Im from NYC and have never seen one.
lucyinthesky1130 lucyinthesky1130 7 years
Where I live, there usually isn't a groom's cake. But because my man does not like cake, I think it would be nice to surprise him with a grooms cake made of red JELLO. Its one of his favorite foods and he would love it! Just trying to think of a non-messy way to do it........
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I thought it would have been cool to have one, but my husband didn't want one because of the extra cost.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
If I do a groom's cake for my honey it would be either something to do with the SF Giants (which would pair well with our favor of mini helmets) or a Star Wars cakes. . . hmm. I think I'll do the SF Giants :) His mom loves the team too and they would get a kick out of it. I'll do Star Wars for his 30th birthday.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Interesting. I'm from California, that's probably why I've never seen one before. I want to do a small cake (for cake cutting) and the rest cupcakes. :) No Groom's Cake.
laurenot laurenot 7 years
my husband wanted to do his own groom's cake and made a cocolate rum cake- which was fun, especially because we had a very informal rehearsal dinner. He got to pick the recipe, the cake topper, the whole bit- it was his little wedding "project." It was nice for him to take ownership of one thing and let me take the reins on the rest!
lawchick lawchick 7 years
dana it's VERY common here in the south. in fact, I can only think of one wedding I've been to that didn't have one. the most common setup is the bride has a big white layered cake, and the groom has a square chocolate cake, or some other kind of non-wedding-y cake (a friend's husband from New Orleans had king cake). my husband's (which was a surprise) was a chocolate cake with his alma mater's logo on it.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I've heard of the Groom's cake, but never actually seen it at a wedding. I wasn't planning on having one. Is it a pretty common thing?
rayjake rayjake 7 years
I gave my husband a surprise groom cake at our wedding, in the shape of his alma matter's logo. It was hard to keep it a surprise, but so worth it to see his face light up when I walked him over to the cake table before dinner! He loved it, and I thought it was a really sweet (and delicious!) way to show him how much I love him.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i'd love to surprise my man with this, and it would be particularly cute for us because i would put his favorite team on it - it's a running joke between me and his family because my team is their nemesis...his dad and others would get a huge kick out of it, and it would be my way of saying i accept them even if their team sucks ;)
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