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The Groom's Cake Tradition

A long-standing tradition in the southern United States, a groom's cake is a gift from the bride to the groom. Think back to a scene in "Steel Magnolias" where all the women are having a discussion about a red and gray cake in the shape of an armadillo. That armadillo was the groom's cake Shelby was planning to give her husband-to-be.

What is a Groom's Cake?

A groom's cake is typically smaller than the couple's wedding cake, one layer only, and is decorated to reflect a particular hobby or interest of the groom. or example, a hockey fan's groom's cake may be made in the shape and color of a hockey puck. The groom who enjoys shooting hoops could have a groom's cake resembling a basketball. If the groom likes to strum a few tunes from time to time, then a guitar groom's cake is perfect.

The history of a groom's cake goes like this. The groom's cake was not to be served to the guests while at the wedding reception, but rather it was to be sliced up, placed into packages and given to them as favors when they departed. Single women at the wedding would take their pieces of cake home and sleep with it under their pillows in hopes of dreaming of their future husbands.

Popular Themes

Themes often chosen for groom's cakes include hobbies, sports, sports teams, colleges or universities, and computers. But, because every groom is different, anything can be used as inspiration to make your groom's cake personal and unique.

What Kind of Cake?

Basically any kind of cake will do; there are no rules. It is best, however, to have it made in your groom's favorite flavor, like chocolate, vanilla, fruit - whatever you know he loves.

Where to Find a Groom's Cake

A cake is a cake, so the simplest route to having a groom's cake made is to consult with the same baker who is making your wedding cake. As long as the baker is open to unique and original designs, you can request anything you like. Perhaps your baker has a catalogue you can browse through of groom's cake themes. Sometimes bakers will offer a package deal for the two cakes, so be sure to ask about this.

When to Serve the Groom's Cake

As mentioned above, tradition dictates that the groom's cake is handed out to guests as favors when they leave the reception. But, in these days, you can serve the groom's cake whenever you see fit. Some couples like to share it with their wedding party at the rehearsal dinner. Some offer it to the bridesmaids after the reception to enjoy with drinks. Others like to keep it handy just in case there is not enough of the wedding cake to go around. Perhaps the most romantic thing is to take the groom's cake with you after the reception and enjoy it the next day as a "sweet" start to your life together.

Should I Have a Groom's Cake?

Good question, with the answer being "if you want to." While groom's cakes are a tradition in the south, elsewhere it is really a matter of preference. There is no rule, but if you want to add a sentimental touch to your wedding day, then honor your groom with his own cake. It is a sweet gesture that will give your guests something extra to talk about.

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