The groom’s cake is a secondary cake to the main/traditional wedding cake that reflects a hobby or interest of the groom.
Traditionally, the groom’s cake was a fruitcake. Recently, chocolate is a favorite.
If you’re from the American South, you’re probably familiar with the groom’s cake.
In the ‘old days’ the groom’s cake was actually referred to as the wedding cake. What we now call the wedding cake was known then as bride cake.
Traditionally, as early as the 17th century, wedding cakes were made in pairs, one for the bride and another for the groom. The groom’s cake was a dark, heavy fruitcake that was smaller than bride cake and usually didn’t have any icing. According to custom, if a single woman slept with the groom’s cake box under her pillow, that night she would dream of the man she was to marry. (Sounds like a recipe for crumbs and a messy bed, if you ask me!)
Today the grooms’ cake is a popular feature (no matter where you’re from) and may well be on your client’s list of must-haves. Since very few people actually like fruit cake, encourage your clients—especially the groom—to select a flavor that has more mass appeal.
The modern-day groom’s cake is the perfect opportunity for the groom to showcase his own taste or highlight a favorite sport or hobby. For example an avid hockey fan or player might opt for a hockey-stick shaped cake.
Serve the groom’s cake at some point during the wedding reception, either alongside the wedding cake, or arrange to have the slices boxed up and distribute to wedding guests to take home. If your clients have a dessert buffet (more on that in another article), suggest including the groom’s cake as part of the delicious display.
Alternatively, the groom’s cake can be showcased own its own and served at the rehearsal dinner, instead.
By the way some of your clients will want to keep the groom ‘in the dark’ by surprising him with the Groom’s cake at the reception, so be prepared to work in top-secret fashion.