You may have already chosen your wedding cake design and flavors, but have you considered a groom’s cake? The groom’s cake has long been a tradition in the South, but has gained popularity in the North in the past decade. Many people hadn’t even heard of a groom’s cake until the 1989 hit movie â€œSteel Magnolias,â€ where Dylan McDermott’s character is treated to a red velvet lifelike armadillo cake. That movie spawned a host of armadillo groom’s cakes popping up all over the country, and it helped to popularize the unique addition to the wedding menu.
The design and theme of your groom’s cake is completely unique. It’s all about your groom. Popular themes for groom’s cakes are college mascots, occupations, favorite sports teams, cars, hobbies or alcoholic beverages. Once you decide on a theme, you need to determine how many people you need to serve. Will the cake be for the rehearsal dinner or the wedding reception? Will it feed everyone or just the wedding party? It may be a matter of budget for you. If you want to feed everyone at your reception, but you really want a 3D realistic Jeep, then you may have to opt for a small cake for the wedding party only or for the rehearsal dinner. You can always size-down your wedding cake by the amount of servings in your groom’s cake and then have enough to feed everyone.
Often, the groom’s cake is chosen by the bride as a surprise for her husband-to-be. You will have to be the judge of whether or not your husband will enjoy a surprise on his wedding day. Most will be happy with a surprise, but you may have a fiance who would like to choose his own groom’s cake. You might want to talk about it a little during your wedding cake tastings to determine which way you’d like to go.
Another thing to consider is, will it be an elaborate 3D creation or a simple chocolate tiered cake? Chocolate is a very popular flavor, as well as theme, for a groom’s cake. Nothing looks and tastes quite as delicious as a cake made with six different chocolates! If you’d like something elaborate and carved, you will need to give your baker as much notice as you will for your wedding cake. Elaborate cakes take up a good chunk of time in a baker’s calendar, and if you decide you’d like a groom’s cake some time after you order the wedding cake, it might not be feasible for your baker. I personally like to take on one or two wedding cakes per weekend, and that’s my limit so that I can devote enough time to the wedding cakes along with the rest of my week’s work. This will depend upon the size of the bakery you use and how many decorators they employ. If I were asked to do a groom’s cake for the same couple who booked a wedding cake with me, that would fill up my schedule. So, plan ahead for the groom’s cake, as well!
When serving the groom’s cake, you will have to determine where it will be set out. Sometimes, the groom’s cake will have its own table away from the wedding cake. Other times, they will be displayed together. Take a look at your reception hall plans and see where it would look best, and be sure to let the banquet manager know that you will need another table if you so choose.
Whatever you choose, your fiance is sure to be smiling with a cake that is all about him!