Turn the cake tables
Posted: Monday, Mar. 30, 2009
While the traditional wedding cake is typically elegant and often intricately decorated in creamy or pastel shades with flowers and ribbons, the grooms cake is more casual and fun. The first grooms cakes were usually a dark fruitcake, but in recent years it has evolved into a dark chocolate or chocolate fudge cake, often covered with ganache. Devils food and carrot cakes are also good choices when considering various options.
As the name might suggest, the grooms cake is designed to honor him and should be a whimsical representation of his favorite hobby or sport in the flavor he loves. There are many themes and designs that are appropriate, and the following are examples to consider:Favorite things fishing, golfing, carpentry, rock climbing, flying, music, art, chessboard, cigar box, book, pet, western, cartoon character
Sports Alma Mater, race car or racing flag, baseball, basketball, football, golf club, golf ball, soccer ball, rugby ball, volleyball, tennis racquet
Professions briefcase, stethoscope, scales of justice, calculator, military emblem, truck, lumber, textiles, police badge, fire hydrant, ambulance
Other ideas flag or heritage symbols, monogram, a basketweave or package design, fresh sugared fruits on or around a beautifully iced cakeTraditionally, the grooms cake was cut into pieces, boxed up and sent home with guests after the reception. Legend said that if the unmarried women who attended the wedding placed their pieces under their pillows, they would dream about their future husbands.
Although these traditions have faded, the grooms cake has evolved into a standard part of todays wedding customs. Occasionally, the grooms cake is served at the wedding reception as a second dessert; however, it is typically part of the rehearsal dinner as to not detract from the wedding cake. No matter when it is served, it is a memorable way to focus attention on the man of the hour.List of Cake VendorsMore Planning Articles