Thursday, November 6, 2008

.....and the Groom's Cake

This post is dedicated to Landon! He pointed out in my last post that I shouldn't forget the Groom's Cake. Where the heck did the idea for a groom's cake come from?!? Well, according to Wedding DNA here is a little background on the infamous groom's cake.....

"The history of the grooms cake or wedding grooms cake is hard to trace. Some articles note that recipes for grooms cake began appearing in American cookbooks in the early 19th century. These were usually fruitcakes, and traditionally more substantial and more alcoholic than the bride's cake (what we call the wedding cake), which was a lighter, more delicate confection.

Today, the grooms cake doesn't have to be a fruitcake, though it will still differ from the bride's cake and is usually smaller with darker filling and icing.
For this reason, the wedding grooms cake is often a chocolate, carrot, or spice cake.

Nowadays, the bride often orders the cake with the grooms favorite filling and icing, and then keeps it a secret. A new tradition is
for the bride to have the grooms cake made in the shape of something that represents his personality or interests. Since the wedding and reception are very much focused on the bride, the wedding grooms cake honors him in a special way.

Some wedding-etiquette consultants take the view that the groom's mother should bake the cake herself. This is a nice way to credit "mom's cooking." Other consultants aren't strict on this. Some even say that the groom may, if he prefers, order the cake and keep it a secret from the bride.

Often the grooms cake will be in the shape of something not very wedding-like, such as a football, car, or guitar. This is why it is sometimes served at the rehearsal dinner. Still, many prefer to share it at the reception, usually on a table separate from the wedding cake.

Traditionally, small pieces of grooms cake were wrapped and sent home with unmarried female guests. It was believed that if a maiden tucked the cake under her pillow, her dreams would reveal the man she was to marry. If you'd like to revive this tradition, wrap pieces of wedding grooms cake in foil and net or small gift boxes, and attach a note describing the superstition.

The wedding grooms cake may cost less than the bridal
cake. But if it is ordered as a "groom's cake", it will likely cost more than if it were made exactly the same but called a "birthday cake".

While considering the grooms cake, you may want to consult with your fiance' to see how he would prefer this tradition to be carried out. After all, the purpose of the wedding grooms cake is
to honor the groom!"

One of my co-workers had a groom's cake that looked like a soccer ball since her husband LOVES soccer. Here are some other examples of groom's cakes:

A Cubs Hat and a Case of Wine both by Confetti Cakes

Gone Fishing by Ron Ben-Israel Cakes and a DeWalt Tool Box by Charm City Cakes

This most definitely would be what my fiance would want- a Guinness Groom's Cake by Sweet Little Sheila's Celtic and Creative Cakes


Jenny.Lee said...

I can't believe how life-like these are.

Anonymous said...

Those are awesome, thanks for not forgetting about us... I will write from the guys point of view next week.

Adrienne said...

Some of these look so real! It's hard to beleive they are cakes!

Amy@Fiancé Meeting You Here said...

Omg the baseball hat with the graham cracker dirt is awesome! My FH would love it!