What IS a Groom’s Cake and Why?

Have you seen the latest Chicago Wedobo deal? $200 for a custom groom’s cake from Tipsycake, valued at $400!  (Hurry, it expires this Sunday 6/13) Now, what exactly IS a groom’s cake? Well, wedding cakes per tradition, are usually decorated in shades of white and are light in texture and/or color (thanks, Wikipedia). As for the groom’s cake, the sky’s the limit in terms of creativity, shape, colors, and flavors. Originally a southern tradition, the groom’s cake started off as a gift from the bride to her groom. These days, it’s a popular, fun trend that highlights the groom’s personality, hobbies, passions, etc. Sometimes it is displayed and served along side the wedding cake, and other times it is served at the rehearsal dinner.

Do you NEED a groom’s cake? NO! But is it fun? YES! And who doesn’t love more cake?! I’m a cake-lovah, so maybe I’m biased :)

Here is an awesome groom’s cake from my first clients of the year, Jamie & Reggie. Reggie was a football player back in his hay day and has a number of SEC Football Championship rings to his name. Baker Amy Beck designed a jaw-dropping groom’s cake in the shape of his rings. (Stay tuned next week for a full set of images from Jamie & Reggie’s wedding!)

SEC rings Grooms Cake Amy Beck Cake Design Artisan Events Cake by Amy Beck Cake Design; Photo by Artisan Events

SEC rings Grooms Cake Amy Beck Cake Design Artisan Events Cake by Amy Beck Cake Design; Photo by Artisan Events

Cake by Amy Beck Cake Design; Photo by Artisan Events

Next is a groom’s cake from my client’s Maggie & Mike, who recently got married at the Adler Planetarium. They have strong ties to the University of Florida Gators, so guess what shape their groom’s cake took? TA-DA! I CANNOT get over the details on this bad boy! Ah-freakin-mazing!

Alligator Grooms Cake by Sarah’s Pastries & Candies; Photo by Grey Street Photography

Alligator Grooms Cake by Sarah’s Pastries & Candies; Photo by Grey Street Photography

And lastly, this isn’t exactly a “groom’s cake” per se… it is actually my couple’s ONLY wedding cake. But this cake represents the black pug they plan to one day adopt!

Are you surprising your groom with a groom’s cake (or is he in on the surprise?) And how did you decide on the “theme” of the cake?