Q: I’m looking for designs for our wedding cake and I read somewhere about a groom’s cake. What is that? And do I need one?
I love this question! Partially because I love cake and desserts and all things sweet. But, also because this is a fun task for most couples, so enjoy it.
Now to answer your first question, the groom’s cake is an old Victorian tradition. It’s not very common nowadays which is why you’ve probably never heard of it or ever seen one. Originating in Britain, the thought was that the wedding cake or bride’s cake was white and light. So, the groom’s cake was denser, richer and more “masculine”. The “stronger sex” had a “stronger” cake which was typically chocolate or fruitcake or something with alcohol.
I know the thought behind the tradition is pretty horrible. But, there are some nice things about the tradition. The first is that it gives your guests another flavor option. So, you can have your wedding cake and a groom’s cake and give people a choice. The other nice thing about a groom’s cake is that it’s typically modeled after a groom’s hobby. So, you can have fun with the design of it. Which means you can have both a traditional beautiful wedding cake and a fun or silly groom’s cake.
So, to answer your second question, no you don’t need a groom’s cake. You can certainly have one, but it’s not necessary at all. And most couple’s don’t have one. If you want more flavors you can do multiple flavors in your wedding cake or go for a dessert bar. And if you want a fun design, have fun with your wedding cake instead. There are so many cool designs now for wedding cakes. You can really do anything! As I said before, have fun with this, it’s cake!
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