You’ve said yes to your man and are busy planning the wedding. Do you order a groom’s cake?
Carolyn Lima of Creekside Creations – a bakery based in Maggie Valley – helps answer this question.
The answer to that question is that it’s completely up to you. The groom’s cake originated in the Victorian age in Britain as an alternative cake to serve at the wedding reception. You see, the bride’s cake was usually made of something light, airy and feminine. The groom’s cake gave the men at the party a choice of something heavier and more masculine. The Victorians would have chosen a heavy fruit cake perhaps laced with liquor. The tradition of the groom’s cake has carried on to today, especially in the southern United States.
Today the groom’s cake has evolved to include flavors such as chocolate, red velvet, and carrot. Something different in flavor from the traditional white wedding cake, or whichever flavor you have chosen for your wedding cake. It can be served either at the reception alongside the traditional wedding cake or at the rehearsal dinner. The choice is yours and there is no right or wrong time to serve this cake.
Most groom’s cakes we see being ordered are decorated along the lines of the groom’s interest. They relate to his favorite sports teams, individual sports, or can be work related or show his hobbies, a special movie or book. They can be ordered as a surprise gift from the bride or chosen together with the groom’s input. It totally depends on your preference.
Let’s face it though, the groom has traditionally been left out of a lot of the planning and a lot of times his most important role after choosing his groomsmen, is to just show up.
So, if you have an inclination why not make a special effort to give him his own cake at the wedding. After all ladies, he did ask you to marry him!
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