The Groom’s Cake Tradition
A long-standing tradition in the southern United States, a groom’s cake is a gift from the bride to the groom.
What is a Groom’s Cake?
A groom’s cake is typically smaller than the couple’s wedding cake, one layer only, and is decorated to reflect a particular hobby or interest of the groom.
The history of the groom’s cake goes like this. The groom’s cake was not to be served to the guests while at the wedding reception, but rather it was to be sliced up, placed into packages and given to them as favors when they departed. Single women at the wedding would take their pieces of cake home and sleep with it under their pillows in hopes of dreaming of their future husbands. However, in these days, you can serve the groom’s cake whenever you see fit.
Themes often chosen for groom’s cakes include hobbies, sports, sports teams, colleges or universities, and computers. But, because every groom is different, anything can be used as inspiration to make your groom’s cake personal and unique.
What Kind of Cake?
Basically any kind of cake will do; there are no rules. It is best, however, to have it made in your groom’s favorite flavor, like chocolate, vanilla, fruit-whatever you know he loves.
A king cake is a cinnamon roll like oval shaped cake with sugary icing with traditional Mardi Gras colored sprinkles on the outside. A tiny plastic baby is inside each cake. The king cake is associated with the Festival of Epiphany. Catholic tradition states that it took the three kings, twelve days for the journey to Bethlehem to honor the Christ Child on Epiphany. The king cake season traditionally lasts from twelfth night until Mardi Gras Day. However, by request most venues or bakeries can accommodate your king cake request.
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