Sweet News – Groom’s Cakes

August 9, 2010

It seems like a lot of modern day wedding traditions come from England, and the Groom’s Cake is no exception.  As far back as the 1600s, weddings featured a bride’s cake and a groom’s cake.  Typically, the groom’s cake was dark fruitcake (and the bride’s cake was light fruitcake.) Smaller than the bride’s cake, the groom’s cake was frequently cut up into small pieces, boxed and sent home with the guests.  The single ladies were encouraged to sleep with the little box under their pillow so that they would dream of their future husband.

In all our years of baking, we’ve never had a request for a dark fruitcake groom’s cake.  And given all the jokes about fruitcake, I’m not gonna hold my breath waiting for that order to come in.

Modern groom’s cakes are decorated to reflect the groom’s hobbies, favorite sport or team, school, fraternity or profession.

And let’s face it, the grooms’ cake is one of the few things in a wedding that’s all about the groom!

PS  If you’re thinking about using the logo of a sports team, school or any other copyrighted character you must get permission first.  You’ll contact the Public Relations Department of the school or business and ask for a “one time use release” for the purpose of having a groom’s cake created.  I’ve never had a groom refused by a PR Department, but you do have to get written permission.

The exception is if we’re creating a background where you’ll purchase a commercially produced accessory like the football helmet in the picture to the right. 


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