Wedding Trends: Grooms Cake

Cake decorator Julie Hill tells us how this historic tradition is making a comeback.

Years ago, whenever there was a wedding, there was a bride’s cake and a groom’s cake. The groom’s cake was usually sliced, boxed up and sent home with guests. Legend has it that if the unmarried women guests slept with it under their pillow, they would dream of their future husband that night. The tradition died out for the most part, although it still appears at some Southern weddings. In the past, a groom’s cake was usually a fruit cake or a richer flavored cake like chocolate.

Now, the trend with groom’s cakes is to have it reflect the groom’s interests, hobbies, favorite sport or something the couple enjoys doing together. The groom’s cake can be displayed and served at the rehearsal dinner or at the reception alongside the wedding cake. However, care should be taken to not let the groom’s cake upstage the wedding cake—which almost always happens. So, I advise most brides to display the two cakes on separate tables. The cake can be served at the reception as an alternative dessert, or as a late dessert for the wedding party and family. It can also be boxed up and sent home with guests as a wedding favor.

In Utah, I’ve found that most brides like to surprise their groom with the cake as a special gift at the reception. The cost of this gift depends on the size and design of the cake. In general basic designs range from $4.50 to $5 per serving. I do have a $100 minimum, so, generally speaking, this means a sculpted cake would start at $100 and go from there depending upon the complexity of the design and the size of the cake.

My business, Layers, is a business I started in 2008 where I design and bake custom cakes. My cakes are different from other cakes because they’re custom designed to be whatever you want them to be. Essentially, you are the designer. You tell me what you want for a wedding, a birthday or any occasion you want and I will do it for you.


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