Armadillo-Grooms-CakeIf you’ve attended a wedding recently where there was not one but two cakes, you may have enjoyed what appears to be a charming tradition: the groom’s cake. The fact is, the grooms cake isn’t new at all. With origins dating back to the 17th century, the grooms cake is a very old tradition now making a comeback.

The history of the grooms cake is as varied as it’s flavors and shapes. Some sources say it originally was a rich dark fruitcake without icing; some say it was iced to match the bride’s cake which was iced with spun sugar. Still others take  the  lore a step further and say the grooms cake was placed on the top of the brides cake, then placed in a tin and drenched  in brandy to preserve it for the couple’s first anniversary.

In recent years, the grooms cake has enjoyed renewed popularity in the South. Legend has it that if the single female guests take a slice of the grooms cake and place it beneath their pillow at bedtime, they will dream of their future husband.

Today, remnants of these various traditions remain or have evolved into other wedding customs.  For instance,  the couple now reserves the top layer of the wedding cake for their first anniversary.  Although the Southern grooms cake was a dark fruit cake,  it now comes in any flavor, shape or color.  Many are designed to reflect the groom’s hobbies or interests.  These can be original and engaging–perhaps resembling a pair of the groom’s  favorite cowboy boots, antique car, or traditional cakes that sport hunting scenes or his favorite hole on the golf course.

Some couples prefer to have the grooms cake at the rehearsal dinner, a fitting time since the groom’s family hosts this occasion.  Whatever time or theme you choose for the grooms cake it is a charming tradition that adds a distinctive, personal touch to your wedding festivities while honoring the man you just married.


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