Groom’s cakes are wedding traditions, originating in ole’ Victorian England. They’re often observed more often in the modern age in the American South; Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Louisana, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. While a wedding cake may often be decorated in white and light in texture or color, the groom’s cake can take a variety of forms, many incorporating chocolate or fruit. Often the design is inspired by the groom’s personality, his hobbies, interests, or to save money, just a simple Chocolate Fudge with Chocolate covered strawberries.
The tradition of the groom’s cake began in Britain. The groom’s cake was often richer than the bride’s, since stronger flavors such as chocolate, fruit, and alcohol were considered more appropriate for the “stronger sex.” Groom’s cakes were often dense fruitcakes, which were heavy and appropriate for the Victorian times. Eventually flour cakes, such as white and chocolate were supplanted for fruit cakes as the most popular choice.
Groom’s cakes are usually served at the wedding reception as a second flavor choice to the guests, but are often served at the rehearsal dinner in some regions. Groom’s Cakes are often decorated to reflect the groom’s hobbies, such as golfing, fishing, or hunting. The movie Steel Magnolias features a famous scene with a red velvet groom’s cake shaped as a giant armadillo.
Another tradition was to cut a piece of the cake and put it in a small box, then present the box to an unmarried woman attending the wedding. The woman was not expected to eat the cake, but rather to put it under her pillow. Superstition held that this tradition would help an unmarried woman find a husband.