Southern Wedding Traditions: Groom’s Cake

Most weddings tend to focus on the bride. Perhaps this is because they are often the ones working with their Atlanta wedding caterers and making the major decisions for the big day. The bride’s seal of approval has to be sought regarding the bridesmaids’ dresses, the wedding flowers, the venue, and of course, the all-important wedding dress. While your fiance may not always be involved in making major decisions, all men are interested in helping to create their own groom’s cake.

The Origins of the Tradition
The tradition of the groom’s cake hails from 17th century England. In addition to a main wedding cake, there were also two small cakes, one for the groom and his groomsmen as well as one for the bride and her bridal party.

Commonly the groom’s cake was also considered the top layer of the wedding cake and was not served to guests during the reception. Instead it was set aside, soaked in brandy and preserved for the couple to enjoy during their first wedding anniversary.

Modern Versions of the Tradition
The groom’s cake is now a popular southern wedding tradition that has been thoroughly updated to reflect tradition, modern preferences and lifestyle. Grooms’ cakes now come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and flavors. For instance, you can choose to have truffles in an ornate design if the groom prefers chocolate candy to cake. If you are interested in a traditional groom’s cake, a common flavor for consists of dark chocolate, and often contains fruit and liquor. The cake is then decorated to represent the groom’s favorite things — for instance, sports teams, hobbies, sail boats or even a beloved sports car.

Traditionally the groom’s cake is not served at the actual wedding. Instead, it is served during the rehearsal dinner on the eve of the wedding. In the event that the groom’s cake is served during the wedding ceremony, it is proper etiquette to serve it away from the bride’s table as it should not take away from the bridal cake.

Legendary Groom’s Cakes
At Legendary Event, we take great pride in our reputation as one of the leading wedding caterers in Atlanta. We are very familiar with the groom’s cake tradition and our team is able to create magnificent cakes that your fiance will love. Let us create an exciting and tantalizing Atlanta catering menu for your wedding reception that your guests will not only enjoy, but never forget. Contact our team of experienced and knowledgeable caterers for a cake that will fulfill your wildest dreams and exceed all expectations. We are proud to share our tradition of excellence with every client we serve.

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