The history of the groom's cake is as varied as its flavors and shapes. The first groom's cakes were reserved for guests to take home as a memento of the wedding. For this reason, some say, they were usually made of dark, heavy fruitcake since it is durable and keeps for a long period of time.
Still others say the groom's cake became the top layer of the bride's cake and was not served to guests. Instead, it was placed in a tin and drenched in brandy to preserve it for celebration of the couple's first anniversary.
In the past, the groom's cake was actually called the wedding cake, and what we now think of as the wedding cake was referred to as the bride's cake. Over time, the terminology was reversed, but superstition surrounding the groom's cake was not lost. According to an old myth, if a single woman sleeps with a piece of the groom's cake under her pillow, she will dream of the man that she will marry.
The tradition of a groom’s cake started when tradition dictated that a wedding cake be made with white cake and white icing. The groom’s cake provided the venue for a chocolate cake or a themed cake. Contemporary groom's cakes, however, are not bound by old traditions. In fact, the groom's cake is a perfect opportunity to express creativity. Many grooms like to have the cake decorated or shaped into something that reflects one of their hobbies, or something the couple enjoys doing together. Today, many couples use the groom’s cake to add extra servings for a large wedding or as an opportunity to express their personality. The grooms’ cake is fun and not as serious as the wedding cake. Be creative and have FUN! A groom’s cake does not even have to be cake. Think about the groom’s favorite pie, cheesecake or cookies.