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Everything You Need to Know About Groom's Cakes

SMP Contributor

When it comes to wedding desserts, you've probably got the cake down. But what about a groom's cake? These nods to the groom can be a fun way to incorporate his passions, give guests tasty options, and celebrate the man you're marrying.

What is a groom's cake?

A groom's cake is a fun dessert that celebrates the man you're marrying. It's typically a smaller, one-tier cake decorated with his favorite sports teams colors, a hobby of his, or anything else that he loves. Groom's cakes are particularly popular in the southern US. A homage to the groom, the groom's cake is typically seen as a special gift from the bride and is kept a surprise until the big day.

Do we need one?

Groom's cakes are totally optional. They're another fun--and delicious--wedding detail that certainly isn't necessary, but is a lot of fun.

How much do they cost?

Groom's cakes have similar costs to wedding cakes per slice. For simpler cakes, they can be as low as $2 a slice, but for more elaborate creations, they may go up to $10 or so.

When are they served?

Groom's cakes are served right alongside the wedding cake at dessert time.

What flavor are groom's cakes?

Groom's cakes can be any flavor you know your guy likes, but traditionally, they're either a rich chocolate or liquor-infused. This is because wedding cakes were once seen as too light and airy for men to enjoy! Either way, make your groom's cake a different flavor than the official wedding cake to give your guests some options.

How can one be decorated?

If you're considering a groom's cake, think about what makes your groom happy! Some popular ideas include:

  • Colors of sports teams
  • Fandoms like Star Wars or Game of Thrones
  • Outdoorsy cakes decorated in camouflage
  • Homages to his dog or other pet
  • A tribute to his alma mater

Style Me Pretty Contributor - Claire Swinarski is a writer and podcaster based in Wisconsin. When she isn't writing, she can be found obsessing over football, eating a burrito bowl, or hanging out with her husband and son.