Is There a Traditional Shape
for a Groom's Cake?

Cakes, Etiquette
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Should you have a groom's cake at your wedding? Our experts help you avoid pastry-related snafus—and choose the cake that's right for your wedding.

Is there a traditional shape for a groom's cake? I'd like to order one that looks like the Tower of Pisa, which is where my fiancé proposed.

Unlike the traditionally white bride's cake, the groom's cake was originally a single-layer fruitcake that was boxed for guests to take home. (A single woman who slept with it under her pillow would supposedly dream of her future husband.) Nowadays, it's usually baked in the groom's favorite flavor, and often in a shape that reflects one of his hobbies or interests. So if you've got a baker who can create a Tower of Pisa, go for it.

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