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You may be wondering: What is a groom's cake and do I need to have one? Like many popular wedding customs, this practice is rooted in tradition and has a special meaning. Here, exactly why we started serving groom's cakes and why you should definitely consider having one at your own reception.
Back in the day, wedding favors were simple: Send your guests home with a slice of wedding cake. Sounds simple, except that you'd have to order an entire second cake and have it boxed and wrapped to go, unsurprisingly adding a cost to the entire affair. Started in Victorian England and then popularized in the South during that same time period, it's been said that when single female guests would take their piece of cake home, they would put it under their pillow and dream of their future hubby. Hence why this cake is deemed a groom's cake.
But if you're going to order an entire second cake it should be fun! Not hidden from the room like they traditionally were. What makes a groom's cake so special is it gives your man an opportunity to personalize solely based on his taste. It's also fun to see the two cakes next to each other: One dedicated to the wedding (alright, to the bride) and one completely representative of the groom. Traditionally groom's cakes were a dark fruit cake, so these days couples often ice the groom's cake in chocolate too as a nod to that custom.
In general, it's a playful touch to your reception. Plus, it will earn you points with your groom, who can exert total agency over this aspect of the wedding.