To – Loribeth thanks for sharing… No, I had not seen this famous cake previously.
Looks delicious all that Chocolate Granache…
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First time round (circa 1980) I had a Traditional Wedding Cake which was a multi-layered fruitcake.
Although Groom’s Cakes were known they weren’t nearly as popular as they are now (thanks to the Internet).
And depending on WHERE this tradition was done, there was a difference.
In some instances, the Wedding Cake was cut & served at the Wedding… and a second cake (the Groom’s Cake) which could be identical to the Wedding Cake or slightly different was served up / boxed up for Guest’s to take home … and so began the tradition of single women putting a slice of cake under their pillow to dream of “their Groom” upon
PHOTO – Personalized Cake Boxes… slice of cake would be fairly small and wrapped in saran wrap or wax paper, and the box would be tied closed with a ribbon (lol, I remember that was a ton of work in the days leading up to the Wedding)
This is the tradition that was done at my first wedding… the main wedding cake was a Light Fruitcake… while the top layer, the smallest one (which was kept until the first baby’s christening) and the Groom’s Cake was a Dark Fruitcake heavy laced with Rum, Bourbon or Whiskey (which meant it could keep for a really long time, lol)
In other places, the Groom’s Cake, would be a second cake at the Wedding in a more masculine theme… and a different flavour than the more “delicate” flavoured Wedding Cake.
OR, in some places, the Groom’s Cake is the Cake that is served up in honour of the Groom at the Rehearsal Dinner… or the the Bachelor’s Dinner (somewhat different from what is now known as the modern more off-the-wall Bachelor Party)
This version of the Groom’s Cake can come in a wide variety of both flavourings and designs… often giving a nod to interests of the Groom… such as Sports Teams, Hobbies, Interests etc. The expanse of design ideas is only restricted by how talented the Cake Baker-Decorator
PHOTO – Fishing Basket Grooms Cake
This more modern tradition is the one that I’ll most likely incorporate this time round…
Thinking of paying homage to Mr TTR one night before our Elopement Wedding, when his guy friends decide to get together for drinks and chicken wings etc (most likely after a game of hockey)… I really think that my idea for a themed Groom’s Cake will be well recieved by the boys… (find me a guy who doesn’t like cake)… and the “idea” I have in mind will be a HIT as well… both with the Guys and Mr TTR (lol altho he might not be too thrilled initially being the “centre of attention”… but in the end I think he’ll LOVE the idea I’ve come up with… more so, if I am the one to actually make the cake…)