Yesterday one of my regular readers (who happens to be a New Englander, right Mike?) mentioned that he’d never seen or heard of a groom’s cake.
I did some extensive research on the topic (meaning I Googled the words “groom’s cake” and looked at the first link that popped up) and found the following very good explanation.
For all you Yankees out there, here’s what a groom’s cake is all about:
“Having its roots in Southern tradition, the groom’s cake has been around for quite some time and is making a fashionable comeback on the wedding scene.
“Traditionally, a groom’s cake was sliced and boxed for the unmarried girls attending the wedding to take home and place under their pillows in hopes that the man they dreamed of would be their future husband. Groom’s Cake has come along way since then. Today the cake is meant to be a reflection of the groom’s interests, whether it be one of his hobbies, favorite sport, alma mater, profession, etc.
“It’s a personal choice when to serve the cake -- either at the rehearsal dinner, as an alternate dessert with the wedding cake, or as a late night dessert for the wedding party. Just because primarily groom cakes tend to be a fruit cake or a chocolate cake shouldn’t dictate what the bride and groom should have. Obviously being named “Groom’s Cake” it should be a flavor and theme that the groom enjoys.”
I hope that helps.
I’m always happy to bring information and knowledge to the culturally challenged. Since I was once a Yankee myself, but have now seen the error of my ways and moved to Texas, it’s my duty to thus enlighten my former countrymen. And citymen. And women.
See how educational it can be to read Romantic Ramblings? And if you miss a few posts, think how impoverished your cultural education might be.