The Groom’s Cake: A Crazy Chocolate Wedding Tradition

published May 21, 2009
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At weddings in certain parts of the country (mainly the South), the groom gets his own cake—usually a slightly kitschy chocolate one in the shape of something meaningful to him. The one above was for an ardent Louisiana State University football fan…

Sound nuts? We’ve seen a groom’s cake made out of Rice Krispies treats molded into the shape of a mallard duck (for a duck hunter), a replica of the Boston Red Sox logo, and countless college mascots. Remember the “bleeding armadillo” made from red velvet cake in Steel Magnolias?

Grooms’ cakes traditionally gave guests a chocolate option, since the wedding cake was almost certainly vanilla. These days, wedding cakes can go any direction (Faith had chocolate and lemon cakes), so the groom’s cake is really about being a fun conversation starter.

We thought everyone knew about grooms’ cakes until we moved to New York and realized that, um, they might be a regional specialty.

Since summer is high time for weddings, we thought it would be fun to hear about some of the grooms’ cakes you’ve seen. Did you have one at your wedding? Or is this a completely foreign idea to you?

(Thanks to Lamar and Heather for letting us show off your LSU cake.)