The history of the wedding cake
The history of the wedding cake began with bread (usually wheat) and was subsequently broken over the head of the bride for a plentiful life and years of happiness. Guests scrambled for the crumbs and partook of them eagerly as they were assumed to be tokens of good luck.
More recently, brides and grooms kissed over bunches of little cakes and later, the cakes were made into one with icing over them and thus the tiered wedding cake custom began.
For many years, the top layer of the cake was frozen and then consumed on the first anniversary. However, with the invent of preservatives, and who knows what else, many now suggest this top layer be eaten on the one month anniversary or soon after.
The groom's cake is traditionally a "fruit cake" - no pun intended, that is said to bring fertility to the newlyweds. The groom's cake in now appearing at many rehearsal dinners...
The groom’s cake is suppose to be a gift from the bride to the groom. In ancient times, it was believed that if a single woman put a piece of the groom’s cake under her pillow, she would dream that night of the man she would marry.
This cake is usually dark, liquor-soaked, CHOCOLATE, or deep chocolate fudge. The cake would be displayed next to the wedding cake and later cut up and put in small white boxes for the guests to bring home.
Sometimes the groom’s cake is served at the reception as an alternative or SECOND DESSERT choice. Until recently, many couples had chosen to forego the groom's cake, as an unnecessary expense.
However, the groom’s cake has made a recent comeback. It has shown up as dessert at the rehearsal dinner or a "late night snack" to be enjoyed with the wedding party. It makes for a great surprise, a few laughs and who can resist a deep, double chocolate fudge cake?
Many are getting creative with the groom’s cake and making it in various shapes and styles to match the groom’s personality or a particular interest or hobby. How about a cake in the shape of a golf club, computer, boat, or a slot machine, just to name a few…