24 Unique Ideas for the Groom's Cake
The groom's cake tradition actually dates back to the Victorian era, but it wasn't for eating back then. Single women would take home boxed slices and sleep with them under their pillows, wishing and hoping that they'd be the next to marry. The custom of the groom's cake has clearly evolved since then—but they're still very much a traditional part of the reception.
Today, these cakes are all about the man of the hour. While a couple's wedding cake is usually a continuation of their big day's theme or aesthetic, the groom's cake is an entity all of its own. Designed with only the groom (and his broad interests) in mind, these confections are nods to his favorite things. Is he a die-hard sports fan? A cake made in the likeness of the stadium he's been visiting since he was a boy will blow him away—you might even see a nostalgic tear. If he's an avid weekend fly fisher, present him with a dessert shaped like fisherman's kit, complete with an edible version of his go-to fishing rod.
Some have come to equate groom's cakes with cutting cakes (usually of the chocolate variety), but we're all for the inventive treats that signify his hobbies, interests, and passions. So much of the wedding has been about you, and there's a good chance your guy let you take the reins with the majority of the planning. Give him something that's his and his alone that's also inspired by the things you love most about him. Click through to discover amazing groom's cakes from real weddings—they just might spark an idea.
As far as priorities go, it's you, the dog, and then his car. Turn his hot ride—like this groom's beloved Bronco—into the star of the dessert table.
You'll really hit it out of the park if you serve up a recreation of his favorite baseball team's home stadium.
Man's Best Friend
Your venue wouldn't allow your beloved pup to come to the wedding—that doesn't mean he or she can't be there in cake form.
Thank your favorite Mr. Fix It with an edible interpretation of his handy tool box.
Reward the best burger chef on the block with a grill-shaped cake.
Bring him back to his college football days with a representation of his precious helmet.
His gym sneakers might be a source of contention in real life, but if he's a runner, they're important to him. Turn his favorite trainers into a cake (like this one, by Polkdots!), complete with chocolate "pavement" and a pebble trail.
Bring him a piece of his favorite far, far away galaxy come dessert time.
If he's a UFC fan, this cake will get him as close to the ring as possible on the wedding day.
The best part about this woodsy one-tier isn't the bark-like exterior—it's definitely the flannel-checked interior.
On your wedding day, the guac is definitely not extra—especially when you serve up a giant burrito in dessert form.
Celebrate what your beau does for a living with an oil rig topper.
His favorite pastime, reimagined into an epic dessert. Of course, his biggest catch is (obviously) you.
Your Sunday brunch ritual is actually the perfect inspiration for a groom's cake.
Transform his favorite baseball team's jersey into a single-tier.
Forget the World Cup—this groom's cake, complete with Newcastle United's crest, takes the win.
If he's a Texas Longhorn's fan, this cake will have him yelling "It's good!"
He's kept your car out of the shop since the moment you became official, so treat him to an engine-shaped confection (this one's grease-free).
Whether he played for LSU or simply loved attending his alma mater's football games, this mascot-inspired confection is sure to please.
Eiffel Tower Groom's Cake
Planning a honeymoon to Paris? This French-inspired groom's cake from Favorite Cakes, is the perfect preview for what's to come.
Golf Groom's Cake
Crumb de la Crumb's golfer's confection is perfect for the man who spends his Saturdays on the green.
Nautical Groom's Cake
Twin Skull Groom's Cakes
BCake NY's bride and groom skull cakes are a nod to Dia de los Muertos.