If you want to follow in the footsteps of Prince William at his 2011 wedding to Kate, then consider serving up a groom’s cake to go alongside your main wedding cake. If you need ideas then read on to find out more about having a groom's cake, plus we give you our edit of amazing wedding cakes that your very own prince will adore.
Firstly, What is a Groom’s Cake?
In the past, the groom’s cake was traditionally used at weddings for the guests to take home a slice as a party favour. People believed that if an unmarried girl slept with a piece of the groom’s cake under her pillow, she would dream of her future husband that night. Nowadays though, it’s preferable to just eat the cake!
Prince William had his own wedding cake when he married Kate Middleton in April 2011. Requested specifically for the wedding by the prince himself, he asked McVitie’s to make a delicious single tier wedding cake made from chocolate and filled with biscuit pieces.
Do We Need a Groom's Cake?
You don’t have to have a groom’s cake at your wedding, but it is a great opportunity for the groom to have a specific part in the wedding that reflects his personality and tastes. Two cakes are better than one anyway, right?
The groom can arrange his own cake or it could be ordered by the bride as a surprise on the day. If served at the reception, the groom’s cake should be kept next to the wedding cake.
Although it needs to be relatively small so as not to detract attention away from the main cake, the theme of the groom’s cake can be absolutely anything and you can go as creative as you want. For example, if he has a favourite movie or sports team, then this could be the cake’s main focus.
This stag themed creation from The Little Bear Cakery would be an ideal cake for your groom. Even though it is minimalistic it still has plenty of character. Featuring an antler topper and a scattering of burgundy rose petals, this is one small but stylish cake.
If your groom is not a great lover of chocolate, then serve him up a layered naked cake that’s topped with fresh fruit. If you’re having a rich chocolate wedding cake then a naked cake would be a great alternative treat for your guests that isn’t so heavy and your guests will love a wedding cake covered with buttercream.
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On the other hand, if he has a bit of a sweet tooth then you could surprise him with a super indulgent chocolate cake! We like the look of this mouth watering Oreo adorned treat.
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Chocolate and strawberries are a winning combination. Dip the strawberries in the chocolate icing and feed them to your new hubby.
As an alternative to a cake for the groom, you could even arrange to have a tower of his favourite treats like doughnuts or brownies. These brownies from Love Brownies are baked with dark chocolate and infused with malt whiskey for good measure. They come in packs of eight so you could buy a few and stack them up.
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We featured this tattoo inspired cake in our pick of unusual wedding cakes as we think it’s edgy but such a cool wedding idea. If your groom is alternative on the outside and a softie on the inside, then this romantic ‘true love’ cake from Cocoa Cabana will go down well.
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This gorgeously gothic cake from Choccywoccydoodah is emblazoned with the message ‘til death do us part’ and is topped with a white chocolate skull. Arty and alternative grooms will be sure to appreciate this amazing cake.
A Cheese Cake
If your groom is a big lover of cheese, then perhaps a cheese wedding cake will tickle his fancy. The Churchill cheese cake from Paxton and Whitfield is an ideal size and is topped with fruit and flowers – all you need to add is the crackers!
If he’s a bit of a social media and phone addict, then this emoji inspired cake from Choccywoccydoodah would be a brilliant (and tasty) way to poke fun at this. Choose from a smiley, rosy cheeked or hearts for eyes face as your topper.
Your groom will love the look of this pyramid marshmallow cake from Choccywoccydoodah. The tower is drizzled with chocolate sauce and you can customise which chocolate is used if he has a personal favourite.
Movie and TV Themed
How awesome is this detailed Joker cake from Sweet as Sugar? Your groom will love a cake that is dedicated to his favourite movie or TV character.
If he’s superhero mad then this comic book inspired cake is a great spin on the traditional wedding cake. Check out our article on wedding cake toppers for TV and film buffs to see some superhero themed toppers.
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If you saw Kitty and Chris’s real wedding, you’ll have seen their brilliant ‘Back to the Future’ inspired groom’s cake! A themed cake like this would be a great talking point for your guests.
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You may not have a lot left in your budget after buying the main wedding cake, but if you still want something special to represent your groom, then simply buy a plain single tier cake and finish with a themed topper. We love this Star Wars topper from Etsy which is also featured in our pick of movie and TV wedding cake toppers.
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We know that we said the groom’s cake had to be smaller than the main cake, but we’ll make an exception for this incredible robot themed tower from Choccywoccydoodah! We can’t decide which part is our favourite – the cute message that says ‘you are my best friend and soul mate now, always and forever’ or the edible robots!
Don’t forget about the little extra details. Check out our pick of the best wedding cake knives so that you can cut your groom’s cake in style.