Because I have my own wedding coming up, my fiance and I have been considering a number of cakes for the big day. And I’ve been discovering that many grooms are opting to have a groom’s cake. My first thought was, OK, why would I need a groom’s cake when we already have a tasty confection for the big day? But …the more I looked into it, the more intrigued I became.

Where did groom’s cakes come from?
The groom’s cake has been a long standing tradition in the South, according to The Huffington Post. The bride could have her traditional white cake and the groom could have his chocolaty fix with the groom’s cake that was served alongside the wedding confection. But the tradition doesn’t stop there. Get this – single women attending the nuptials would each take home a slice of the groom’s cake and sleep with it under their pillows. This signifies that they would then proceed to have “sweet dreams” about the man that they would one day marry. Whoever thought of smashing a perfectly fine piece of cake under a pillow may not have been thinking clearly at the time. But hey – maybe it worked! (I don’t ever think I’ll truly know). Unfortunately for critters looking for a midnight snack, this tradition was short lived. However, the groom’s cakes are coming back in a big way. They’re being used to really bring the groom’s personality into the picture. The bride has her flowery sweet treat, so this gives a chance for us guys to be recognized and have a personalized cake.

How do I choose one?
Because groom’s cakes are supposed to evoke feelings of masculinity, many opt to have a confection in the shape of a football or their favorite sport’s team logo. However, don’t let that limit your selection. You don’t have to be into sports to create an unbelievable cake. According to Marina Sousa of Just Cake, she has designed everything from a golf bag to an armadillo cake. It could be as simple as a cake designed to look like a tuxedo to a Nintendo 64 confection (definitely a favorite of mine). Other unique groom’s cakes I found on Pinterest include an iPod, a jar of Jif Creamy Peanut Butter, a gigantic cheeseburger and even a Pac-Man arcade machine. Let your imagination┬árun as wild as it wants.

As far as the flavoring goes, I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong. However, some of the most popular groom’s cakes consist of red velvet and chocolate. They’re typically darker to contrast the traditionally white wedding cake, but if you and your significant other are far from traditional, why not mix it up? Who wouldn’t want to see a molten lava cake next to a pumpkin pie?

Do you have any super awesome ideas for a groom’s cake? Share your thoughts with us!