Charleston wedding tradition – The Groom’s cake
The groom’s cake is a long standing southern tradition. The cake can take a variety of forms, often celebrating a groom’s hobby or sport. It is usually a dark color in contrast to the traditional white wedding cake and is often chocolate. Sometimes it may be a fruit cake or cheese cake. Some couples opt to serve the groom’s cake at their Charleston wedding but many couples are now opting to serve the cake at the rehearsal dinner so that it doesn’t stand out from the rest of the theme of the wedding and so that guests have cake at both the rehearsal dinner and their Charleston wedding.
Charleston wedding tradition: Groom’s cake by Cakes by Kasarda
Groom’s cake is a tradition most popular in the southeastern United States that began during the Victorian era. During the Victorian era, the first groom’s cake was a very heavy and dense fruit cake that eventually became a flour cake, either white or chocolate. The tradition was to cut a piece of the cake and put it in a small box, and then give them to the unmarried women that attended the wedding.The cake was never eaten, but put under the pillow of the single woman giving them the hope that they would find a husband.In the 1890s, a choice of cake had already been established in America. In the 1890s, the groom’s cake was referred to as the “Lady Cake or Plain Bridegroom Cake.” This recipe was published in the “The British Baker” in 1897. In those days the cake was cut by the bridegroom and served with wine to the bridesmaids before going to the church. In England neither practice was met with success, but in the United States, especially in the southern part of the United States, the two cakes did become very popular with the bride’s cake being light and the grooms’ being dark.
From the mid-century the two cakes have been described as follows: the bride’s cake would be on the bottom, and the grooms’ cake would be on the top. The bride and groom would cut the cake and then give pieces to each other to eat. It then would be served to the guest. The groom’s would be mounted above the bride’s cake and saved for later to be eaten. Many different customs were used by Southern Americans during that time period thee fruit cake, pound cake and chocolate cake. This tradition was around for many years even in the United States in the southern states.
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