The tradition of having a second wedding cake, which can be presented at either at the rehearsal or the reception, has its roots in the southern United States. The groom’s cake, as this cake is known, is typically smaller than the main wedding cake and is often quirky–remember the bleeding armadillo cake from Steel Magnolias? In the past, the groom’s cake was quickly cut and boxed during the wedding reception. Every unmarried woman was given a slice to take home and put under their pillows (um, ew). The man she dreamed about that night would become her husband.
Today’s groom’s cake is typically a reflection of the groom’s interests. A quick Google search for “groom’s cake” reveals images of small (and often brown) cakes shaped like dogs, golf clubs, computers, fish, cowboy hats, and more. A regular poster on the Cheap Ass Gamer message boards was happily surprised to receive a groom’s cake shaped like an XBOX.
I think that is pretty cool, but I’m biased considering I once made a very similar Sega DreamCast cake for The Beard. I am now considering creating a bleeding armadillo cake, just for the heck of it. If you, too, want to serve a slice of armadillo butt to your beau (just like Ouiser Boudreaux!), a recipe can be found here.