Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Armadillo has left the building.....

The other day I was telling my sister-in-law about the amazing groom's cake at the wedding I had recently officiated. She said, "A groom's cake? What's that?" So, our friend (who's originally from Texas) explained to her about groom's cakes.

Inevitably, conversation turned to the armadillo cake, popularized by the 1989 movie, Steel Magnolias. I am both intrigued and disturbed by these cakes. I can't help being amused by the ones that are red velvet cake inside, also known as the Bleeding Armadillo Cake. Nothing says "happy marriage" like roadkill baked goods!

Groom's cakes originated in the South, where tradition had single women bringing a slice of the cake home and putting it under their pillows. This would ensure that they would dream of their true love and would wake up knowing who they would marry. Hey, I guess if you can also catch the bouquet, you've got it made!

In the past, brides would design the cake and surprise the groom on the wedding day with their creation. Nowadays, grooms often pick out their own cake.

Whether you're passionate about candy, video games, or grilling - there's a cake just for you! As you can see by these pictures, there are all sorts of fun and wacky cakes (and grooms!) out there.