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The history of the Groom’s Cake and why you should have one [Photos]

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Whoever said the wedding cake is strictly for the ladies was mistaken. While it is true that it’s rather difficult to get your spouse-to-be completely amped about the latticework and piping on your three-tiered wedding cake, when it comes to whether it’s going to be chocolate or vanilla, he may have more to say. Wedding cakes are essentially just a delicious dessert form of a traditional wedding dress. Standing tall and flowing to the surface below, these cake designs are sometimes just as intricate as the traditional, and carefully planned dress donned by the beautiful bride.

Okay, so the design of a traditional wedding cake may be better left to the bride’s discretion. So what’s a groom to do to ensure that he’s included in one of the tastiest portions of the most important day of his life? Well, plan on having a groom’s cake, of course! (Or hope that his soon-to-be bride will let him have a groom’s cake.)

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The tradition of a groom’s cake can be dated back to the Victorian era. As time progressed, there were many interpretations of the groom’s cake, one being where the bride and groom each had a cake (light cake for the bride, dark for the groom) that was served to the bridal party and groomsmen. This English-turned-American tradition has been disregarded by many states  as a part of the wedding-day celebration, though the tradition still holds much value in the South where it’s just another fun part of the wedding planning and celebration.

Today, having a groom’s cake is just another way for the groom’s personality to shine through on his special day. Allowing for creative freedom with this cake is more than just frosting deep; it goes a long way, and helping the groom come up with an amazing design is going to show just how well you know him! Awesome ideas include a sculpted cake replica of a baseball cap for his favorite team, a bottle of his favorite adult beverage, his favorite food, pastime, or something quirky about him like his favorite couch or recliner – you know him best, the possibilities are endless.

At the end of the day, both the bride and groom can look back on this day knowing that the day encompassed the two of them completely. Two individuals’ personalities shining through to complete one amazing day!

And that’s truly the icing on the cake.

Here are more groom’s cake ideas from Classic Cakes:

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas – A Custom Cake & A Night In

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

 

Sweet and Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

 

Spending Valentine’s Day with your significant other doesn’t have to be an extravagant night out. You can still show how much you care, without going overboard- especially if the relationship is new and budding.

Create a Valentine’s Date “in-a-box”!

The first idea is to surprise your beau with a large, decorated box. Inside this box they will pull out whatever gifts you selected for them, along with a romantic or favorite movie. Include fleece pajamas and hot chocolate for a supreme snuggle date!

Finally, in the box, wrap two paper plates and forks. Your lover will be confused at the forks for a moment, until you walk in with a gorgeous, custom cake for you to share.

View examples of other successful Valentine’s Day Cakes, below.

 

 

 

 

Not in a Relationship?

You can always celebrate single-awareness day with a penguin cake!

 

 

A Baby Reveal Story – Making it Personal!

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

We have been making reveal cakes every week lately at Classic Cakes!  They are becoming more and more popular as a fun way to reveal the baby’s gender to family and friends. There are a number of ways to order a reveal cake.  First, one needs to call in ahead of the date of the ultrasound to plan the cake flavor, size, shape, decorations, and date of the reveal party. Methods for Classic Cakesto  find out the gender of the baby can differ.  Some couples like to know the “secret” ahead of the family and friends.  The parents call us to tell us whether their expected little one is a boy or a girl.  We add the pink or blue icing inside the cake and then proceed to decorate the cake.  Sometimes even the parents want to be surprised at the party.  Now, the Dr’s office gets involved in the party! They seal a photo of the ultrasound results in an envelope and someone delivers that to our store.  We love it when we get to open the envelope and see the gender first! Then the order proceeds in the same manner.

Now, what should be taken into consideration for the decorations on the cake?  We have several suggestions. We think the cake is most effective when you have both pink and blue on the outside so there is no hint of what is inside.  Then it is always fun to add some other co-ordinating colors to the cake.  Some customers like to stay in the soft baby pastels of pink, blue, green, and yellow. We like to add some more bold offbeat colors if possible like lime green, orange, purple, chocolate brown, or teal.  Whatever colors and designs are chosen, it is always fun to be a part of such a special times in the lives of our customers!

Now the personal side of this story… we are expecting our third grandchild in March!  Our son and his wife, Ryan and Tiffany are expecting their second child.  They already have a 3 1/2 year old boy. I was actually with them at the ultrasound when they learned the gender of their new baby.  They found out on a Monday, but kept the secret until a small group gathering with their friends at church on the following Sunday.  Their friends had been asking for several weeks about the sex of the baby because Tiffany had been having several ultrasounds and they were all anxious to find out the answer.  In fact, Ryan and Tiffany took a cake to a previous event that was decorated with blue on the outside, but when the cake was cut, it was pink on the inside. Ryan and Tiffany had to confess that they did not know the gender yet. Of course, their friends all demanded to know if this was a REAL reveal cake this time!

What a fun way to make the annoucement even more special!  Here are pictures of their reveal…you will see the gender yourself.  We are excited to have another grandchild on the way!

Brayden is excited to get a sibling!

 

The reveal cake...the bottom layer is pumpkin cake and the small top layer is almond pound cake with truffle filling.

 

 

 

Ryan and Tiffany are cutting the first piece...almost as exciting as cutting their wedding cake!

 

 

 

Ryan and Tiffany are pulling out the first piece...the suspense is building!

 

BLUE icing. It's a BOY!!

 

Now let's eat! Yumm!

 

 

We are thrilled to be grandparents to Delainey, daughter of our son Jay and his wife Koryn. Now Ryan and Tiffany are giving us a second grandson. Life is good!

 

COME WITH ME TO A QUINCEANERA!

Monday, April 30th, 2012

We did a cake for Dianne’s quinceanera April 28, 2012.  A quinceanera is a celebration observed in many Latin countries marking the emergence of a girl into womanhood on her 15th birthday.  It combines a religious service and a big party and certain traditions are honored.

The honored young lady has a court made up of her best friends and relatives. She wears a beautiful ball gown and a tiara.

When I delivered the cakes, Dianne and her court were coming into the ballroom at The Sheraton to get ready for the party.  They were practicing the steps to a waltz that they would be participating in as part of the festivities. It was fun to watch the young folks having a good time and working hard to make their friend’s party a success.

The room was beautifully decorated with yellow and orange linens and flowers.  The fellows wore black tuxes with orange vests.  The young ladies in the court wore yellow dresses.  The only green color in the room was lovely Dianne in her stunning lime green ballgown.  She was kind enough to pause and pose for a picture.

Join me and take a peek inside Dianna’s quinceanera party!

The Classic Cakes van pulls up to the entrance of the hotel to deliver the cakes.

The party was at The Sheraton at Keystone at the Crossing.

 

 

It was not hard to find the party....at the top of the escalator.

 

The entrance into the Grand Ballroom.

 

A picture poster of Dianne welcomed the guests to the party.

 

The beautifully dressed tables awaiting the guests.

 

 

The head table for Dianne and her court.

 

 

The star of the party, Dianne, in her fabulous lime green ballgown!

 

 

The colorful cake on the cake table.

 

A closeup of the large cake.

 

One of the satellite cakes.

 

 

The second side cake with a sparkly 15 on top.

 

 

The last side cake. All the cakes were decorated by Liz. Great job Liz. Dianne loved them!

 

I hope you enjoyed this peek into Dianne’s quinceanera party.  Thanks for letting us share Dianne!

 

 

 

 

 

Cakes for Corporate Events

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Classic Cakes, Carmel IN, has done a number of cakes recently for companies having special functions.  A cake reflects a celebration of some sort…an special anniversary, a milestone in the company, recognizing some valuable employees, a signifigant birthday of an employee, or even a holiday party. A cake makes every occasion that much more special and a CUSTOM cake shows that someone took the time to plan for a very special event!

We were recently contacted by Riley Hospital for Children Indianapolis, for a cake they wanted at a conference they were hosting at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.  Residents from IU Medical School train at Riley Hospital for education in Pediatric Medicine.  Riley Hospital for Children was celebrating their 20th anniversary of “Medical Student Education in Pediatrics.”  They wanted a custom cake made to reflect the logo of the conference.

Riley Hospital e-mailed to Classic Cakes the logo that they were using for their event.  We then took the colors and some of the design elements from the logo and came up with a proposal for their cake.  We e-mailed the design to them and waited for approval or changes.  They accepted our original design plan.

Below is a photo of the cake design that was sent to Riley and then the actual cake after its arrived at the Children’s Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY EASTER!

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

The Easter weekend is just around the corner! Easter this year falls on April 8th. How do you celebrate the day? Many families will gather together for Easter pageants at church, worship, dinner together, egg hunts, special treats and candy, special new clothes, and especially fun times with the children.  Make your weekend more memorable with a delighful cake!

We can make a cake that represents the sacred part of Easter with cakes that are in the shape of a cross or a sugar cross on the cake.  Children love the story of the Easter bunny and enjoy all the activities that revolve around the candy, coloring the eggs, and the traditional egg hunt! Come in and see what memory we can create for your family whether it be a beautiful cross cake, an Easter bunny cake, the Easter basket, a lovely egg cake, or some adorable cupcakes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MILITARY POLICE CAKE FOR INDIANA NATIONAL GUARD

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Military Police Ball Cake 2011


One of our employees’s, Liz Thompson, is a former member of the Army Reserve. She is married to Micheal Thompson, who is a career man in the National Guard. The Military Police hold an annual ball each year to celebrate their dedication and hard work. Liz approached me and asked if together we could donate a cake for the event. Classic Cakes agreed to provide the materials and Liz donated the labor to design, decorate, and deliver the cake.

Classic Cakes is a custom cake shop that can take one’s theme and turn it into an edible work of art that personalizes an event. Liz designed this cake to reflect things that are very important to a National Guard Military policeman. On the cake is the military police regimental crest that they wear on their uniform. There are dog tags to reflect their personal identity. The American flag is draped over the cake to reflect the country they proudly defend and protect. The crossed pistols are a symbol for the military police. The top layer looks like their Class A dress uniform, along with the ribbon rack. The MP patch is worn on their Army Combat uniform. All the details on this cake are a combination of buttercream icing, rolled fondant, and gumpaste.

We are proud of Liz’s hard work on this cake and we are proud of the men and women who serve our great nation so faithfully!


THANK A TEACHER!

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Teaching can be a thankless job. I know…I used to teach elementary school before cake decorating took over my life! Teachers are not just teachers, but they are counselors, advocates, protectors, motivators, encouragers, disciplinarians, mediators, role-setters, parents, nurses, coaches, and many other things to today’s children.

Why don’t you consider letting your children’s teachers know how much you appreciate their efforts by taking them a special cake. Get one for just the teacher, or thank the entire staff and put it in the teacher’s lounge. You will be surprised at how much they appreciate YOUR efforts and how much it can strengthen the teacher/parent relationship!

The cake in the photo can be adapted to any grade or subject level and we can personalize the message for you.

WHAT A TREAT!

SHOULD I HAVE A GROOM’S CAKE ?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

We get asked about groom’s cakes often, because folks in the mid-west are not too sure of the role of a groom’s cake and if it is necessary at their wedding reception. The groom’s cake is a southern tradition that has gained popularity across the country. Back in “the days” the wedding cake was always a white cake with white icing and the groom’s cake was a chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Now days, the wedding cake can be any flavor available. The groom’s cake is more often a cake that reflects a hobby or an interest of the groom.

So much of the wedding day is geared to the bride, that it is nice to give some attention to the groom on that special day. The groom’s cake is a nice way to also showcase the groom and give him a moment in the spotlight! Sometimes the cake is place on the table with the wedding cake, but more often, it is given a special table of its own.

It would be unusual to go to a wedding in the south and not see a groom’s cake. Here in central Indiana we generally see about 20% of the wedding receptions having a groom’s cake. Sometimes the groom’s cake is not taken into account for the number of guests attending, but often the groom’s cake and the wedding cake are both used to account for serving all the guests. For instance, if you are expecting 200 guests at the reception, you could plan on a wedding cake for 170 guests and a groom’s cake for 30 guests. Occaisonally we see the groom’s cake being used for the dessert at the rehearsal dinner. Wherever it is used, it is usually a conversation piece!



Choose a groom’s cake for your reception and surprise him!

Wedding Cakes for 2012!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

So we are off to a good start for 2012! Wedding cakes, like clothing, cars, hair, etc., change styles yearly.  An experienced eye can look at a wedding cake and often guess very close to the year it was made. So that being said, what should one would look for this year?

We are seeing BIG flowers on cakes now.  Sometimes it is just one really large flower as a focal point.  If the cake is more than three tiers, then there are often several large flowers.  Instead of seeing a “bouquet” of flowers on top of the cake, now we will be seeing maybe just one large flower and it is often set more to the side of the cake and even sitting on the edge of the cake tier.

We are also seeing cakes that sometimes have no toppers.  It used to be that if we saw a cake like that, then we would think that someone forgot the cake top!  Now, don’t be surprised!  If there is no topper, than the design from the side of the cake is usually carried over to the top of the cake.

We are also seeing ruffles alot and this comes from the bridal gowns.  The skirts of the gowns now are sometimes filled with rows of ruffles, ruffly flowers, or feathery ruffled fabric.  It is common for the bridal gowns to influence cake designs, just as the popular fashion colors influence the colors in the wedding.

Still in style though is the cake stacked directly on top with no pillars between the layers.  We are seeing some of the tiers of the cake taller than the traditional four inch tiers.  Some of the tiers are six or seven inches high.  Taller and shorter tiers are usually alternated in the design.

Buttons, bows and brooches are still popular along with jeweled belts wrapped aroung the cake.  We are still seeing the influence on ruching in the cake designs also.  All in all, it is mainly fashion that influences cake design, so if you look at today’s brides, you will see the inspiration for their wedding cake!



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