In medieval England, the bride and groom each had a wedding cake.
Today, couples share the wedding cake, but the groom may still choose to have a cake named after him for the reception.
A groom's cake is easy to identify since it is usually dark, solid and smaller than the wedding cake. It draws a beautiful contrast with the wedding cake in terms of color, taste, texture and design. It is more creatively shaped than the wedding cake and often decorated to reflect the groom's favorite hobby or interest.
The groom's cake is more of a memento for the guests to take home rather than eat during the reception. To make the cake more durable, ingredients usually include dark chocolate and dried fruit.
A popular tradition in earlier times was to break a wedding cake on the bride's head. And since bakers undertook elaborate measures decorating the bride's cake, they preferred the groom's cake to be broken, leaving the bride's cake to be admired and feasted on.
Things are done a little differently today. Usually the groom's cake is sliced and packed beforehand. Often, guests take pieces of cake for those who failed to attend the wedding. That way the absent guests become a part of the wedding celebration.
A long-standing belief surrounding the groom's cake is that if an unmarried woman places a slice under her pillow, the night will be filled with dreams of her future life partner.