The Different Types of Wedding Cakes


A wedding cake is more than just dessert. The cake has been part of wedding celebrations for hundreds of years, and it's one of the first things your guests will look for when they enter the reception. Whatever type of cake you choose to serve, don't focus only on what it looks like. Guests will care much more about how the cake tastes than its outer appearance.

Groom's Cake

  • According to Martha Stewart Weddings, the groom's cake is a tradition that started in Victorian England. The tradition has carried through into modern America, where it's seen as a way of honoring the groom on a day that's often focused on the bride. This cake is generally small and can be made with dark chocolate liqueur. Although some couples may choose to serve slices of the groom's cake along with the larger cake, they may also send guests home with small slices of this cake. Legend says that single women who sleep with a slice of groom's cake under their pillows will dream of their future husbands.

Traditional Cake

  • A traditional wedding cake is not only a tasty treat, but a wedding decoration as well. Cakes can be frosted and dressed up to resemble shapes and objects, or simply decorated with sugar flowers to suit your tastes. A traditional cake is made up of several layers, with the size and number of layers determined by the number of guests attending the wedding. Many couples choose to make the cutting of the cake into a small ceremony, joining hands to cut the first slice and feeding a bite to one another.

Smaller Cakes

  • Although we consider a stacked layer of cakes to be traditional, they weren't always the norm. According to Martha Stewart Weddings, in medieval times weddings were celebrated with several smaller cakes. This method can still be practiced today by couples who don't want to commit to only one type of cake. For instance, one cake can be a chocolate cake covered in dark chocolate ganache, while another can be an angel food cake. Smaller cakes can also be used as table centerpieces if you place one at each table. Come dessert time, guests will be forced to mingle in order to try different flavors.


  • Cupcakes are favored by some couples because they're easier to serve and eat, and may be far more affordable than a large layer cake. Cupcakes are also used as a way to mix and match flavors. For instance, guests can have a choice of vanilla cupcakes covered in either chocolate or buttercream frosting. Serving cupcakes can be tricky since they can't be stacked, but there are stands made specifically for cupcakes that make it easy for guests to choose whichever treats they want.

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