The Groom’s Cake

Lake Martin bride Marianne Duncan, an Auburn fan, compromised when her husband, Alex Henry, slected an Alabama them for his cake. Photo by Megan Mullins Photography

Groom’s cakes reflect the passions and pastimes of the bride’s betrothed. The tradition began in 19th century England and was immediately embraced by the American South, where the treat lends a personality all its own to the big event.

From stadium cakes to beer cooler replicas and air-brushed logos, football-themed groom’s cakes are popular here in the heart of the SEC.

When Auburn University fan Marianne Duncan fell for Alex Henry, a fan of The University of Alabama, they knew compromise would be a challenge. That compromise began while planning their wedding reception.

“We are a house divided,” Duncan said, “so he had to have his Alabama cake.”

McKinney Cakes in Montgomery created the special two-layer groom’s cake for the reception. Both layers of red velvet cake were surrounded by satin houndstooth and crimson ribbons. The Alabama “A” logo adorned the top, while chocolate covered strawberries decorated with white icing stitches to look like footballs were placed strategically on both layers, alongside fresh strawberries for added crimson color.

The same strawberry football decoration was employed when Ryan Clayton wed Olyvia Baker at Lake Martin’s Stonebridge Clubhouse just before the season started last August. But this time, they were Auburn footballs – without the crimson accompaniment.

Compromise works. Fans of both teams indulged in the confectionery delights.

Travis Campbell’s cake depicted life at Lake Martin when he married Olivia Walker at Children’s Harbor last June. From fishing poles to Adirondack chairs, the tall tiers of this Southern tradition attest to great times at Lake Martin.

And when David Corliss married Ryley Scales at The Stables a year ago in December, his cake recalled a favorite hobby: duck hunting. The three-tiered chocolate-on-chocolate cake by Pam’s Incredible Edibles was designed to look like a muddy pond. Mallards floated on the different tiers, and a replica of Corliss’s yellow Labrador retriever, Moose, was poised at the top, attentive and ready.