A Crazy Cake!

Our groom’s cake was one detail I simply could not just gloss over! Groom’s cakes are a less heard of wedding detail here in California. I’d never even heard of the concept until I started reading Weddingbee, and I didn’t think much of it until I started thinking about how much Mr. Penguin would appreciate his own groom’s cake. I had asked our bride’s cake baker if she would think about whipping up a second “themed” cake for us, and she agreed with hesitation, as she typically makes normal, tiered cakes. I didn’t want to push her limits, so I eventually gave up on the idea, until I met Lien from the Crazy Cake Company. At the time, Lien was new on the cake scene here in the Sacramento area (she’s based out of Davis) but her portfolio was impressive and I knew I had to give her a try!

Image: Sarah K. Chen

I didn’t have a concrete concept in mind, only that the cake had to include the old-school UCLA Bruin mascot, so Lien took the reigns in coming up with the design. The end result was awesome!

I have no idea how Lien worked her magic to defy gravity with this cake. The entire bear was edible, save for the ends of the legs! Even the basketball net was made from sugar. Mr. Penguin, also new to the concept of Groom’s cakes, didn’t actually realize that the bear was made from cake. He saw it and thought it was just a cute sculpture of some sort, and was in awe when he realized that Joe Bruin was made from lemon pound cake! While groom’s cakes are typically chocolate, I opted for lemon, because our bride’s cake was already chocolate.

Image: Crazy Cake Lady’s Flickr

The Crazy Cake Company makes all kinds of creative desserts, and I was really happy to have chosen her to make our Groom’s cake. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be worth the money to have a groom’s cake, but it was really special to have one more detail that reflected Mr. Penguin’s likes and personality at our wedding that was otherwise so heavily “bride” related!

Sarah K. Chen

Are you having a groom’s cake at your wedding? What’s the theme?


Mrs. Penguin

Northern California
Wedding Date:
June 2008
TV Show Proposal
The Time of Our Lives: The Pre-Game


  1. Guest Icon Guest
    Mrs. SKI, Guest @ 1:21 am

    We live in Tucson, AZ…and we are both die hard Wildcats…we are both U of A alums… so Mr. SKI’s cake is, of course, going to be of Wilbur holding a big ol’ honkin’ red, white & blue “A”! Bear Down!

  2. avocado Member
    avocado 1538 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:32 pm

    I have scrolled up and down to figure out how that thing is hanging in the air and I cannot figure it out. I would have loved to see some shots of how you cut that thing up!

  3. martini Member
    martini 270 posts, Helper bee @ 9:09 pm

    I LOVE IT!!! i really love the concept of the groomscake. i just mailed in my deposit for mr martini’s! =D

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    kiwikuku 3 posts, Wannabee @ 1:08 am

    i’m a little late to the party, but just wanted to let you know that me and my new hubby are ‘uge bruin fans too :) we put a special thank you in our programs to the UCLA Housing Dept for being the reason we met each other (putting us on the same floor in Rieber) and walked out to the fight song when entering the reception… i enjoyed reading all your posts during planning since I felt an instant bond. this cake looks good enough to win us a 12th banner! thanks mrs penguin!

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    How to Freeze Your Cake and Eat It Too! | Weddingbee, Guest @ 11:56 am

    […] in Davis, California. She creates custom wedding cakes and sculpted celebration cakes, including Mrs. Penguin’s and Mrs. Cherry Blossom’s wedding and groom’s cakes for their […]

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