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
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    ErinMarieMack, Guest @ 3:42 pm

    Wow! Amazing! That looks too good to eat! I am sure you got a lot of compliments on it and your groom was thrilled! I am doing a groom’s cake at our welcome dinner (since we are inviting everyone we decided not to call it a rehearsal dinner). We’ll have BBQ, a bluegrass band, checkered tablecloths, sunflowers and bandanas for napkins, so I am thinking of a “Western” theme, which is very him (I designed the welcome party around what he wanted the wedding to be like).

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    bruinbaby, Guest @ 3:48 pm

    I absolutely love the details of this!! Your baker went out of her way to make sure it looked completely real, even down to the gold C in UCLA to commemorate the 100 UCLA NCAA Championships! Beautiful!

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    danathebride 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:13 pm

    A-DORABLE! I lurve it – so cool!

    I’m doing a pizza cake since my man loooooves pizza!
    Broke-Ass Bride

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    StefM, Guest @ 4:27 pm

    Yes indeed! We’re having a guitar cake at our Rehearsal dinner. She promised that even the strings will be made of sugar and the knobs and gadgets will be edible…even the Fender logo will authenticly created…it will be an exact replica of a guitar that was gifted to FI by the widow of a very close family friend who passed away about 4 years ago. So it’ll be sentimental, radical (yes I did just use the word radical) looking, and super duper tasty!

    Loooooove your grooms cake :)

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    Kristen, Guest @ 4:33 pm

    Wow, I’ve seen some impressive cakes, but this one is really outstanding! Very impressive!!

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    Tea, Guest @ 5:29 pm

    oh it looks too good to eat. of course it wouldn’t stop me from eating. i bet it was delicious. was it as delicious as it looked?

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    Librarygirl2, Guest @ 6:55 pm

    My fiance is not much of a cake person, so we are having a table of groom’s brownies instead. Chocolate fude with pecans…yummm.

    I did not realize till I began planning my own wedding and reading about weddings on the internet that groom’s cakes were not the standard. (Every wedding that I have been to has had one, but then I have only been to wedings in the south)

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    l3r0wnEyedGurL 136 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:03 pm

    I didn’t notice the gold C until now either!
    The more I see it, the more awesome it gets!

    who doesn’t love Joe? (well…maybe a Trojan wouldn’t….their loss!) =P

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    maritessb, Guest @ 8:13 pm

    yup and it looked great. i think yo ualready know i did a hennessy in a box cake for DH. he loved it even though he was dead set on spending another dime. its like something that was his in the wedding.. he thought it was awesome. even if a bride couldn’t afford a cake maybe do some kind of statue, trophy… some kind of disply reflect DH’s favorite thing/team/etc.

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    MsPopcorn 217 posts, Helper bee @ 8:54 pm


    having him up in the net is a work or genius.

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    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!

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    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!

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    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

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