A Camo Groom’s Cake

I always knew that I wanted to include a groom’s cake during the wedding festivities. The perfect fit for us would be at our rehearsal lunch. My latest wedding obsession has been trying to find the right bakery to complete my unique request. I thought I had the perfect baker squared away, until she emailed me to tell me that now she will be gone on vacation the week of our wedding. Well that’s a bummer, and thanks for waiting two months before our wedding to tell me this.

I thought for a split second about freaking out about this…but really when it comes down to it, it’s a cake. Not the wedding cake, a groom’s cake. No need to worry, I just need to find a new baker.

First I should show you the object of my affection here, and then explain my issue.

As some of you may know by now, Mr. Buck is a big time duck hunter. This means I wanted his grooms cake to include two things: camo and a duck. I preferably wanted the duck made out of red velvet cake so that I could have my Steel Magnolias moment.


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I went on a search trying to find just the right cake to make everyone “ooh and ahh” over.

I finally found the cake I had been looking for, that included all of my specific elements. I definitely would not need it this grand, but something along these lines would be magnificent.


{Image via Found Splash}

Here is the problem I have ran into with multiple bakeries. Most are willing to create the duck out of red velvet, but it nearly doubles the price of the cake. The majority of the bakeries suggest doing the camo base, with a plastic duck on top. I am willing to pay the extra cost if it is worth it…but I am not convinced that it is. At the end of the day…the cake gets eaten no matter what. Does it really matter if the duck is made out of cake too?

What do you think, Hive? Should I fork out the extra dough to have my Steel Magnolias moment, or should I go the budgeting route and adorn a plastic duck on top of a camo cake? Do you have any plans to include a groom’s cake at your wedding?


Mrs. Doe

Northern California
Wedding Date:
May 2012
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  1. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:37 pm

    Is there any way to make the cake a full sized duck like in steel magnolias an have a camo table cloth? Because I think the cutting into red velvet animal cake moment will be awesome! But I don’t think you should have to spend a ton more.

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    woodpecker 270 posts, Helper bee @ 3:39 pm

    OMG I kid you not I was just thinking about the Steel Magnolia’s cake the other day when I was thinking about groom’s cakes!

    I love the idea, but that prices increase stinks! Personally, I’d say that if the duck is just going to be on top of the cake, I don’t know if the price would be worth it, as long as you can get a fake one that looks just as good. Good luck!

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    Crabbabs 1030 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:06 pm

    From my perspective as a hobby baker and cake decorator, you are going to pay top dollar for a good cake duck. I would be wary of any baker that will do a carved cake cheaply. That said, a duck is a pretty simple shape – its getting the head to stay up that will be difficult. Maybe suggest the head to be made of Styrofoam and covered with fondant/modeling chocolate.

    I really like Miss Eagle’s idea of the duck being the only cake with a camp table cloth! This would give you the most bang for your buck in my opinion.

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:13 pm

    I would say it’s only worth it if you know the baker will be able to make a good duck! I’ve seen some animal cakes gone bad, where the cake doesn’t really look like the actual animal. If you want to go the budget route the plastic duck might look the best. Either way I CAN NOT WAIT to see it!

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    Carol, Guest @ 4:32 pm

    as a cake baker – I can see why that first cake with an edible duck would be more expensive – hand painted two tiered cake with a custom formed cake (aka duck) on top. If you just wanted a cake duck, that shouldn’t be that much. You could even put that duck on top of a real wood log with some reeds sticking up around it.

    Have you asked your cake baker about a chocolate duck? I just looked it up and found a chocolate duck mold. This could easily be made into the duck on the top. It could be made like a shell, then filled with the same filling as a red velvet cake-pop, then joined together, painted with cocoa butter paint and placed on the top of the cake. It would not be a smooth cut when cutting through the chocolate shell, but it would be relatively easy to do. You could even just make it out of sold chocolate at home, then seal it together and paint it yourself.


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    Mrs.2BStarbucks, Guest @ 4:40 pm

    I too am also having a grooms cake. I think you should do a plastic duck for him to keep as a memory for the both of you OR you can do the enitre cake as a duck, just like the other bees have said. A grooms cake is always a personal touch for your wedding and your groom.

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:58 pm

    YES to Steel Magnolias! Yes to your Armadillo cake! I wish we did a groom’s cake – we would’ve had a corgi (our dog) cake for sure :)

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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:12 pm

    Yesssssssssss steel magnolias :) LOVE IT. And I love your idea for a duck cake.

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:45 pm

    Could you do a red velvet cake and a Rice Krispie duck? That’s how many bakeries (including the Cake Boss) create the lavish designs.

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    mrswtd 752 posts, Busy bee @ 6:13 pm

    Your groom’s cake sounds awesome! I like the idea of the whole cake being in the shape of a duck and being on top of camo tablecloth.

    I’m secretly going to be getting a groom’s cake done for my FI. It’ll be a great surprise and our dessert for the rehearsal lunch. I want it to be of his police badge with his real badge number on it. I know he’ll totally love it! I’m very excited about it and dying to tell him, but I won’t!

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    Cornflower 82 posts, Worker bee @ 7:01 pm

    Go with a decoy duck and camo cake, to save the $$ when the whole thing will not be eaten anyway.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:37 pm

    Yes to Steel Magnolias moment, love it! I vote for a decoy. No one will care, you’ll save money, and it can be the topper for cake to keep.

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    Victoria, Guest @ 8:51 pm

    I love your idea! What about having the cake similar to what you have pictured and only having the small duck on top be made of the red velvet cake instead of plastic? The rest of the cake can be whatever flavor you choose, but it may help limit the cost and you still get the effect you were going for! I also saw a cake where the used oval tiers and the top oval tier was the body of a horse and the baker made the head and tail out of modeling chocolate and rice treats and painted the legs and the rest of the features on the tier. It was very unique and she still got exactly what she was going for. :)

    Just a few ideas. Best of luck to you! I am sure your grooms cake will be perfect. :)

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    mrs rock, Guest @ 6:08 am

    I think the plastic duck will be just fine. It still will give you the look you want without spending a lot of extra money on something that’s going to be eaten. Good luck 😉

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    daybyday 2637 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:44 am

    Spring for the red velvet!

  16. coyote Member
    coyote 1963 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:03 pm

    I kind of really like Eagle’s idea. DUCK CAKE!!! 😀

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    dustywrath 95 posts, Worker bee @ 8:43 am

    I’d go with the plastic duck. It could be worth it to spend more on the edible duck, but DOUBLE seems excessive.

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    Loggers15 46 posts, Newbee @ 5:23 pm

    I know I’m a few months late to the game, but you can do a regular cake with a “real” wood decoy as a topper. That way, he can keep the decoy for his collection (I”m sure any avid duck hunter has a nice wood decoy or two – I know we do 😉 I think that would be a nice momento for him and maybe you too.

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