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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    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!

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    coyote 2032 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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