What? The Groom Gets a Cake, Too?

That’s exactly what Mr. A asked when I told him about the tradition of a groom’s cake. Now I can’t get him to stop talking about what he wants his cake to look like and taste like and yadda yadda”¦so I told him he wasn’t getting one. (Teehee.) That’s a LIE, of course, but I want to keep him off the scent of the trail! Because, you see, Mama Dillo and I will be MAKING Mr. A’s groom’s cake ourselves!

And OK, Mr. A totally does NOT read Weddingbee, but I guess I’d better be safe than sorry”¦so without further ado”¦

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Right away, I knew exactly what Mr. A’s groom’s cake would look like. You see, from a very young age, Mr. Armadillo has been fascinated with Legos. One of the first stories he ever shared with me was how sad he was when he had to give away his entire collection of Legos to a neighborhood kid when he went off to college and how he’d love to start his collection back up again in the hope of one day being able to fulfill his dream of having a model city made completely out of them. So, for the past three-and-a-half years, every gift-giving occasion (e.g., birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, our anniversary, etc.) has included a Lego gift of some kind on my part. (Mr. A’s easy to shop for”¦I kinda lucked out in that department!) And so, what better way to pay tribute to who Mr. A is and what he loves than to have a Lego-inspired groom’s cake?

To make matters even easier, making a Lego cake also seems relatively simple in design compared to how extravagant and ornate groom’s cakes can get these days, and since neither Mama Dillo nor I are professional bakers, we don’t want to take on more than we can handle and have it come out looking like a disaster. Here are some inspiration pictures I’ve been saving over the course of the past few months:

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Image and cake via Sugar

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Image and cake by Cake Concepts by Lynn

Basically, the design is a series of smaller rectangular cakes draped in brightly colored fondant and stacked in a topsy-turvy fashion. The only thing I’m kind of confused about are the little interlocking circles on the top. What should they be made out of? Rice Krispies treats cut into circles? Oreo cookies? I guess it kind of depends on the scale of the cakes, huh?

As for flavors, having multiple little cakes gives us the opportunity to do multiple flavors as well. Mr. A’s favorite cake flavor is Pillsbury’s Funfetti. (I’m marrying a child”¦I know.) However, Mr. A also popped the question using a slice of Boston cream pie, so maybe a Boston-cream-pie-inspired cake flavor would be appropriate. He also loves German chocolate cake, and since we’re not using chocolate as a flavor in the wedding cake, maybe that could be a good option for more variety for our guests. I know coconut is kind of a love or hate thing with people, though, so that might not be the best option.

I also fully intend to have this done on our wedding cake, but with a little Lego dude sticking out:

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Image via Style Me Pretty / Photo by Jennifer Skog / Cake by Studio Cake

Anyone else attempt to make their groom’s cake for the wedding? What cake flavors do you suggest I use? Should we go with the traditional chocolate or make Mr. A’s favorite, Funfetti?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Armadillo

Location:
Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013

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    BookishBelle 1629 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:20 pm

    I would make the nubs ontop out of cake too! Some little circle cakes ontop of bigger rectangle cakes…

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    redness82 365 posts, Helper bee @ 12:24 pm

    Check out cakecentral.com!! A TON of tutorials, ideas, forums, etc. I do hobby baking/decorating and have learned a ton from there! You could do “lego” a different flavor!

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    Lone Star, Guest @ 12:25 pm

    FUNFETTI! Funfetti is ALWAYS the correct answer

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    AEMalmostK 340 posts, Helper bee @ 12:25 pm

    How are you not having an armadillo groom’s cake, ala Steel Magnolias???!!??

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 12:31 pm

    @BookishBelle: Oh, that’s true! I could just cut pieces of cake out with a round cookie cutter. Great idea!

    @redness82: Thanks for the tip! I’ve never heard of that site before. I bet I can find lots of useful info there!

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:33 pm

    That spiderman/dress cake is brilliant!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 12:33 pm

    @Lone Star: Bahaha, you and Mr. A would be fast friends in the cake department! I gotta admit it is pretty delicious. ;)

    @AEMalmostK: Awww, I thought of that! But I really wanted the groom’s cake to be about Mr. A, and he doesn’t really have any ties to Armadillos…aside from marrying Miss Armadillo, that is!

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    LissaBeans 340 posts, Helper bee @ 12:40 pm

    I was going to say Oreos before I even saw you mentioned them! I think Oreos would be perfect for the little circles.

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 12:42 pm

    @Mrs. Bracelet: I know! It’s such a cute idea!

    @LissaBeans: Heeey…great minds think alike! And any excuse to use Oreos is a good excuse, in my humble opinion. ;)

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    Kate, Guest @ 12:51 pm

    When we made a lego cake for my baby brother’s birthday we used large campfire marshmallows cut in half for the circles on top! I think it was a betty crocker recipe!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 12:53 pm

    This is awesome! He is going to love it and what a sweet tribute to his hobby. Also, I think it’s awesome it will be partly made of Funfetti cake! You guys are too much fun!

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    KatieBklyn 2014 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:08 pm

    I just made my first stacked cake using the cake recipe from Smitten Kitchen’s wedding cake tutorial: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/07/project-wedding-cake-the-cake-is-baked/

    It was delicious, and sturdy enough to hold up to stacking – but still moist and yummy! If vanilla is one of your flavors, give this recipe a try. :)

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 1:40 pm

    @Kate: Marshmallows! Another great tip! Guess I’ll be baking and doing a few trial runs over the holiday to see which method works best. ;)

    @Miss Camel: I can’t wait to see the expression on his face!

    @KatieBklyn: Thank you, so much! I’ll definitely have to try this recipe out.

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    sarahblais 120 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:43 pm

    I’d make the little Lego circles out of the bottom of cupcakes. Maybe just because I could then eat the cupcake top! Ohh – this reminds me of that Seinfeld episode about the Muffin Tops! :)

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 1:50 pm

    @sarahblais: Genius! Fun fact: My high school had a “Seinfeld Club” where kids would meet in the teacher’s room after school and watch episodes of the show. For their annual fundraiser, they had a muffin top bake sale! Priceless.

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    BostonTerrier 70 posts, Worker bee @ 4:55 pm

    The top tier of our wedding cake was Funfetti. It’s my favorite too, so I think it’s totally wedding appropriate! :)

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    brooklyn55 743 posts, Busy bee @ 5:12 pm

    Funfetti is the BEST!!! We are having a 4 tier wedding cake and funfetti is one of our layers (not the biggest.. the biggest is marble, followed by red velvet, followed by funfetti followed by pink lemonade) sounds weird all together but they don’t mix together.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:19 pm

    This is so fun! The only thing that will make it better is funfetti, of course :)

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:52 pm

    I agree with funfetti. all cake is better with funfetti. I insist that funfetti actually *tastes* better than regular vanilla cake.

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 6:24 pm

    @BostonTerrier: @Brooklyn55: @Mrs. Pony: @panda: OMG! Mr. A will be so pleased to know there are so many bees out there who love Funfetti as much as he does. ;) I think you guys have convinced me to Funfetti it up with the groom’s cake!

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 8:23 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen marshmallow used to make lego cakes before.

    And yes, I’m definitely a funfetti fan here too! One of my favorites probably.

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    amyd1027, Guest @ 8:46 pm

    it’s the groom’s cake, you HAVE to go with his favorite…and how lucky are you (and your guests) that his favorite is something fun and delicious and easy!

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    carol, Guest @ 3:57 am

    Don’t buy the lego shaped cake pan, the cake does not come out of the pan that well. It is better to make the base with a couple of layers of cake inside. Then, just cookie cutter (or use a glass) to cut out the round nubs out of a single layer of cake.

    Another idea would be to add some chocolate/candy melt/hard candy lego pieces. Some places sell lego ice cube trays (http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-4277645-Lego-Bricks-Tray/dp/B000TOHYGU). Just melt in some candy melts in the great colors they come in, let them set, pop them out and put around the cake.

    I am guessing you have already seen all the wicked cute lego things they have at The Container Store, I just got some for my nephews. I was tempted to get some storage boxes for myself as well. So cute.

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