Traditionally, while the wedding cake of the bride is white, fluffy, spectacular and multi-layered, the groom's cake is usually quite conservative by comparison. A groom's cake is generally a darker cake, like chocolate or mocha. Although, in some places, it can be a dense cake like a fruitcake, depending upon personal tastes. The Groom's cake is meant to represent the Groom's more masculine tastes.
How To Make A Groom's Cake
One of the tastiest Groom's cakes is a chocolate almond confection. It may be one or two layers and the cake batter can be made from a mix fairly simply. This particular recipe is fairly simple. This recipe has a base layer made from 1/2 cup of soft macaroon cookie crumbs, 1/2 cup coconut and 2 tablespoons of amaretto liqueur. Combine all of these ingredients and press into the bottom of a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan lined with lightly greased parchment.
In a large bowl, beat 3 eggs and 2/3 of a cup of sugar on high speed until they are lemon-colored. Fold 1/4 cup all-purpose flour into the egg mixture until well blended. Add 4 ounces of melted semi-sweet chocolate and 2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate melted. After this add 1/2 cup butter or margarine melted. Pour mixture over cookie base. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool and remove sides of the springform pan. Remove parchment and move to serving platter.
Make 2 sauces for the Groom's Cake. The first is a White Chocolate sauce made with 1 1/2 cups of whipping cream, 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 1/2 cups white chocolate chips. Bring the whipping cream and powdered sugar to a hint of a boil. Remove from heat and blend in white chocolate chips. Refrigerate to allow the sauce to thicken. For the raspberry sauce, you'll need 1 package of frozen raspberries, thawed and drained, 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam and a tablespoon of Framboise liqueur. Kirsch can be substituted for the Framboise liqueur. Blend well and refrigerate.
When the Groom's Cake is ready to be served, dust with cocoa powder and slice. Drizzle white chocolate over the top of each slice and surround the cake with a ring of the raspberry sauce. Or, for a more dramatic presentation, simply pour the white chocolate sauce over one-half of the cake and the raspberry sauce over the other half in ribbons. Grace with a dollop of fresh whipped cream in the center and chocolate curls if desired.
The traditional way to serve the Groom's Cake is from a separate Groom's Table. The Groom's cake is intended to be in contrast to the bride's wedding cake. It is usually smaller in size.