April 30, 2012 at 14:25 PM EDT
The Renaissance and Modernization of the Groom's Cake
What is a Groom's cake? Just ask a Southerner from the United States to hear about the "must have" of the Southern wedding. "After a century of transformation, the Groom's cake of today expresses the personality of the Groom and is now making its way around weddings beyond the South," explained Bobby Jucker, fifth generation baker and co-owner of Three Brothers Bakery in Houston, TX.
The inclusion of the Groom's Cake during the bridal celebration began around mid-19th century in Britain and somehow appeared in the Southern United States during the early 1900s becoming a Southern tradition according to foodtimeline.org . A year ago Prince William and his bride, Kate Middleton, during their nuptial celebration shared a Groom's cake made of chocolate and tea biscuits enjoyed from his youth.
"In the 1960s I first was asked for a Groom's cake," said Sigmund Jucker, one of the founders of Three Brothers Bakery. "It was a simple cake matching the height of the wedding cake tier and always a chocolate cake, chocolate butter cream icing and filling costing $75 for 200 servings" continued the senior Jucker.
Once Sigmund Jucker learned about the Groom's cake, Jucker said with a smile "I always suggested a Groom's cake." What he did not realize was how he perpetuated the tradition.
Superstition had it if a single girl slept with a slice of Groom's cake slipped under her pillow, she would dream of her future groom. Janice Jucker, wife of Bobby Jucker, remembers during the 1960s her mother coming home with a slice of cake, putting it under her pillow several times.
In the 1970s, Bobby Jucker, explained "the Groom's cake became a bit more elaborate - still chocolate adding fresh fruit, chocolate shavings and at times even multi-tiered yet never outshining the wedding cake.
In the 1980s the Groom's personality began appearing with the 2D cutouts and 3D cakes of mainly "manly" subjects, such as sports, autos and hunting to name a few.
Fondant came on the scene in the late 1980s. The new decorating canvas made some of the impossible possible. Three Brothers Bakery began being known for their large 3D confections, even making an Astrodome cake celebrating the stadium's 20th anniversary. "I think the 3D Groom's cake trend began with the movie "Steel Magnolias" and the "bleeding" armadillo Groom's cake. Today, twenty years later, couples come in asking for a "bleeding armadillo" made with red velvet cake and ask if we have ever heard of it," chuckled Jucker.
The 1990s followed suit with more bakers venturing out into the world of the 3D cake. Before the baking shows, in 2006, Three Brothers Bakery and Jucker made their first "Extreme Cake," - an 8.5 foot oil derrick shooting 3.5 feet of fire. "Today we can do anything," said Jucker.
"Each cake comes with a story," said Jucker and continued with a favorite, "in 2010 a Groom was going to have to get rid of a 'stuffed' wild turkey he had hunted if he wanted to marry the Bride. So as a joke the Bride's family ordered a life size wild turkey cake."
The Groom's cakes of Sigmund Jucker's day ran about $.37/slice while today begin at $1.50/slice for the simplest. Should you want the "wild turkey" of cakes it is all custom work to be quoted only after detailed design appointments.
A century after the Groom's cake arrived in the South approximately 80% of Jucker's weddings include some form of a Groom's cake and hears from other bakers they are gaining favor throughout the U.S. "Over 50% of all cake consultations include the Groom," said the younger Jucker, for "the Groom's cake allows the Groom to share his personality and preferences." Perhaps a year ago Prince William was like all Groom's wanting to put a piece of his personal self into the celebration and, in so doing, he gave us the renaissance of the Groom's cake.
About Three Brothers Bakery
The original Three Brothers Bakery owned by Bobby, Janice and Estelle Jucker, continues to operate a full-service, scratch bakery making savory Eastern European style breads and pastries, cookies, a full line of specialty dessert cakes and pies, as well as custom birthday, special occasion, wedding and groom's cakes with many products dairy-free - perfect for those who are lactose intolerant.
The Three Brothers Bakery pecan pie was named "...the best mail order pecan pie America has to offer..." by Country Living magazine and most recently Bobby Jucker competed in Food Network Challenge, was seen on Food Network's Outrageous Food - highlighting their Pumpecapple Piecake, and on TLC's The Little Couple, named Pastry Chef of the Year at The Houston Culinary Awards and awarded The Knot Best of Weddings 2012 Pick for the 3rd year in a row. Three Brothers Bakery is a certified Woman Owned Business through WBENC and a State of Texas HUB.
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