Groom’s Cake

Going back to June, my friend who was about to get married approached me about making a “groom’s cake” before the wedding. Her family was hosting a huge henna party and she thought this would be a great opportunity to unveil a cake made especially for her husband-to-be, since a wedding can be so dominated by bride-centric activities. She decided on this cookies-and-cream cake, which I liked the sound of because working from boxed cake mix would help us a lot in terms of time. As we discussed details, we planned to make two double-layered 13×9 cakes. Our grand idea for decorating them devolved from one football field themed one and one UVA Lawn themed one (Wahoowa!) to one green-frosted one with the Rotunda and one plain ol’ one. If I had a dollar for every cake idea that didn’t turn out the way I initially planned, I sure as heck would have a lot of dollars.

We got together a day or two before the henna party and had quite the arsenal of ingredients — we quadrupled the original recipe in order to make four layers of cake. I made some changes to the recipe based on reviews of it, like using 2 whole eggs instead of 3 egg whites. I think I just used a regular buttercream frosting as well. Overall, not too difficult a cake, but making anything in such large quantities can just be quite a handful, and transporting two large sheet cakes was maybe not the easiest thing in the world, but luckily I didn’t have to go too far. Unfortunately, it was also raining, because of course it was. Anyway, that still did not put a damper on the occasion!

First, check out the henna I got!

As bridesmaids, we got henna on both hands done. Many guests had just one hand done. The bride had both the palm side and outside done, up quite farther on the arm than mine. It was such a neat experience! The henna artists were extraordinary – my henna art took maybe 3 minutes.

Here are two layers cooling. I believe if you use 3 egg whites over 2 whole eggs in the cake batter, it’ll turn out whiter, giving off more of that cookies-and-cream look. But the whole eggs make it more moist, which we needed, since it wasn’t to be eaten right away.

The green football field/Lawn-esque cake. Pretty accurate, eh?

The ‘normal’ cake. I used a normal vanilla buttercream frosting and crushed a ton of Oreos for the top and sides.

From the side. Put half-Oreos along the bottom.

I freehanded (clearly) the bride and groom’s names on the top of the green cake with some of the non-green frosting.

Here’s the fondant Rotunda we made. It took both of us to get it looking so…good.

The fondant Rotunda was pretty heavy so I was nervous about putting it on the cake. I just wrapped it up and left it separate until it was time to serve the cake at the henna party. It did end up collapsing the part of the cake it was on. Whoops. Look, there’s a reason I’m not an engineer.

Rotunda cake. Oh yeah, the significance of this is that the two met when they were counselors at a summer camp held at UVA. Not to mention, the groom graduated from there.

I had a fun time baking with my friend and hearing all the final details of the wedding, and I think that the groom enjoyed his groom’s cakes – he at least appreciated the thought, I’m sure :) The cakes were a crowd-pleaser – can you really go wrong with cookies-and-cream? And I don’t think it had a totally artificial taste to it, as many reviewers had said it did, though I did not eat very much. Two of these layer cakes were plenty for quite a big crowd. I ended up even taking nearly half of one home and sharing with coworkers the next day. Now you know what to make for any grooms you know!

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