An airplane. A Tetris screen. An ’87 Ford Mustang. A Navy SEAL’s diving helmet. These are but a few of the beloved treasures Hatboro baker Stefanie Kitchner of Ciao Bella Cakes has commemorated recently in the form of flour, sugar and smooth-as-silk buttercream—and we couldn’t be happier that the groom’s cake is back in style.
Still most often arranged as a surprise for the groom by the bride, this novelty confection tends to be smaller than the official wedding cake and can be unveiled at the rehearsal dinner—instead of at the bigger, more bustling wedding—so the focus can stay on the guy for whom it was made. And that’s its raison d’être: “Make it as much about him as possible,” advises Kitchner, from the quirky just-for-him design to his very favorite flavors waiting inside. Ciao Bella Cakes, Hatboro, 267-229-0829, ciaobellacakes.com.
Philly bride Amanda Johnson surprised her groom, Frank Guaracini, with one of Kitchner's creations—a gum paste depiction of Frank as the Metallica drummer atop an all-cake drum set—at the rehearsal dinner the night before their summer wedding at Hotel Monaco.
This article originally appeared in the spring/summer 2014 issue of Philadelphia Wedding.