Yes, people do still do them though it is more of a regional thing. I grew up in the South where they are common but now live in California where most people have never heard of them. But being on WW for over a year now, I've seen lots of BAMs with them. As for the surprise factor, I think that is personal preference. And as for what they look like, I've seen very creative, fun cakes to more basic chocolate cakes.
They do, although I'm not a fan. Having a groom's cake rather implies that the regular wedding cake (and by extension, the rest of the wedding) is just the bride's. Why not have the regular wedding cake reflect both of you, rather than having a separate groom's cake?
We are! I agree with the regional part because almost everyone I know has done one. We'll have ours at the rehearsal so that it won't get overlooked in the chaos. As for style, FH requested that I surprise him. Don't know exactly what I'll do yet, but definitely something fun that reflects our interests, and very different from the formal looking wedding cake
I think it's regional - I live in the midwest and have never attended a wedding with one. That being said, it sounded fun so I bought all the supplies to make my husband a MN Wild hockey puck for his groom's cake. However, I ran out of time in the couple of days before! So all the supplies still sit here 4 months later. If the black fondant is still good I may make it the week between Christmas and New Year's just for fun!
I am doing a cookie cake for my FH because he hates regular cake but loves cookie cake. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t. He’s obsessed with the Kansas City Chiefs so I’ll probbly have an arrowhead put on it. It will be a surprise. He loves to surprise me so it will be fun for me to surprise him this time!
I ask my FH if he wanted a groom's cake and he said no since we're having a wedding cake and a dessert bar at the wedding. To answer your question, I have seen groom's cakes that basically reflect what the groom likes or has interests in. It can be a particular superhero, if they like comics, or a character on a video game, etc.