It seems as though the ancient Greeks are credited with first celebrating birthdays with a dessert. It was thought that if you celebrated with a dessert-like meal, then the celebration would be that much more meaningful. (Honestly? Is it even worth celebrating without it? No way!) The cakes were baked into moon shapes (aka: round) symbolizing Artemis, the goddess of the moon. Candles were then added and lit to make the cake shine like the actual moon.
Modern day birthday parties and festivities have their roots deeply planted in 18th century German history. The 18th century German’s would celebrate children’s birthdays with a cake, complete with a candle for each year of the child’s life plus, you guessed it, one to grow on! The extra candle was known as the “light of life” and was added in hopes that the child would live to achieve another year of life. The celebration was known as “Kinderfeste”.
It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that the tradition of birthday cake would become popular and remain steadfast. Nowadays, a birthday just isn’t a birthday without cake. It doesn’t matter if you are a child or an adult. Even if you receive no other birthday gifts, a birthday just doesn’t seem complete with out a cake (or cupcakes!). It you are celebrating a birthday today, I wish you the happiest of birthdays and I do hope that you get the chance to dig into a beautifully, sweet birthday cake today! If you are by chance celebrating someone else’s birthday today, check out the list of 5 wonderful birthday cake recipes below as well as our Pinterest Board of yummyness! A homemade birthday cake is a thoughtful way of telling someone “Happy Birthday! Let’s celebrate you!”
- This lovely Chiffon Cake recipe is to die for and is a great way to say Happy Birthday!
- An out of this world Southern Red Velvet cake for celebrating!
- On oldie but a goodie, Pineapple Upside Down cake is sure to please.
- OMG…Cake Batter Cheesecake! Enough said.
- Birthday cake AND candy. Ingenious! Kit Kat Cake recipe.
Do you have a favorite birthday cake flavor? A cake that you pine for all year round? Let’s have a little fun and answer the poll below! It will be interesting to see if everyone sways towards the same flavor or if they answers will be all over the place!
Enjoy some cool birthday cake inspired products!