Cakes and Candles

Cakes and Candles

Cakes and Candles

The tradition of putting candles on cakes, especially for birthdays, seems to go back centuries. But the exact origin is lost. The ancient Greeks put candles on cakes for some religious occasions, but this has nothing to do with birthdays. Ancient Egyptians, Romans and many religions latter put candles on cakes. The tradition of using candles for individual birthdays seems to have developed the 1700s in Germany.

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The tradition of candles on cakes has not died out, but there is competition from other cake decorations. For centuries there were a limited number ways to decorate a cake. Simple designs and candles were all there was to offer. But today cakes are made in all shape, sizes and colours. The cake design often reflects the occasion. It would seem odd to put candles on many of these cakes. The cake design stands alone.

Of course we could make the candle part of the decoration. There are plenty of candles in the shape of letters, which we use to spell out a message or name. Or candles with the numbers that comprise the individuals age.

It is not too much of a jump to have a candle in the shape of poplar cartoon figure. This is almost enough decoration for a simple cake, though it hardly shows much imagination.
With some forethought we could combine the candles with the cake decoration. In fact, not doing this could means that the birthday candles ruin the look of the cake.
Small, plain white candles shouldn’t intrude on the cake design too much. Else, try to find candles that match the colour of the cake décor.

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If an occasion is a significant and happy event it is worth celebrating. A custom designed cake makes any occasion memorable. And with digital camera and social media a picture of the cake makes a worthwhile post.
Have an artsy cake that symbolizes the occasion.