Fun Birthday Cake Facts!

IMG_4719We’re almost finished with our one-year Birthday celebration, but before we wrap things up, let’s have another “slice of cake.”

Thank you, Suhaansie W. for this awesome Birthday Cake. Suhaansie is seven and has made this drawing look so delicious, we just want to take a BIG bite out of it!

Want to learn more about the birthday cake? Check out these cake-a-licious facts!

Did You Know?

  • The first “birthday” cakes were made from wheat flour, grated, cheese, honey, and f10664d2b79cab37709f17416dd739f159cd4382_hqolive oil. They were flat and round.
  • In Germany, around the 1400s, bakers started to make one-layer, sweetened dough cakes for children’s birthdays.
  • By the 17th century, cakes began to really get fancy. They came with lots of icing, decorations and multi-layered. However, these delicacies were very expensive, so only the wealthy could afford them.
  • In the 1800s baking ingredients became more affordable allowing people to make their own birthday cakes at home.

What About the Birthday Candles?

animated-birthday-image-0062It is believed the Ancient Greeks started the tradition of putting candles on a cake. They used cakes as an offering to the goddess of the moon, Artemis. They would adorn the cake with lit candles to symbolize the moon’s glowing light.

Some ancient cultures believed that smoke carried one’s thoughts and dreams to heaven. Could this be where the tradition of blowing out the candles while making a wish started?

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you…animated-music-note-image-0003

We all probably know the happy birthday song (we sing it for that special person on their special day), but did you know that song was written in 1893 by two sisters from Kentucky, U.S.A., Mildred and Patty Hill?

It was originally written for kindergarten children and was called “Good Morning to You.” It wasn’t until 1910 that the words were changed to focus on birthdays.

Today “Happy Birthday to You” is the most frequently sung song in the English language!

What’s your favorite part of your birthday? Tell us in the comments section!


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