Receiving a birthday cake delivery would undoubtedly be a delightful surprise. After all, in Western culture, commemorating a birthday with a cake has been a time-honored tradition. But have you ever pondered the reason behind this custom?
The history of the birthday cake
Although the origins are unclear, European records from the 15th century show that German bakeries expanded from making wedding cakes to creating Kinderfest cakes for children’s birthdays. However, next day birthday cake delivery was likely not an option back then! These birthday cakes were originally bread-like, made with coarse flour, yeast, and possibly sweetened with honey.
By the 17th century they had become more elaborate and these ‘Geburtstagorten’ had multiple layers. The concept of sugar icing was also developed.
Initially, birthday cakes were limited to the wealthy. Later on, the industrial revolution ensured that ingredients became much more plentiful. As the costs fell, birthday cakes became more accessible to all classes of society.
Birthday cakes today
Today, birthday cakes come in all sizes, shapes, flavours and colours. Whether you prefer a lemon drizzle, decadent red velvet, or exotic fruit flavours, the variety of birthday cake options available today is truly astounding. With the advent of the internet and versatile packaging options, arranging a birthday cake delivery has become more accessible and convenient than ever before.
Why do we add candles to our birthday cakes?
Some theories take it back to ancient Greece, others to Roman times. Others trace the tradition back to Germany once again, where candles on a cake were said to symbolise ‘the light of life.’ Historical records indicate that in 1746, Count Ludwig Von Zinzindorf celebrated his birthday with a cake that had “holes in it according to the person’s age, everyone having a candle stuck in it.”
How many candles for your birthday cake?
Over the years the tradition of matching the number of candles to the individual’s age became widespread. And of course, we associate blowing out the candles with making a wish. For older people where the number of candles would be too much, there are often three candles representing past, present and future.
Birthday cake delivery for your loved one
If you’re searching for a way to pamper your loved one on their significant day this year, why not consider indulging them with a birthday cake delivery? Not only can you choose from a delectable array of cake flavours, but you can also elevate your gift by including a set of elegant gold candles to adorn their cake. It’s the perfect way to make their celebration even more special and unforgettable.
So next time you sink your teeth into a delicious birthday cake you’ll know you’re continuing a tradition that is several hundred years old. And, above all else, sharing a birthday cake with others brings a sense of joy and togetherness.
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