Put a smile on their face with a special Birthday cake delivery this year…
Would you appreciate a Birthday cake delivery? I know I would.
In Western culture, celebrating a Birthday with cake is a long established tradition. Have you ever wondered why?
Nobody is sure how it all started but, from a European perspective, we know that in the 15th century bakeries in Germany who made wedding cakes started expanding their business by making cakes to celebrate children’s birthdays – the Kinderfest. I can’t imagine that next day Birthday cake delivery was an option back then though!
Originally the cakes would have been bread-like. They were rather flat and basic, and made with course flour leavened with yeast and maybe sweetened with honey.
By the 17th century they had become more elaborate and these ‘Geburtstagorten’ had multiple layers and the concept of sugar icing was 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.
Today, birthday cakes come in all sizes, shapes, flavours and colours. Thanks to the Internet and versatile packaging options, it is now possible to arrange a Birthday cake delivery.
Ever wondered how the whole candles idea started?
Some theories take it back to ancient Greece, others to Roman times. But for more certainty, we know it goes back to Germany again, where placing candles on the cake was said to represent ‘the light of life’. Records show that in 1746, Count Ludwig Von Zinzindorf celebrated his birthday with a cake with “holes in it according to the person’s age, every one having a candle stuck in it”.
Over the years the tradition of matching the number of candles to the individual’s age became widespread. And of course, blowing out the candles is associated 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.
If you’re looking to spoil a loved one on their big day this year, why not treat them to a Birthday cake delivery? We can include some elegant gold candles with your gift. They come in multiples of three candles. Celebrate in style and send a cake today!
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.
You can read a little more about where our delicious Birthday cakes are made here.