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5 Things You May Not Have Known About Birthday Cakes!

Surprisingly enough, investigating the history of the birthday cake is not as simple as you might think. A number of cultures claim to have begun the tradition of celebrating a birthday with cake, but regardless of whether birthday cake celebrations began in Egypt, Greece or Germany we commonly accept that a birthday isn’t properly acknowledged until a delicious cake lit with candles has been shared amongst family and friends.

If you’ve ever wondered about birthday cakes and their significance, read on to test your knowledge with the following 5 interesting birthday cake facts!


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Did you know….

1. Cakes are traditionally round and it’s thought this was to symbolise the cyclical nature of life and also the sun and moon.

2. Buying somebody a birthday cake demonstrates you honour them as traditionally the ingredients in cake (refined sugar, flour etc) were expensive and difficult to source.

3. The tradition of candles on a cake is said to have begun in Ancient Greece to represent the glow of the moon.

4. Superstition says the birthday wish won’t come true if the candles are not extinguished in a single breath or if the wish is disclosed.

5. It took 14 hours for 1000 volunteers to ice the world’s largest cake in Las Vegas, 2005. The total weight was reported to be close to 60,000 kg!

Because so many people enjoy birthday cake and anticipate it being part of their yearly celebration, it’s unlikely this lovely tradition will fade anytime soon. Luckily there are so many types of cakes to choose from everyone’s birthday cake wishes can be fulfilled!

Well, that is quite simple really!

What should you do now?

  1. If you’re looking for unique birthday cake decorating inspiration then Pinterest will have you spoilt for ideas.
  2. And then remember to document your birthday celebrations with a snapshot of the cake before candles are lit and its devoured.
  3. Want some help or ideas? Just contact us at Killarney Vale Bakery now.


Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about the memories.
~ Buddy Valastro

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