The birthday cake has been an integral part of the birthday celebrations in predominantly Protestant countries since the middle of the 19th century, which extended to Western culture. Certain rituals and traditions, such as singing of birthday songs, associated with birthday cakes are common to many Western cultures. The Western tradition of adding lit candles to the top of a birthday cake originates in 18th-century Germany. However, the intertwining of cakes and birthday celebrations stretch back to the Ancient Romans. The development of the birthday cake has followed the development of culinary and confectionery advancement. While throughout most of Western history, these elaborate cakes in general were the privilege of the wealthy, birthday cakes are nowadays common to most Western birthday celebrations. Around the world many variations on the birthday cake, or rather the birthday pastry or sweets, exist.
... At a North American girl's fourth birthday, she sits at the table with friends and family ... As the candles on her birthday cake are lit and it is placed on the table, the child gains a feeling of deeply felt joy ... This is not only because she knows the cake is sweet and she likes sweet food, nor that the candles' sparkling is pleasing to her eyes ...
... treated Yong-min and friends to celebrate Hong-guan's twenty-second birthday at the same cafe ... when he received a phonecall from his brother to the cake shop ... The couple decided to buy a birthday cake ...
... Variations on the birthday pastry exist outside of Western culture ... The Chinese birthday pastry is the sou bao (壽包), lotus-paste-filled buns made of wheat flour which are shaped and colored to resemble peaches ... In Korea, the traditional birthday dish is a seaweed soup ...
... Ep # Title Airdate DB0101 "Triple Crown Cake" August 17, 2006 (2006-08-17) Chef Duff Goldman and his Charm City Cakes team are introduced ... The staff must produce 21 cakes in a week, including a special cake for the Preakness Stakes horse race ... Other featured cakes are a jeep cake by Geof, and a cake Duff creates for a college friend's wedding ...
... Aired Monday 23 June 2008 Filmed 2008 Brief Design a birthday cake Bright Sparks product A star-shaped cake surrounded with cupcakes, called "Shout Out Cake Kit" Big Shots product A jungle-themed cake ...
Famous quotes containing the words cake and/or birthday:
“It is such a beautiful day I had to write you a letter
From the tower, and to show Im not mad:
I only slipped on the cake of soap of the air
And drowned in the bathtub of the world....”
—John Ashbery (b. 1927)
“Although Im trying very hard
To sound unlike a birthday card,
Thats all this is: so you may find it
Full of all that lies behind it
Admiration; friendship too;
And hope that in the future you
Reap ever richer revenue.”
—Philip Larkin (19221986)