Why do we cut cakes on birthdays?

The tradition, history, and reason for the birthday celebrations unfolded! Why do we cut cakes on birthdays?

Someone’s Got A Birthday I Wonder Who!!! Are you the one!!!

Smile of excitement??

Well, indeed, a birthday is one of the happiest and cherished days of the year for a person either at the age of 15 or 50. 

And why shouldn’t it be?

After all, there is so much to remember on this day, starting from candles, balloons, good food, the crazy fun, gifts and wishes of your loved ones.

What else one can look forward to on this special day, Right!

A.ha,… you observed well!

A special birthday Cake!

How can a birthday feels like celebration and a festival without cutting yummy cake? Right?

But, have you ever given a thought, why do we cut cakes on birthday which is always decorated with candles? Not only that, why there is a special birthday song that everyone knows so well and sing together at the time of cutting the cake

Doesn’t it sound like a tradition?

Intrigued already?

Well, we know you are curious enough to know the background of birthday cake with candles

So, why to delay, lets uncover the evolution of birthday celebration.

History of cake cutting: Deliciously Yours

The history of cutting cakes harks back to the time before recorded history. And this ceremony finds its origins in western culture. 

Why do we cut cakes on birthdays?
Why do we cut cakes on birthdays?

Did you know!

In ancient Greek history, people used to burn candles as a way of giving offerings to their deities. The Greeks would bake round honey cakes as a symbol of the moon and topped them with candles to pay tribute to the birth of their moon Goddess, Artemis on the sixth day of every lunar month. 

These lit candles were added to the cake to represent the reflected moonlight because it was believed that the smoke emitting from the candles had the power to carry prayers to Gods. 

Wow, what a blissful day!

Moreover, the ancient Greeks made cake-like sweetmeat of bread mixed with honey and nuts on birthdays which was called ‘Plakous’ which is the origin of the word ‘flat’.

Yummy Romanians Ways!!!

According to traditional Roman culture the cake and it’s cutting held gestural importance. In the 15th century, Germany had a tradition of baking one-layered cakes. The shape of the cake used to flat with lot of sprinkling flour and nut and added sweetener, i.e, honey made it even yummier.

Scrumptious, isn’t it!

But indeed, here is an undeniable fact!

With time, the tradition and ways of preparation of cake has changed for better. Today’s cake is multilayered with icing and beautiful decorations giving it a wonderful look.

But, hey, feelings never change, no matter how the cakes are being prepared for special day, the presence of beautiful, yummy cake is must.

Now, when cake is here, how can we miss the lovely song as that’s what make the surrounding even happier and full of best wishes.

Considering the same, let’s discover more details!

The Cake Song Meaning: 

To be honest, it has no real fact behind it. It is similar to teaching the good morning wish to children as the tune brings in positivity in the overall environment.

Why do we cut cakes on birthdays?
Why do we cut cakes on birthdays?

Likewise, the cake song or birthday song during the cake ceremony builds the positive aura around the birthday girl or boy.

And so here is A sweet birthday cake song for you all!!

Happy Birthday to you!! Happy Birthday my dear Reader!! Happy birthday to you!!!

However, here is a good to know information!

The birthday song,’ happy birthday to you’ became popular in English-speaking countries in the early 1900s and soon this phrase got written on cakes.

Moreover, did you know!!! Why do we cut cakes on birthdays?

  • In China, guests are served with a small piece instead of a large cake. 
  • In Russia, guests are served fruit pies with greetings on birthdays.

Pretty Servings, isn’t it!

Furthermore, Birthday cakes with lots of candles are an indispensable part of a birthday celebration which add the needed glory to the mood, the party and spirits too. 

They are considered a major part of the celebrations because of their sweetness which is considered auspicious and the fact that sugar can help the body absorb Tryptophan, an important amino acid which helps to produce Serotonin which keeps us happy, up and going.

So, sing a birthday song and Blow the candle, please!!!

But, hey, wait wait waiit!!!

Why are these candles here? Is it a part of decoration or has some history attached to it?

Oh. more facts!!! Like every ingredient has its flavor, likewise, every element has its meaning.

So, keep reading here!

Importance Of The Candle On The Cake

Tradition Says!!!

To begin with, lightening the candle is the way of honoring the birth god.

Also, fire protects the evil spirit and so the system of blowing out the candle by a birthday person reflects the entrance of positive vibes in his/her life. 

A big candle in the middle is symbol of ‘the light of life’. And so, in most of the traditions, all the candles should be blown except the one placed in the middle.

But, do you make a wish??? 

Well, if you don’t, never miss it

According to the beliefs, the birthday boy or girl must make a silent wish before blowing out the candles. If all the candles are blown out in one breath the wish will come true and the person will have good luck all year-round.

So, Now Make a Wish and Blow the candle with a lovely vibes of birthday song!!!


Birthdays are always special, even if makes you feel old at times. Just Kidding!!!

To conclude, we won’t miss out to share that we all like to see friends, relatives, and loved ones gather together and spend a fun time.

So what could be the better way to celebrate the day like a festival. And after knowing all the lovely, beautiful vibes of rituals, do not miss to sing a special birthday song each year for yourself. Because your birth is worth a yummy cake!!!

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