Imagine a birthday party without a cake? Almost impossible, isn’t it? They have become so incorporated into our tradition that every party must have a cake, accompanied with the special entrance of the cake and a “Happy Birthday” song. Of course, this small ritual ends up with a wish and blowing of birthday candles, after which the cake is happily divided and eaten. Without the cake, the party would probably be dull and the kids would quickly become bored and annoyed and there would not be that special glitter caused by happiness in their eyes.
Birthday cakes are an integral part of our birthday parties, but this tradition only appeared in the early 19th century, even though there are some stories about cakes used in Germany during an event that they called Kinderfest, or Children’s Festival. Also, ancient Greeks and Romans also created cakes for special occasions, predominantly out of honey and similar ingredients, and they used those sweet cakes as a part of their rituals in various temples. Cakes, as we know them today, appeared in the 17th and 18th century, but they were mostly reserved for royalty or extremely wealthy members of the society, and only after the industrial revolution did they became a common occurrence on the tables of ordinary people.
Nowadays, people make birthday cakes themselves or they order them from specialized stores or pastry shops. They can order cakes in all shapes and sizes, and when it comes to the design – the options are limitless. There are few basic types of cakes, such as butter cakes, foam cakes and similar, but the number of variations and similar types is enormous.
If you decide to make a cake at home there are several things you should know, mostly because cakes are not something people make every day. Birthdays are a yearly phenomenon, and this means that we need to be careful and not allow our lack of preparation to ruin the special day. First of all, time management is extremely important, which means that you should start working on the cake long before the actual birthday party. Experts say that it is best to make a cake even a month before the birthday and then freeze it, which will make it easier for icing and you will avoid a headache that comes with making a cake the night before.
Also, experts say that it is best to stick with round cakes since this shape is much easier to cover when your are crumb coating and icing your cake. When it comes to icing, there are several types of it, such as fondant icing, royal icing or buttercream icing, and everything depends on your personal ideas and preferences.
In the end, do not forget to involve the kids in the process. They can help with many little things, depending on their age, and then the process of making a cake can be a fun and learning experience. Also, they will mostly focus on the appearance of the cake so make sure that you decorate it accordingly, with candles, sprinkles, and similar items.