I have always asked myself this question: “why is there always a cake at literally every celebration? Why not something else? like errr… water or eggs Must it be a cake?
I am very sure I am not the first and only person that asks this question. Well, this cake and birthday bond as a history and believe me we I say this tradition is here to stay.
The link between cakes and birthday celebrations may date back to ancient Roman times. In classical Roman culture, ‘cakes’ were occasionally served at special birthdays and at weddings. These were flat circles made from flour and nuts, leavened with yeast, and sweetened with honey. In the 15th century, bakeries in Germany began to market one-layer cakes for customers’ birthdays as opposed to only marketing cakes for weddings, and thus the modern birthday cake was born. During the 17th century, the birthday cake took on its contemporary form. These elaborate 17th century cakes had many aspects of the contemporary birthday cake, like multiple layers, icing, and decorations. However, these cakes were only available to the very wealthy. Birthday cakes became accessible to the lower class as a result of the industrial revolution and the spread of more materials and goods. There are many other cake origin stories like the Greek origin story, Pagan origin story, German origin story and the Swiss origin story.