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Let’s face it, the birthday cake is an incredibly smart move and whoever made it first should be considered nothing less than a genius. Still, it’s a bit interesting to see where these every day (or birthday) traditions come from.

Some historians think the custom of the birthday cake was first observed in ancient Greece in the form of honey cakes or bread. Ancient Romans celebrated three different types of birthdays: private celebrations among family and friends, the birthdays of cities and temples, and the birthdays of past and present emperors or members of the imperial family. The 50th year was celebrated with a honey cake made of wheat flour, grated cheese, honey, and olive oil.

Despite the fact that the birthday cake is meant to bring people together, there is a little historical contention over its origins. Some say the birthday cake tradition was started in Germany in the Middle Ages where sweetened bread dough was made in the shape of baby Jesus in swaddling clothes, used to commemorate his birthday. The birthday cake later re-emerged in Germany as a kinderfest, or a birthday celebration for a young child.

In England, birthday cakes are baked with symbolic objects inside (you could have a whole lot of fun with that). In medieval times, objects such as coins and thimbles were mixed into the batter. People believed that the person who got the coin would be wealthy, while the unlucky finder of the thimble would never marry. Today, small figures, fake coins and small candies are more common.

Birthday candles were originally placed on cakes to bring birthday wishes to God. In ancient times, people prayed over the flames of an open fire. They believed that the smoke carried their thoughts up to the gods. Today, people will often say that if you blow out all your candles in one breath, your wish will come true.

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