Another Cake Smash photo session in the studio today and what fun it was too. This little lady had a wonderful time and it was a delight to see her doing so well and having such fun after being very poorly just before her birthday. So a little belated but a great 1st Birthday Cake Smash & Splash nonetheless.
It led me to thinking about the history of the birthday cake and where it all started, so I did a little research and this is what I have found out:
Cakes, interchangeable with bread until the middle ages, have been used in wedding celebrations for thousands of years. The bread mix would be sweetened with honey for celebrations. It wasn't until the 1400's that German bakeries are thought to have started marketing cakes specifically for birthday celebrations. Initially only the wealthy could afford to purchase these cakes as they were expensive to make but the industrial revolution led to advanced technology and materials making production of cakes cheaper and therefore more widely affordable.
What about candles? Why do we light candles on our birthday cakes?
This tradition is thought to stem from Ancient Greece. For the Ancient Greeks, putting candles on a cake was a special way to pay tribute to the Greek moon goddess, Artemis (also the goddess of the hunt). They baked round cakes to symbolise the moon. Candles were added to represent the reflected moonlight. In the 1700's the Germans started to add candles to birthday cakes for children during their birthday celebrations, Kinderfesten. The tradition was for a candle for each year of age as well as extra candles to represent the years to come. Very similar to our tradition now.
Many ancient cultures and religions believed that smoke carried their prayers up to the gods. It is possible that today's tradition of making a wish and blowing out the candles stems from this belief.
And we have the Romans to thank for celebrating birthdays in the first place, however this was only for men. Women's birthday's were not celebrated!!
Fortunately we are no longer under Roman reign and Cake Smashes are very popular for boys and girls alike!
If you would be interested in some more information about a Cake Smash Photo Session for your babies 1st birthday please click here or call/text 07827 443960.
Thank you to Carly's Cakes for a stunning handmade cupcake that matches this little ladies gorgeous bloomers perfectly.