Birthday cake

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Child with Snow White Cake, circa 1930–1940

The birthday cake is part of birthday celebrations in European countries since 19th century.[1] It is popular to song birthday songs, clap hands and cheer when cake is brought. Tradition of adding candles to the top of a birthday cake comes from Germany. Some forms of birthday cakes and such celebrating goes as far as to ancient Rome. Often good wishes are written on the cake using sugar or chocolate.[2] Since long times birthday cakes were a sign of wealth, but since a century they became easily accessible to all parts of society. Around the world many types of the birthday cake are used often looking more like candies and combined sweets. Before the cake is eaten, the person whose birthday it is should make a wish, blow out the candles in one try - this would guarantee that the wish will come true.[3]

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