Let Them Eat Cake!

Andrea here, still digesting a very large and very yummy slice of birthday cake from yesterday. Which got me to thinking about when the tradition of birthday cakes came into being. So, history nerd that I am, I decided to do a little research . . .

There are actually a number of online sites that discuss this! Not surprising, one of them is the Sugar Association (a substance dear and dear to my heart!) I confess, I wouldn’t have guessed that ancient Egypt earns credit for the origins of such sweet celebrations. Apparently, pharaohs were “reborn” into a god on their coronation, and so the “birthday” celebration was festive food, including a sweetened pastry called a khak, which was made with flour butter, sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and milk. (it’s still popular today in Egypt.)

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