The Egyptians thought that when pharaohs were crowned, they became gods. So their coronation was their birth. (It sounds fun until you realise there are no sweets.)

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The Greeks introduced cake to this custom. Cake? So the Greeks wanted something to honour Artemis, the moon goddess, on their birthdays. 

To celebrate the moon, the Greeks baked moon-shaped pastries with lighted candles. That was brilliant!

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The first true birthday cake was for children in mediaeval Germany. It was Kinderfest. 

Every year, the kid would be given a cake and a candle for each year of their existence, plus one for the next. 

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Birthday cakes weren't always so tasty. Sugar was scarce and expensive, so sweet cakes were exclusively for the rich. 

 The Industrial Revolution introduced cheap sugar and other components.

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While Wicked Uncle can't send you a cake—we haven't figured out how to mail a whole layer cake with candles

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