Last night, I had an epiphany! I was on a lot of cold medication at the time so I wanted to wait 24 hours to make sure it made sense and it still does! It started when I was little. I always wanted to have awesome birthday parties with themes perfectly executed; from the invitations, to the cake, right down to the matching clothes that I allowed my family members to wear. I have always had a little bit of a Type A personality. But lets face it, who wouldn't want to be friends with these party animals?
Obviously, party planning is in my blood. Freshman year of college, I decided I didn't want to be a psychology major and eventually I moved onto business because I wanted to become an event planner. Once I found the art of cake decorating, my passion went from the large scope of event planning to the small scope of the cakes for these events. After I discovered this, I realized that I will still be able to help with small aspects of the events but I don't have the pressure of the entire event weighing on my shoulders.
I'm sure you're wondering where my epiphany comes into play. Here it is: cake is what makes all these events special! I was reading up on the history of cakes and after reading numerous articles, it has been confirmed that cake has been around for a long time.
The Huffington Post has an interesting article regarding the history of birthdays, just not necessarily the history of the birthday cake. Basically cake has been around for thousands of years, but back then, it was more of a bread than a cake. Around the 1400's, the Germans started making birthday cakes similar to the ones we know today. Before that time, cakes were almost solely made for the celebration of weddings. The birthday candle tradition was also started by the Germans in the 1700s. They placed a candle on the cake for each year of their life, as well as extra candles, to represent years to come. According to The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings, the wedding cake tradition dates back to ancient Greece, where newlywed couples would share crushed sesame cakes to ensure fertility. In the Middle Ages, guests crumbled wheat cakes over the ocuple's heads, to wish them good fortune and children. The wheat-cake concept slowly evolved into a sweet dessert cake in sixteenth-century England. The French then one-upped the English, introducing the tiered, sugar-covered cake that we know and love today." I also found 12 weird wedding cake facts that you can whip out at the next wedding you attend!
Now that I have provided you with a bunch of useless, but interesting knowledge, let's get back to my epiphany. Since cakes have been such a large part of history, there is a pretty good chance that they will be around for awhile. The best part of a birthday party is the cake and everyone looks forward to the cake cutting at a wedding! All in all, I am starting a business that provides one of the highlights of everyone's celebration and I think that's pretty cool.
I am Lindsay, the owner of Lb Cakes, LLC. I will be updating my blog regarding my adventures of being a young entrepreneur in the bakery business.