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#1 BadCat

Posted 20 March 2020 - 04:06 PM

... the best of all possible kind of cakes?

Theories?  The wilder and more outrageous the better.  I could use a good laugh.

#2 KnightsofNi

Posted 20 March 2020 - 04:10 PM

Saliva oxidises while travelling through the air on the way to the cake from the candle blowing out procedure. Oxidised salvia is secretly the most delicious thing in the world and flavours the cake to taste more delicious than any other cake.

Trust me. I’m a scientist. ;)

Edited by KnightsofNi, 20 March 2020 - 04:12 PM.


#3 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 20 March 2020 - 04:14 PM

because it’s celebratory in nature, i think. like a christmas ham, when generally - ham is just ham. easter egg chocolate is better than normal chocolate (although normal chocolate is still pretty good). champagne when you are cheering someone is better than just a glass of champagne for no reason.

#4 BadCat

Posted 20 March 2020 - 04:17 PM

Hmmm.

There was no blowing out of candles so it's not about the saliva oxidisation.

Celebratory?  Perhaps.

But easter eggs are only better than normal chocolate because of the chocolate air released when you bite into one.  Surely everyone knows about easter egg air?

#5 IamtheMumma

Posted 20 March 2020 - 04:30 PM

Because the cake is all for one person. Sure it gets shared but really its the birthday person's cake. A whole cake just for them.

There is also an extra emotional sweetness when you know the person who made it, made it just for you. My kids think the birthday cakes I make are the best. They aren't by a long shot. I'm not that skilled but because I make it for them in their favourite theme, they think it is the most delicious cake.

#6 Chchgirl

Posted 20 March 2020 - 04:40 PM

I want some now. Only have to wait till june 😁

#7 JustBeige

Posted 20 March 2020 - 04:47 PM

My kids love their bday cakes, mainly because they are made out of ice cream and lollies :lol:

#8 PrincessPeach

Posted 20 March 2020 - 04:49 PM

Because its made with extra icing.

#9 Ozquoll

Posted 20 March 2020 - 04:51 PM

View PostKnightsofNi, on 20 March 2020 - 04:10 PM, said:

Saliva oxidises while travelling through the air on the way to the cake from the candle blowing out procedure. Oxidised salvia is secretly the most delicious thing in the world and flavours the cake to taste more delicious than any other cake.

Trust me. I’m a scientist. ;)
I know you're being facetious but that has totally put me off birthday cake!! 😱

#10 kadoodle

Posted 20 March 2020 - 05:19 PM

View PostOzquoll, on 20 March 2020 - 04:51 PM, said:


I know you're being facetious but that has totally put me off birthday cake!! 😱

This is why I don’t eat birthday cake.

#11 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 20 March 2020 - 05:56 PM

Because it is aerated with the memories of the past year's good times.

Or some such sh*t.

#12 Silly Old Elf

Posted 20 March 2020 - 06:03 PM

Because it is made with an extra sprinkle of love.
And usually more icing, candy, chocolate shaped into a magical unicorn or snuggly puppy dog or lolly laden dump truck.

View Postkadoodle, on 20 March 2020 - 05:19 PM, said:



This is why I don’t eat birthday cake.
Same. Or I make a cupcake for the candles.

#13 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 20 March 2020 - 06:04 PM

....we could go all 1950’s Suzie Homemaker and say “it’s because it’s made with a mother’s love, with every egg she cracked into the bowl she smiled beatifically at the opportunity granted her to bestow this gift on her offspring”....but i doubt the OP would go for that.


#14 steppy

Posted 20 March 2020 - 06:10 PM

Because it's special.

#15 Dianalynch

Posted 20 March 2020 - 06:31 PM

View PostLucrezia Bauble, on 20 March 2020 - 06:04 PM, said:

....we could go all 1950’s Suzie Homemaker and say “it’s because it’s made with a mother’s love, with every egg she cracked into the bowl she smiled beatifically at the opportunity granted her to bestow this gift on her offspring”....but i doubt the OP would go for that.

like the love I just put into covering the Woolworths mud cake with Betty Crocker icing and decorating with m&ms. My son thought it was great, I thought it was great I wasn’t up until midnight last night baking a cake. A mother’s love has limits it seems...

#16 BadCat

Posted 20 March 2020 - 07:00 PM

View PostLucrezia Bauble, on 20 March 2020 - 06:04 PM, said:

....we could go all 1950’s Suzie Homemaker and say “it’s because it’s made with a mother’s love, with every egg she cracked into the bowl she smiled beatifically at the opportunity granted her to bestow this gift on her offspring”....but i doubt the OP would go for that.

:lol:

Yeah, no that doesn't sound like me at all.  I mean, I used a packet mix and everything.

I have a theory that it may be the singing before you eat it. It brightens the spirits.  This is borne out by the fact that eating the same cake the next day is nowhere near as good.

It also ties in with my theory of life in general: Everything is better with music.

Now I'll freely admit that two people vigorously belting out an off key rendition of Happy Birthday to a person who looks like they'd like thr ground to open up and swallow them is really pushing its luck to be referred to as music, but anything in a pinch, right?

#17 ytt

Posted 20 March 2020 - 08:50 PM

I have a 21st cake in my oven right now and I think it is about done as the smell is sooooo devine :)

In saying that I don't eat cake.

I'm making a 6 layer vanilla naked cake with homemade strawberry compote butter cream :wub:

#18 #YKG

Posted 20 March 2020 - 10:04 PM

I do t like cake so it’s all not great to me

Ice cream cake though ooooh I’m down for that. Cadbury ice cream cake weirdly tastes better than normal tub ice cream. It’s more creamy

#19 BadCat

Posted 20 March 2020 - 10:31 PM

View Postytt, on 20 March 2020 - 08:50 PM, said:

I have a 21st cake in my oven right now and I think it is about done as the smell is sooooo devine :)

In saying that I don't eat cake.

I'm making a 6 layer vanilla naked cake with homemade strawberry compote butter cream :wub:

This was a 21st cake.  It was a packet mix chocolate cake. I made the icing because I make awesome icing.  Then it was supposed to have Kit Kats around the edge but I forgot and didn't make enough icing to do the sides so they wouldn't stick. But it did have m&ms on the top so there's that.

It's OK though.  My kids knows my baking skills are pretty much non-existent and my cake decorating ability belongs on cake fails. They don't care. As long as they get icing they're happy.

#20 ytt

Posted 20 March 2020 - 10:49 PM

View PostBadCat, on 20 March 2020 - 10:31 PM, said:

This was a 21st cake.  It was a packet mix chocolate cake. I made the icing because I make awesome icing.  Then it was supposed to have Kit Kats around the edge but I forgot and didn't make enough icing to do the sides so they wouldn't stick. But it did have m&ms on the top so there's that.

It's OK though.  My kids knows my baking skills are pretty much non-existent and my cake decorating ability belongs on cake fails. They don't care. As long as they get icing they're happy.

I love this and this is how I made my first cakes :)

I only ever do cakes for friends, I refuse to charge for any cakes, cookies or cupcakes I do - it's my happy place. I have a beautiful oven and kitchen that we renovated and I love to be in it.

If you want a cheap cake recipe ( cheaper than a packet mix) let me know. Also a great buttercream icing using 3 ingredients :)

#21 Froggilicious

Posted 21 March 2020 - 04:25 AM

View Postytt, on 20 March 2020 - 10:49 PM, said:



I love this and this is how I made my first cakes :)

I only ever do cakes for friends, I refuse to charge for any cakes, cookies or cupcakes I do - it's my happy place. I have a beautiful oven and kitchen that we renovated and I love to be in it.

If you want a cheap cake recipe ( cheaper than a packet mix) let me know. Also a great buttercream icing using 3 ingredients :)

Yes please.

#22 anatomicalheart

Posted 21 March 2020 - 10:16 AM

As a caker, I could suggest that it's because of the cake flour, good quality essences and extracts, the whole heaping lot of chocolate and sugar that go into them (I just finished a cake that had a kilo of chocolate alone in it)...

But really it's because birthday cake is the only cake that you wish on. The end.

#23 BadCat

Posted 21 March 2020 - 10:18 AM

View Postytt, on 20 March 2020 - 10:49 PM, said:

I love this and this is how I made my first cakes :)

I only ever do cakes for friends, I refuse to charge for any cakes, cookies or cupcakes I do - it's my happy place. I have a beautiful oven and kitchen that we renovated and I love to be in it.

If you want a cheap cake recipe ( cheaper than a packet mix) let me know. Also a great buttercream icing using 3 ingredients :)

I make icing by dumping a bunch of icing sugar, a load of butter and a smidge of milk in a bowl and mixing.  For choc icing I add cocoa.  I don't measure.  It's awesome and we all love it much more than we love cake.  Cake is a vehicle for allowing us to eat icing. :)

#24 kadoodle

Posted 21 March 2020 - 10:37 AM

View PostBadCat, on 21 March 2020 - 10:18 AM, said:



I make icing by dumping a bunch of icing sugar, a load of butter and a smidge of milk in a bowl and mixing.  For choc icing I add cocoa.  I don't measure.  It's awesome and we all love it much more than we love cake.  Cake is a vehicle for allowing us to eat icing. :)


Butter cream icing! My kids love this, is definitely cake as a reason to eat the icing.

#25 spr_maiden

Posted 21 March 2020 - 10:43 AM

View PostBadCat, on 20 March 2020 - 07:00 PM, said:



:lol:

Yeah, no that doesn't sound like me at all.  I mean, I used a packet mix and everything.

I have a theory that it may be the singing before you eat it. It brightens the spirits.  This is borne out by the fact that eating the same cake the next day is nowhere near as good.

It also ties in with my theory of life in general: Everything is better with music.

Now I'll freely admit that two people vigorously belting out an off key rendition of Happy Birthday to a person who looks like they'd like thr ground to open up and swallow them is really pushing its luck to be referred to as music, but anything in a pinch, right?

I think it's this!
Singing together releases oxytocin or endorphins or something, which promotes group harmony and feelings of togetherness. Mixed with cultural rituals that cement the feelings of belonging. Lastly, add in some smell memories being activated from icing/lollies/your fave flavour reaching into your hindbrain (if you've had positive past birthday cake experiences) and bam! Birthday cake is the best!

Ed. Phone typos as usual.

Edited by spr_maiden, 21 March 2020 - 10:44 AM.





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