Verjaardags Taarten - The celebration of the day that a mother gives birth to her child is usually marked by holding a party in that person's honour. Birthday parties usually consist, age depending, of various party games, perhaps going to the cinema, interacting with your group of friends and family and indeed, munching on birthday cake. The blowing out of the candles are considered the highlight of a birthday. It is at this point that the child (or indeed adult) makes a birthday wish. This tradition as a whole is said to bring good luck to the recipient and overall, is a fun activity for a birthday. This is not for all birthdays of course; this type of birthday party is most enjoyed by kids. They wholeheartedly believe in wishes and love the fun they have with all their friends. Getting to eat mountains of sugary sweeties and cake is just an added bonus to all the gifts that they receive too.
The cutting of the cake is also a significant point in the birthday, and this is usually carried out with the assistance of an adult if it is a child's birthday. The cake is also accompanied by the singing of the "happy birthday to you" song. Whether embarrassing or not, here you cannot escape this part of your birthday. The lights dim, every one goes quite then when the cake comes in, the whole room bursts into song, wishing the recipient well.
For young children's parties, the cakes are often either decorated on made entirely along a certain theme. Whilst boys may like a pirate themed party, with a desert island cake, or perhaps a foot ball party with a football cake. Girls may prefer a princess party with a pink castle cake, or maybe a sleeping beauty story, with a complicated cottage for a cake, with little dwarf cake toppers for added detail. Almost anything can be used, and should be tailored to the taste of the recipient. Even if the recipient is older, it's both thoughtful and funny to find out what they are interested in and perhaps purchase or indeed bake a novelty cake along that theme.
You also need to consider the kind of cake. Perhaps for a teenage girls, a large chocolate cake. Girls, no matter what age all love chocolate. It's not often they will have an airtight excuse to gorge themselves on chocolate cake guilt free, but a birthday party, is one of those few times. Girls of all ages will appreciate a chocolate cake. Perhaps a sponge cake is more suited to what you need. If you are baking a themed cake with a somewhat complicated structure, a sponge cake with several layers may be the answer to allow you to get the base you require.