Conventional cakes decorated with flowers and the words "Happy Birthday!" Have long been a thing of the past. Today they look like real works of art, where there are absolutely any plots. The fantasy of pastry chefs knows no bounds. But traditionally, the most refined culinary masterpiece and a simple homemade cake decorate candles; this is an integral attribute of the holiday, especially for children. There are a large number of various varieties of candles that you have to figure out.
History of tradition
Fire has always played a big role in human life. With his help, from ancient times, they tried to attract the gods. A candle appeared when a person finally tamed the flame. Celebrating a birthday with a cake has come to us since ancient times. Even the Romans, gathering for the holiday, treated everyone to sweet pastries. But who invented putting candles on the cake, and then, making a wish, blow them out? No one knows for sure where this custom came from, but everyone is sure that it is beautiful and original.
This moment awaits the birthday man or the protagonist of the holiday, especially the children. And then with sincere joy and delight they blow on the flames of the flame so that the desire will come true. It was believed that on his birthday next to the man is his guardian angel. And if the birthday boy is up to something on this day, he must blow out the light and everything will come true.
Candles on a cake can be present both at a birthday, and at a wedding, at any opening of an institution, at christening and other holidays
Types and Features
Consider a variety of candles on the cake for various events that are presented in stores today.
- Classic. These candles can be bought at almost any store or supermarket. Their design is very simple, they differ only in color. Made from food grade paraffin. On the cake they are placed in the amount of how old the birthday or a memorable date is. Classic candles are the cheapest, about 50 rubles. for packing. Suitable for all categories of birthday people.
- "Lotus flower". An unusual beautiful invention of Chinese dreamers. Presented in the form of a pink, red or white lotus flower, in the center of which there is a sparkling candle-fireworks, as well as small candles on each of the petals. While the fireworks are on (lasts a minute), a melody sounds. Sold assembled. The construction is easy to operate, just open the sealed candle, insert it into the cake and set it on fire. First, it’s better to light small candles on the petals, then the main one in the center of the flower. Saving on such candles is not worth it. It is better to buy more expensive, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises at the holiday. A cheap one may not open up or not catch fire at all.
Be sure to use the instructions and do not leave children alone when lighting the "lotus flower". A very beautiful and spectacular moment for the holiday. The price can vary from 50 to 400 rubles. depending on the manufacturer and quality.
- With a colored flame. Very original and magical. When you look at such candles, it seems that you are in a fairy tale. The secret is that each wick is saturated with a special chemical solution and each burns with its own color of flame. Such products can be bought from 100 rubles. for 5 pcs. After their combustion, it is recommended to ventilate the room.
Not extinguishing. These candles do not particularly differ in appearance from ordinary candles for the cake. But no matter how you try to blow them out, you won’t succeed. They are non-inflated. A special chemical element has been added to their composition, which makes the wick light up when blowing. In this case, only water can help. Usually these candles are purchased for the drawing of older children and adults. Price - from 150 rubles. for 10 pcs.
Edible. Candles are not very popular. Perhaps due to the high price. Such a pleasure is worth more than 600 rubles. for 5 pcs., made of chocolate or mastic. These are ordinary sweets with a wick inside. Their choice is small. Such candles are especially suitable for a cake without frills, with a flat top.
- In the form of numbers. These candles are also made of wax. There can be a variety of colors and shades. Blowing them off is easy, even if you have to put 3 pcs. The price of one candle ranges from 50 to 100 rubles. It all depends on the size.
"The cold fountain." The most popular cake fireworks. They are used to decorate not only at the birthday party, but also at weddings or grand ceremonies. These candles represent, when ignited, a radiant stream of silver or multi-colored sparks half a meter high. Such an ornament looks very stylish and spectacular, it is safe indoors, you can hold it in your hands and not get burned, but you need to keep the fountain strictly upright. Typically, such candles are sold in 4 pieces. packaged. This is enough for a standard cake size. It is placed with the help of a plastic peaks-legs. It is ignited using matches or a lighter.
Burns less than a minute. But this is enough to enjoy the spectacle and take a photo for memory.
In the form of letters. A multifunctional version of candles. You can arrange phrases with congratulations, wishes, names. The price is low, for one letter - from 20 rubles.
At the peaks. A very large selection of such candles with a rich color scheme - white, black, golden, silver. They are also all kinds of figures. It can be cars, balls, animals, cartoon characters. Price from 30 rub. per pc
New Year's. These candles in the form of Santa Claus or a Christmas tree will decorate not only the cake, but the whole table, create a festive atmosphere, a sense of coziness and warmth. Prices - from 200 p. You can buy it on New Year's Eve in any gift shop.
"La moore." If you want to organize a pleasant evening for your loved one and it is pleasant to surprise him, make an offer of a hand and a heart, or simply congratulate you on Valentine's Day, then these bright red candles in the form of hearts are just for you. They are slightly aromatic, which makes the atmosphere more romantic. Bake a heart-shaped cake, arrange hearts and the surprise is ready. Your other half will long remember such an unforgettable moment. Such a set of candles costs from 100 rubles. for 6 pcs. You can buy at any gift shop.
Thin. If you want to impress your guests with sophisticated originality, then these candles are for you. Ultrathin long candles of different colors will make your cake a masterpiece of cooking. In a set - 24 pcs. 15 cm long. They look very gentle, do not create soot. Only food colors are used. Candles are sold without supports, but they are already conveniently placed on the cake.
"Zigzag". Very unusual candles. If you are tired of direct specimens, then these more original ones wriggle like little snakes. Includes 10 pcs. different color. Made of natural stearin, do not give carbon deposits.
How to choose?
There is no limit to the imagination of our manufacturers. Candles for cake are in demand among consumers, and the manufacturer is trying to please with novelties for every taste. On the shelves you can find electronic candles coated with gold, transformer candles, stars, self-extending, children’s with funny little dolls. There are all new options.
When choosing, you only need to focus on your own preferences, the theme of the holiday and the price.
An overview of the musical candle "Lotus" see below.