Birthday Cake Candles, all types and styles for all cake occasions. Numerals, champagne bottles, footballs plus many many more.
Origin of Cake Candles:
In the 18th century children’s birthday parties called Kinderfesten became popular. It seems that the custom was to light one candle for each year of the child’s life, plus extras in hopes of a long life to come. Candles may have been chosen to symbolize the “light of life” or due to the superstitious belief that they warded off evil spirits.
The earliest recorded use of candles on cakes is the ancient Greek practice of baking cakes for Artemis, goddess of the moon, the hunt, and chastity. The round cakes represented the moon, with candles adding light.
In the United States celebrating birthdays did not become widespread until the 19th century. Incidentally by the end of that century ingredients had become cheap enough — thanks to the industrial revolution — that the masses could afford birthday cakes.