The Birthday Cake is a traditional part of birthday parties. It has been an integral part of the birthday tradition in Western cultures since the middle of the 19th century. The Greeks were some of the first to celebrate birthdays with cakes, however these were the birthdays for gods and goddesses. The celebration for the Greek moon god, Artemis included a cake topped with lit candles
The cake or sometimes a pastry or dessert, is served to a person on his or her birthday, and is often decorated with small novelty candles. The phrase "Happy Birthday started to occur on birthday cakes when the song "Happy Birthday To You" was popularized in the early 1900's.
With that said, here is a sampling of past Packer family birthday cakes, at least those in 2008, many made by Sharon. She is very talented, if I say so myself.
Apologies to those whose cakes aren't shown
THE PRINCESS CAKE--What can I say? Princesses get Princess cakes.
GRANDMA VOORHEES--83rd Birthday
RAND'S 5th Birthday--pretty amazing. It almost fell apart on the trip to Sartoga Springs
REBECCA--A Packer family favorite--White cake, cream cheese and raspberries We had a family birthday dinner for Rebecca and Spencer. Rebecca objects to the fact that she has to share her birthday with someone else. In her mind, March 2nd should be a national holiday.
SPENCER--Grandma Packer used to make cream cheese pies for family get-togethers. She would always make an additional one for Spencer and give it to him on the sly for him to eat at home. Bryan isn't very happy that this happened, and doesn't let us forget about it. He also got a Costco cake.
CALEB'S 2nd birthday--Really cool Elmo cake. Those 'sticks' of butter in the background are cake too. Caleb really loves butter.
THE RESTAURANT BIRTHDAY TREAT--Who doesn't enjoy going to your favorite restaurant on your birthday and being serenaded by 5 or 6 strangers who can't sing? At least you get a free dessert. At the Red Robin, you used to get the big dessert free, but now they give you a sundae. We had to pay for Nate's "Mile High Mud Pie". Caden and I ate the chocolate sundae. It was delicious.
AMBER--April 28th--Birthday cupcakes are always a hit, especially with the kids.
THE MOTHER OF ALL CAKES--When I was growing up, my mother always made us a "Mother's Chocolate Cake" for our birthdays. The frosting is the key to this cake. When done right, it is smooth and chocolaty and totally good. When not done right it has a grainy texture. Mom always got the frosting right on. Sharon hit a home run with the frosting. It was perfect!!