Our birthday celebrations have changed a bit since Covid-19. It used to be the norm to poke candles into the birthday cake and let the birthday person blow all over the cake. Now, thinking about it, that is a bit gross.
The whole birthday cake now has the birthday persons germs all over every single piece of it. Unless one is willing to wipe off the top layer of frosting (WHAT!), they are now taking in those germs. Of course, over the years, most people do not get sick from this endevor. Perhaps that is because most people are not sick on their birthday or maybe it is just luck.
Regardless of our past ways, my family is taking on a new way of wish making. We admire the cake and then cut it into pieces, putting a candle or candles onto the birthday persons slice. The birthday person then can blow to their hearts content all over their own slice while the other pieces are safe from the breeze. Not that we are worried about anything in our own household, but one never knows, and it does seem to be a more sanitary way of doing things.
So, if after things are back to a somewhat normal way of life, and I am invited to a birthday party where the guest of honor blows all over the whole cake, I think I will politely pass. If I’m really feeling the urge for a piece, I can always go home and make a cupcake after the party. I’m not wiping the frosting off.
As always, Stay Safe!