Some Parents Want To Get Rid Of Birthday Candles, But Not Everyone Is Having It

These days parents are so concerned about every little thing that even going to a birthday party becomes a three-ring circus.

Bring a snack, but make sure it’s nut-free. Don’t bother buying gifts, because we’ve packed everyone a gift bag so nobody feels left out. Things seem normal when the birthday boy’s parents bring out a cake, but then they don’t put in any birthday candles. What gives?

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It turns out more and more parents are skipping this tradition out of concern that it will make their kids sick. The assumption is that blowing out the candles spread germs all over the cake, and that’s not entirely wrong.

Earlier this year, the Journal of Food Research published a paper reporting that blowing out candles on a birthday cake increases the amount of bacteria on the frosting by 1,400 percent.

To avoid exposing their little darlings to germs, parents have been keeping candles off their cakes, or making individual birthday cupcakes instead. Inventor Michael Tropeano has has even created a sanitary cake and candle cover to keep germs off the baked goods.

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But doctors warn you should take the study with a grain of salt, and have their own suggestions for keeping kids safe from germs at birthday parties.

Did You Know You Can Make This Delicious Dessert In An Instant Pot?

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Have you ever made a cake like this before? This Slow Cook Spiced Carrot Cake is SO GOOD…and it’s all made in a nifty Instant Pot.

If you haven’t heard of these amazing gadgets, well let me be the first to tell you that they’re a lifesaver in the kitchen. They’re basically a slow cooker on steroids that cuts down cook times for dishes that would take hours to make. It’s a definite must have for your kitchen.

Buy one for your kitchen here.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg grated whole
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups carrot finely shredded
  • 1 cup Water

Frosting:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened, 1/3-less-fat
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. To make the cake: Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife.
  2. Coat an 8-inch round (thin-rimmed) cake pan with cooking spray. Line cake pan with parchment paper; coat parchment paper with cooking spray, and dust with 1 tablespoon of the flour.
  3. Combine raisins and a second tablespoon of the flour in a small bowl; toss well.
  4. Combine remaining flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.
  5. Combine oil, vanilla, and eggs in a small bowl; add to flour mixture, stirring until blended. Stir in carrot and raisins. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Remove inner pot from a 6-quart Instant Pot. Place steam rack in inner pot; fold handles under rack. Pour 1 cup water into pot, and place prepared pan on rack.
  7. Tear off a 10 1/2-inch-long piece of aluminum foil; lay foil on top of inner pot, gently smoothing it down the side of the pot. Trim pointed corners even with the rest of the foil, and tightly tuck it in under the rim.
  8. Cut 1 (1 1/4-inch-long) slit in foil about 1 inch from edge with a thin, sharp knife. Cut a second 1 1/4-inch-long slit parallel to and about 1 inch to the inside of the first. Repeat this procedure 3 times, creating 2 concentric slits in foil at intervals of 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. Set inner pot inside cooker.
  9. Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Turn the steam release handle to “Venting” position. Press [Slow Cook], and use [Adjust] to select “More” mode. Press [-] or [+] to choose 1 hour 30 minutes cook time. (Cook additional time, if necessary, until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.)
  10. Carefully remove lid from Instant Pot. Blot any water that has collected on top of foil with a towel. Carefully remove foil from inner pot, so as to keep condensation from dripping onto cake.
  11. Transfer pan to a wire rack. Lightly blot top of cake with a paper towel, if necessary, to remove any collected moisture. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
  12. To make the frosting: Beat cream cheese with a mixer at medium speed until smooth; add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth. Garnish slices of cake with frosting.

Recipe Credit: Instant Pot by Time Inc.

Little Debbie May Be Getting Rid Of One Of These Classic Snack Cakes, And We’re Freaking Out

What’s your favorite little Debbie snack cake? From Swiss Rolls to Chocolate Cupcakes, Honey Buns and Zebra Cakes, I think we can all say we enjoy one of these delicious treats from time to time.

Christmas Tree Cakes may have just been released for the holiday season, but that is not what has fans of Little Debbie buzzing.

“First Christmas Tree Cake of the season! @LittleDebbie#ChristmasIsComing,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Big lots you came through for me this year…first round of #Christmastreecakes! @LittleDebbie,” another tweeted.

Little Debbie tweeted a photo of four of their classic treats, including Christmas Tree Cakes, Nutty Buddy, Oatmeal Creme Pies and Honey Buns saying that “One Gotta Go Forever…” asking it’s fans to choose one for the chopping block.

So which one did everyone choose?

Bride’s Homemade Cake Destroyed On Route To Her Wedding, But A Stranger Stepped In To Make It Right

When you are getting ready for your wedding day, you tend to plan every detail. You know who will be in charge of flowers, who is transporting the clothes, and what times everything needs to be everywhere. However, things don’t always go as planned.

For Millie Maltby, she thought that her wedding would be less complicated because she was planning to do a lot of it herself. She loved baking and decided to make her own cake, but that was how everything went wrong.

Millie Maltby

Maltby did an amazing job on her three tiered cake. It had different flavors on each tier and was decorated beautifully. The problem was that the temperature inside the car was warmer than the couple expected, so on the drive to the wedding location the cake melted.

“We were quite cautious to drive carefully,” Maltby said. “However, when we arrived and opened the cake box, it appeared that the hot weather caused the buttercream to melt and the cake just gave up.”

Millie Maltby

“I was a very calm bride and it didn’t seem to matter as I was marrying the man of my dreams and everything else seemed so insignificant,” Maltby said, but she said that her future husband didn’t take it as well. “Matt, on the other hand, was heartbroken. He felt awful, as I had taken so long to bake and decorate the cake and I had been taunting him about how yummy the cake was going to be.”

Unsure of what they were going to do, it was actually a complete stranger who stepped in to save the day…

Have You Ever Had Cakes Like These Before?

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These cakes are almost too cute to eat! Mini Bundt Pan Pumpkin Cakes are so adorable for the fall season. They’re perfect for Thanksgiving, Halloween, or any kind of get-together with family or friends. What’s great about this recipe is that you don’t need any special cake carving skills to make them look like pumpkins…the bundt pans do all of the hard work for you!

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix + ingredients required on the box
  • 1/2 cup orange candy melts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate candy melts
  • 1/2 cup white frosting
  • 3 pretzel sticks
  • Assorted sprinkles
  • Mini bundt pan to make 6 cakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare mini bundt pan with a generous coating of nonstick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk or beat together the cake mix, plus the ingredients required on the box. Divide evenly between the mini bundt pan.
  3. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean or with a few crumbs.
  4. Remove from oven, then let sit in pan about 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Once cooled completely, slice off any excess from the bottom of each cake to ensure they are flat.
  6. To assemble, flip a cake over cut side-up on a flat surface, then finish the “pumpkin” by placing a cake cut side-down on top. Try your best to line up the design of the bundt ridges.
  7. For the candy melt coating, melt the orange and chocolate candy melts in two separate bowls according to package directions, stirring until smooth. In a separate bowl, melt the white frosting 15-30 seconds in the microwave, or until smooth and more liquidy.
  8. Drizzle each assembled “pumpkin” with a separate color, allowing to drip down the sides. Sprinkle quickly with desired sprinkles, then place a pretzel stick in the center as the “stem.”
  9. Allow to set, about 15-30 minutes. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Cake Will Feed Your Entire Halloween Party

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This cake is sooooo good! It may look like a giant pumpkin, but it tastes like moist, delicious carrot cake with cream cheese icing…yum! Everyone is guaranteed to love this and it will be gobbled up before you know it!

  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 can pure pumpkin
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 4 package cream cheese
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Orange and green gel or paste food color
  • 1 flat-bottom wafer ice cream cone
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a bundt pan and dust with flour.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  3. In another bowl mix together the eggs, oil, sugars, pumpkin, milk and vanilla.
  4. Add your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix. Once totally mixed add the carrots and walnuts.
  5. Pour the cake batter into your bundt pan and bake for 55-60 minutes. Let cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  6. Repeat this process again so that you have a second cake.
  7. Once both cakes have cooled it’s time to make the icing. Beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat for 3 minutes.
  8. Cut each cake in half horizontally. Spread 3/4 cup frosting on the bottom half of each and sandwich the tops.
  9. Put 1/2 cup of frosting in a bowl and add green food coloring.
  10. Add orange food coloring to the remaining frosting.
  11. Place one cake, rounded side down, onto a serving platter or large plate. Spread 1/2 cup of orange frosting on the top and sandwich with the remaining cake, rounded side up.
  12. Next, frost the entire cake with orange frosting and set in fridge for 15 minutes.
  13. Cover your ice cream cone in green frosting. When you’re ready to serve the cake add the green frosted cone to the center of the cake.

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11 Painfully Honest Cakes That You Don’t Want But Probably Earned

From birthdays to anniversaries to funerals, cake is one of the most common deserts to mark an occasion and to celebrate every milestone.

However, as seen in the past, a cake made with the best of intentions could end up with a less than satisfying reaction from the recipient it was intended for.  

The account @PrimeTimeTags asked people to share the funniest cakes they’ve seen with the tag #HonestCakeMessages. As expected, internet users failed to disappoint.

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Share this list if you known anyone who deserves an honest cake message!