Today I want to talk about birthdays. A few of you have asked me why I only focus on birthday cakes, instead of doing cakes for all occasions. This is because birthdays have always been special to me.
I grew up in an environment where my parents worked really hard to raise both my brother and I. Because they worked in the evenings, it meant that we would be at home pretty much all the time. Growing up, I would go to school in the day and when I came home, my parents would already be at work.
You may think that going out for dinner is a normal thing to do, but my parents worked hard six days a week, meaning they'd always prefer resting on their days off. We rarely went out for dinner. But birthdays are different, especially my mum's and my birthday. Because our birthdays are just one day apart, our family would celebrate it together. It's probably one of the only times we would go out for dinner in a year. It's been a tradition in our family to go out to have dinner at a restaurant, then ending the evening with a birthday cake.
My parents always had to work during other occasions, such as my Dad's birthday, Mother's Day and Father's Day, so my mum's and my birthday were the only time we would eat out at a restaurant as a family. I really enjoy eating out as a family, because it only happened once a year for me. After the meal, we would always have dessert to finish off the night - a birthday cake! When I was younger, we would buy a birthday cake from the shops. But as I've gotten older, I've started to bake our birthday cake at home.
We would celebrate my brother's and dad's birthdays as well, but in a very casual way at home. I was bought up recognising birthdays as an important day to be celebrated with our loved ones. Gratefully, my parents work less now and they do enjoy having a meal out every now and then! But even so, birthdays in our family are still very special to me - because we've been celebrating it for as long as I could remember.
A birthday for some people may be 'just another day', but for me, it's always going to be a special day. And that's the reason why I focus on birthday cakes - because birthdays are special and should be celebrated with those who matter the most to us. If you have a loved one's birthday coming up soon, make sure you celebrate with them and make it extra special! :)