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Light Up Your Life

Light Up Your Life

How easily we say, "have you bought the candles?" but seldom do we give a thought to the origins of this simple source of light and celebration.  A group of candles around or even on our Fudge Picasso Cake would create the perfect atmosphere for celebrating with your very significant other – birthday or anniversary or just simply because we need a bit of light in our lives!

It is impressive to learn that candles, in some form or another, have been in existence for over 5 000 years.  Early Egyptians made rushlights or torches by soaking the core of reeds in fat, but ancient Romans are credited with developing candles with a wick.  However, several other civilisations were also independently inventing their own 'wicked' candles – not wick-ed, as in Halloween witches (on that note have you bought your treats for the spooky occasion?). The wax came from bees, other insects or tree nuts.  Animal fat was also used, and various fruits were boiled down for wax.  Wicks evolved from papyrus, rice paper and twisted or plaited cotton – so inventive wouldn’t you agree?

We've also evolved and specifically designed our Celebration Creations, beautiful candles and cake toppers to help you put a sparkle into your next special occasion.  Pop into a nearby Château Gâteaux store to see the deliciousness we have on offer OR order your cakes and accessories online! Cake convenience has never tasted this good!

During the thousands of years of candle use, history has shown that beeswax candles were generally reserved for religious ceremonies or wealthy families as they were too expensive for daily use in the home.  Beeswax burns cleanly and has no smell, whilst the less expensive tallow candles were somewhat smelly and smokey.  Candles have developed through various types of wax over millennia, arriving at our current paraffin and stearic acid formula. We're going to skip the details, you'll be pleased to hear, but want to make sure you know that we can supply you with beautiful clean-burning candles to light up your bambino's birthday cake.

As far back as 520 AD, there was such a thing as a candle clock, which helped tell the passage of time.  A Chinese poet described this fascinating application where six uniform candles were marked in one-inch sections.  Each candle took four hours to burn in units of twenty minutes (all six candles took twenty-four hours).  Very convenient when the sun failed to come out in ancient times.  We think it's time for you to take a well-earned coffee break and team it up with a slice from the 4 Cheesecake Variety Pack, which we know you have hidden in your freezer.



In ages gone by, candles were a significant source of light, either as an individual in a holder or grouped in a stunning chandelier.  Candlewax was used to seal private letters or as a seal of official approval.

But, enter the electric light bulb, and things changed dramatically for the humble candle.  Instead of lighting the way, the candle now glows softly during a romantic dinner or adds significantly to a celebration.  A scented candle can soothe the senses and small candles on a birthday cake confirm just how old you actually are - you have our permission to leave off a few candles here Cake Lover, we won’t tell if you don’t! A group of big round candles creates a beautiful outdoor ambience for your evening drinks, and could you ever imagine a wedding without candles? 

And what on earth would we do without candles and a slice of blissful B-1 during load shedding?? 

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