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Birthday cake
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Birthday cake

A birthday cake in Western culture is a pastry or dessert served to a person on his or her birthday, usually decorated with the person's name and/or a message of congratulations. It is often decorated with candles, one for each year the person has been alive.

Tradition holds that the person with the birthday can make a wish, which will come true if all the candles can be blown out in one breath. Another tradition is to smear out the name of the person for good luck before slicing the cake for serving.

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