Here are a few top tips for making a great birthday cake. Or at least, top tips on how to avoid creating a disaster which will embarrass your kids for years.
As far as birthday cakes are concerned, choosing or making one for a child can be enormous fun - there's almost no limit to the way in which they can be imaginatively decorated. For women it's also reasonably easy. But with men, there's often a problem.
When you stop to think about it, birthday cake candles are a strange concept. We spend ages as parents warning our children not to play with matches, not to go near candles or the electric fire, and that fire is very, very dangerous. Then we stick an open flame right in front of them, and slap bang in the middle of the food they're about to eat. So how did this tradition come about?