Mum's cute 'wish cake' hack lets daughter blow out birthday candles hygienically

Dragging yourself to the office when you don’t feel well, pressing buttons on public transport using anything other than your elbow and blowing out birthday candles could all easily be regulated to the past as ‘pre-Covid’ activities thanks to our heightened fear of spreading germs.

However, when it comes to birthday candles, one mum has come up with a clever solution for her daughter to have her cake and eat it too.

For little Liliana’s third birthday, Katie Best, of Farnham, Surrey, ordered a two tiered Frozen-themed cake.

Before the party, she had the idea to also ask the baker to make a mini, cupcake-sized version of the cake just for the birthday girl on which she could light a candle for her to blow out.

She called it her daughter’s ‘wish cake’.

Katie, a who runs cookie dough business Cookie Dough To Go, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘It really was a last minute thought that came to mind the day before her party.


‘We wanted Liliana to be able to blow out a candle and make a wish for her birthday, and we wanted everyone to enjoy her cake – so I messaged the lady who made the cake and asked if it was possible to make a little replica cake, a “wish cake”, so Liliana can blow out a candle.

‘She thought this was a lovely idea and did it for us. It was as simple as that.’

When the cakes arrived, Katie and her husband Nathan showed Liliana and explained that one was her main cake and the other one was for wishes.


Katie says: ‘She loved that idea and was really excited.

‘We didn’t explain about germs because we didn’t feel the need to as she has grown up knowing to use antibacterial gel on her hands, wash her hands etc., so it’s already second nature to her.’

Not only was the birthday girl a fan, but adults at Liliana’s birthday party seemed pretty relieved about the wish cake situation.

Katie, who also runs a graphic design business with Nathan, says: ‘[Liliana] loved it and still now talks about her “wish cake”. It was her little special cake.

‘It was a lovely surprise for everyone else too. I could almost hear a sigh of relief from the adults – no one said no to a piece!’

When asked if she’ll be doing it again for future birthdays, Katie says: ‘Definitely, it actually was a little bit of magic for her and now a tradition.’

She adds: ‘We won’t be over the top about germs, but certainly keeping some practices in place.

‘I’ve always been a bit squeemish about bowls of nuts and many hands etc., so will always take steps to ensure no double-dipping occurs at gatherings.

‘But of course I’m really looking forward to life resuming to some sort of normality.’

Katie shared this tip on the Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas, writing: ‘It looked adorable, and no germs were spread over her big cake which we were able to share with everyone.

‘Hope this idea inspires others.’ 

Katie’s post has earned 11,000 likes so far, and many commenters praised the hack, with one writing that ‘it’s a spectacular idea for keeping that peace of mind for people’ and ‘particularly useful for younger children (who tend to spit and splatter rather than blow)’.

Another wrote: ‘Very sensible and responsible, well done!’

However, not everyone was a fan of the idea.

One person wrote: ‘How sad is it that we’re living in a world where kiddos are worried about blowing out candles on there birthday cakes.’ [sic]

Another person wrote: ‘Sorry, but if people are afraid of my kids germs on their birthday cake, then they can just stay at home!’ [sic]

On the importance of being as hygienic as possible these days, Katie says: ‘With all the news reports and the terribly sad and difficult time so many have had to endure this past year, all we can do is take steps to be sensible and consider how our own actions could potentially affect those around us.’

She adds: ‘Deliberately blowing on to food seems outdated and unhygienic to me, and all we wanted to do was keep our friends and their children safe.’

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