Everyone seems to have their own special birthday traditions, but cake of some form seems to be a staple in every home and family. Personally I’m a pie girl, but the same quirks still stand whether the candles are placed in a strawberry rhubarb with a flaky crust or a double chocolate with buttercream.
After the candles are extinguished* is a great time to learn the personalities of everyone at the party. I may or may not be basing these on personal experience.
The First Piecer. There is always the person who repeatedly announces the birthday girl/boy gets the first piece. Over and over they say it, as if someone else eating it will bring doom and gloom upon the world.
The Insider. Only known for cake eaters, this is the person who thinks the outside of the cake is somehow inferior to the inside and will linger around until the perfect edgeless slice becomes available.
The Ice Creamer. This person really only wants the ice cream so they wait until they see a small piece and then make sure it’s heaped over with ice cream. They usually don’t finish the cake.
The Frosting Scraper. Common things said by this person are, "Oh it’s too much sugar!" and "I just can’t take the sweet." And while there isn’t a crumb left on the plate, there is a giant blob of frosting on the side.
The Ugly Piecer. The host of the party inevitably offers to take that one piece that doesn’t look picture perfect. Maybe the frosting slid or the filling fell out. "It all tastes the same" she announces while watching everyone dig into the gorgeous baked good — except the person who is eating just ice cream.
The "Just a Sliver." This person doesn’t really want to eat all those calories, so they proclaim they just want a sliver of the bakery confection and oftentimes offers to cut it themselves using knife skills of a ninja to carve a piece so thin you can see through it.
The Maybe Just One More. This person is usually a followup of the "Just a Sliver" who decides maybe birthday cake is worth eating because, hey, it’s bad luck not to eat someone’s birthday cake, so why not have a little more? It’s a holiday and it’s always, always worth it.
*Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, I’m guessing the authorities aren’t recommending candles in birthday celebration baked goods, should the birthday person spread their germs over every piece. Although there are a lot of people wondering why we ever thought as a society it was a good idea to let someone spit all over dessert before it was served to people they love.