Make A Wish

September 12th, 2011

Make A Wish - Behind The Awkwardness

“Even a 4 year-old knows there’s no “winging it” with birthday candles. This is my brother’s birthday. My mom had obviously forgotten the candles and had instead snapped Christmas taper candles in half.”

(submitted by Denise)

68 Responses to “Make A Wish”

  1. Joe says:

    I’ve never had anyone make a birthday cake for me. I would be very happy to have had that one.

  2. jay says:

    holy floured pan batman

  3. Monica says:

    I have a picture like this!! my parents had either forgotten to buy candles or had lost them so they ended up using giant christmas candles, my mom told me they were “troll candles” hahaha

  4. Debbie2008 says:

    OMG! THANK YOU to the kid, the mom who baked the cake, the photographer, the person who posted this picture & all the commentors. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long, long, long time.

  5. Anthony O'Neill says:

    And check out the really fancy cake!! No expense spared there!!!

    • Christine says:

      I know! The cake looks aweful! Look at the pink icing on the inside of the tray. Seriously, I would not have given that poor boy the cake and the ridiculous candles! He is traumetized. I will give credit that she did something but come on …

      • Laina says:

        No no no no no, thats not pink icing. That’s the flour that’s supposed to make it not stick 😛 (Cocoa powder works better for chocolate things.)

  6. Anthony O'Neill says:

    It looks like 4 dynamite sticks

  7. Queen says:

    That kid is totally saying WTF?

  8. Jill says:

    Damn my grandma would have MADE somebody go out and buy new birthday candles. That’s how she rolls.

  9. jenfig says:

    My mom kept a coolwhip tub full of previously used birthday candles. My favorite was when they still had a few crums and icing from the last cake stuck to them.The possability of food poisoning added a sence of danger and excitement to each and every birthday. After all this could be your last.

  10. Sarah Best says:

    He’s thinking, ”Could this be revenge? Maybe I shouldn’t have left my rollerskates on the stairs.”

  11. Stephen says:

    Birthday cake brought to you by Acme…SO GOOD!

  12. AndrewT says:

    With apologies to Emily Dickinson:

    “My candles burn at both ends
    They will not last the night
    Yet Ah my friends, and Oh my foes,
    See how bright the light!!

  13. Jade says:

    Not only did this poor little guy have “after thought” candles, it looks like he has a Christmastime birthday. (Notice the Santa sitting on the fireplace hearth in the background?)

    My sister’s birthday is in December and she used to hate getting birthday presents in Christmas wrap.

  14. buffy says:

    Those closely resemble the candles on Sandra Lee’s oh-so-infamous Semi Ho-Made Kwaanzaa Cake.

  15. Dazaster says:

    He’s thinking “I’m gonna need a LOT more air to blow these babies out!”

  16. Jan says:

    We always leave the cake in the pan. Easier to store that way.

    • NannaLee says:

      and don’t forget the crisco…lots, and lots of crisco…easy to remove in one piece from the glass pan….

    • Huge says:

      No point in serving up on a plate, it just makes more washing. At least he could just drop his face in it without doing Mum’s effort any injustice.

    • Catherine says:

      You also save frosting because you do not have to frost the sides And…you only dirty one pan and ZERO platters. It can also be covered over with saran wrap and not even touch the top frosting. Not that I am advocating ever doing this to any kid, I just understand the momonomics of it all. This kid is obviously in the dog house.

  17. Kelly says:

    When I was 13, I made a birthday cake for my Mother but we didn’t have birthday candles…or enough of them, so I used a big fat emergency candle, smack in the middle! LOL This guy looks a bit shocked…haha

  18. krispin says:

    My 21st birthday “candle” was a BBQ lighter someone was holding over the cake as they all sang to me.

  19. Lizzie says:

    I’m not gonna lie, at first glance they looked like Hannukah candles. Poor mom, I have a feeling she did the best she could with that cake!

  20. binkymae says:

    Let’s see, what should I wish….what the heck is going on with these candles?….oh yeah, I need to make a wish….they are huge!….wish, wish, I need to come up with a wish….why are they red?…Oh forget it, I wish I had my name on this cake and some pretty little candles!

  21. leelee0474 says:


    The next time you make a cake, please do not use so much flour on the sides as it gets all over my kitchen. Remove the cake from the pan and put on a regulation rectangle cake plate. I have candles, we do not have cake candles-so please supply your own. Whatever you do, please do not break big candles into smaller ones.

    • Kellye says:

      I love it!! Marney should have been called upon to begin with!

      • Jfishmag says:

        The “regulation casserole” lady couldn’t handle this photo for one second! She would cancel the event and send everyone who was to attend a bill for her trouble!

  22. steph says:

    I don’t think that’s crisco…..I think she lined the cake pan with foil. regardless, this one is priceless.

  23. April says:

    the comments are great!! That IS a lot of flour though!

  24. Terri says:

    How sad!! Poor kid

  25. Kat says:


  26. Pauline says:

    my first impression was, its the Titanic,

    and maybe its a slice that has to stay in the tray lol,

  27. Jesse says:

    The cake looks like something she came up with at the last possible minute too.

  28. eko says:

    “I don’t need no stinking candles!”
    🙂 Gads, I think of my having forgotten the dern candles for my kids (who came up w/that any how?! ). I also am guilty of not serving the cake on a nice platter…

  29. Joyce says:

    Wow, did Mom grease and flour that cake pan or what?

  30. CFitzRN says:

    But at least that cake will slide right out of that pan…

  31. AmyAmy says:

    Are those candles? or sticks of dynamite??

  32. Amy says:

    I love how the cake is still in it’s baking pan too! lol

    • JBee says:

      That’s how I always eat cake, and I don’t know anybody who does it differently. How are you going to store it if you take it out of the pan?

  33. kelly says:

    i don’t know what’s worse, the candles, the cake,or the excessive amount of crisco!!

  34. Mary says:

    Those are *not* regulation sized birthday candles. – Marney

  35. Sam says:

    That just means the wish can be bigger, too, right?

  36. MaryMary says:

    Who hasn’t been there, on BOTH sides of the equation?

  37. Evelyn says:

    My family has a similar photo of my younger brother with his birthday cake with a huge candle in the middle of it. I’ll bet this happens more than we think!

  38. Graziela says:

    Been there, done that! 😉

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