A simple, yet effective hack that allows you to blow out the candles on a birthday cake without spreading germs across the frosting – allowing all those celebrating a new year during the pandemic to still enjoy the much-loved tradition.
The clip, which was posted by Washington-based user Utulei Rachel Manu, details an incredibly easy trick for protecting a birthday cake – keeping the plastic casing on it while you blow out the candles.
In her video, which was captioned ‘birthday life hack’, Utulei shows a birthday carrot cake being served up in its original plastic container – which the candles have been cleverly stuck onto.
And if you thought that the process of sticking the candles onto the top of the plastic lid might take some special skills, think again.
Utulei explains in the clip that you simply have to burn the bottom of each candle so that it melts slightly, then you can stick it onto the plastic using the liquid wax.
‘And you’re good to go!’
‘Never thought about that [but] that’s genius,’ one person wrote, while another chimed in: ‘Genius, so I’m not eating anybody’s spit!’
Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, it was revealed that blowing the candles out on a birthday cake can increase the amount of bacteria on its frosting by a staggering 1,400 per cent.
As part of an experiment, a research team at Clemson University put frosting on a piece of foil atop a cake-shaped Styrofoam wheel, which they stuck candles in.
Before blowing out the candles, they all ate pizza, to ‘simulate a birthday party,’ and ‘help the salivary glands get going.’
They then lit the candles and blew them out.
To count bacteria, the team diluted the frosting with sterilized water and then spread it out on agar plates for the bacteria to grow.
The team of researchers found that there was a lot of bacteria, but more surprisingly, that each blow resulted in different types of bacteria.
On average, blowing out the candles caused the frosting to grow 14 times as much bacteria.
However, in one case, it was increased by more than 120 times, suggesting certain people transfer more bacteria than others.
Make a wish…