I found this idea [bringing your own birthday cake to work] rather odd and I’m twice the age of many here, have been in many cultures but apparently totally isolated since I’d never heard of such a thing. So I did what all bewildered people do, I googled the concept and found these. I am still bewildered and though I haven’t had a birthday cake in half a century anyway, I would not expect one NOR would I bake or bring one anywhere.
would you buy your own birthday cake?
myLot reputation of 90/100. clorissa123 (3779) 4 years ago
A co - worker of mine is his birthday today, we didn’t know, and we have no idea that is his birthday. Until he brought two cakes in. We ask him what is the occasion? He told us that is his birthday. We were surprised, and we get some candles and celebrate his birthday. Would you buy your own birthday cake, so people would celebrate with you? Is that your culture?
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No. 18 : Bring your own cake
Posted on April 2011
If you’ve spent any time in a Dutch office you are sure to quickly notice an abundance of confectionery goods. The larger the office, the more often cake will mysteriously appear around the coffee machine. The workings of a generous boss with a sweet tooth? Nope, it’s the endearing Dutch tradition of eating cake on your birthday, no matter what your age. Sounds normal enough, right? But the Dutch twist on this tradition is that you are expected to buy and bring your own cake to the party! And here you were thinking that birthdays were all about you! Guess again!
Bring your own birthday cake to work
One of Germany’s most excruciating social rituals is a work colleague’s birthday. He or she will invariably bring in their own cake. At a secret signal, you all have to get up and pick at it, try to force a chat and pretend that you are not at the most rubbish party in the world. After about ten minutes someone will mutter, “Well, I better get on…” and shuffle away, and the torture will be over. The half-cake left over will dry for the rest of the day as a symbol for the tragedy of modern life.
Bringing in cakes for your birthday: a gauntlet of judgement
xylopwn 69 replies 09:22 April 1st, 2010
The lady who’s birthday it is today has come in with Millie’s Cookies, ‘fresh’ danishes from M&S and a HOME MADE banoffee pie.
I mean, that’s incredible, right? Everyone likes her that little bit more now. Last week someone just brought in 6 mini rolls. There are 50 people on our floor. He’s gone down in our esteem.
Do you have this ritual at your work? What do you bring?