Whether you’re preparing a cake for a sailor celebrating his individual birthday or the traditional honoring of the official U.S. Navy birthday, there are a plethora of options available when looking to pick the cake's theme. The U.S. Navy, like the other military services, is rich in history, tradition and symbolism. Combine that with the various cake décor techniques available today and you’ll have more trouble deciding what to do than figuring out how to do it.
The Navy’s traditional colors of blue and gold make for a symbolic color palette for a themed birthday cake. Blue illustrates the ocean and seas. Gold shows integrity, valor and honor. Follow a traditional route and pipe blue frosting around the image of a gold anchor. Think you want to do something more abstract and modern? Cover a cake in white fondant. Cut out circles from blue and gold tinted fondant and place randomly around the round or sheet cake. Sing “Anchors Aweigh” or the U.S. Naval Academy’s “Navy Blue and Gold” fight song while presenting it.
Few songs are as recognizable to sailors as “Anchors Aweigh.” Mix up a batch of black frosting and use a writing frosting tip to pipe the lyrics on the top of a sheet cake. Use the traditional blue and gold colors as accents. Use this idea for any meaningful sailor words, like the “Sailor’s Creed” or other old sea sayings.
The USS Constitution was among the first six frigates Congress ordered to be constructed in 1794 following the ratification of the Constitution of the United States. Because it is still a commissioned U.S. Navy ship – the last of the original six and the world’s oldest warship – a cake carrying the Constitution theme would be both historic and symbolic. Consider downloading an image of the USS Constitution from the ship’s official website (history.navy.mil/ussconstitution) and printing it on edible paper that can be applied directly to flat top or side of a cake. Use this technique with other iconic naval or U.S. military images like an anchor, American flag, “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, ship crest or other unit paraphernalia unique to the birthday celebrant.
Cutting the Cake
Whether it’s an official U.S. Navy birthday celebration, or a party to honor a sailor's birthday, consider employing military traditions when cutting the cake. Typically, at a military cake cutting event, the most senior and junior service member in attendance will cut the cake together. That tradition is meant to illustrate that despite the rank difference, all military men and women are part of the same team. At your party, consider using the oldest and youngest or tallest and shortest attendees to cut the cake. Make it fun and unique, and like the military, make it a tradition.
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