My brother-in-law, Trevor, recently celebrated his 60th birthday with family, friends, and of course, cake!
With Trevor claiming Irish and Viking ancestry, his party was a huge celebration with guests dressing up in Irish outfits and traditional Norwegian skirts. Many Viking helmets were also adorning the heads of party guests.
Carol, my sister, did a great job of keeping the cake and many other details a surprise for months beforehand. Trevor guessed that something was happening when all of his children and grandchildren arrived, but he had no idea of just what was in store for his birthday celebration!
One of my nephews collected the cake and took care of transport up to North Queensland. Although Carol and I had added horns to the cake design without a second thought, my nephew told me that real Vikings didn’t actually have horns on their helmets! This came as a bit of a surprise to me, so I decided to do a bit of research on the subject. It appears he was right, even though I’m obviously not the only one to associate horns with Viking helmets!
If you’re interested in learning more about the myth of the horned Viking helmet, the following links have some good information to give you an overview or kick-start your research:
But for now, let’s get back to the cake:
This blue and silver Viking helmet, made from fruit cake and crowning a 10″ round, fondant-covered fruit cake was one of the surprises at Trevor’s party. Horned or not, I’m told that Trevor loved his cake, had a great celebration and was left speechless by the efforts of his family and friends in planning, dressing up and helping him to celebrate this milestone birthday. I learned something new along the way and maybe you have too!
Happy birthday, Trevor!