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Birthday fun: The whirling, twirling cake topper

August 13, 2011 |  8:00 am

Candle1 (1 of 1) Months ago, my friend Antonia who worked at L.A. Eyeworks at the time brought over a cake topper for another friend’s birthday cake. We lighted it in the dark, outside on the deck, and wow! It shot out some sparkler action, then the plastic petals opened into a lotus flower with a lighted baby candle at the tip of each petal. The flower spun and shimmied, all the while emitting the song “Happy Birthday to You” to the great delight of everyone there.

The cake toppers are back in stock at L.A. Eyeworks and so I bought one (should have bought a case) this weekend for a birthday party. And it still has the same mesmerizing effect: Everyone bursts into giggles at the surprise of the merry, twirling candles. Some twirl less than others, though, for mysterious reasons.

If you want to light one up for an occasion other than a birthday, it's easy to disable the song by clipping a tiny wire. Just pay attention to the instructions: Don’t light the flower candle near something that could catch fire. Keep well away from children. Enjoy.

Happy Birthday Flower Candle, $8, in several colors. Available at L.A. Eyeworks, 7386 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 931-7795; Laeyeworks.com. Or online at HappyBirthdayCandle.com.

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-- S. Irene Virbila

Twitter.com/sirenevirbila

Photo: Happy Birthday Flower Candle. Credit: S. Irene Virbila

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