The reason you should never put 56 candles on a small cake (it's on a salad plate).

Place Setting with cake on table              Al reading Birthday card

Close up of Cake                                                        56 candles lit

Melted icing on cake

Yes it set the smoke alarm off and melted the top of the cake.  No it did not burn the hair off Al's head - it was already gone.  After the shock we had a good laugh.  LOL