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I got this late 70s/early 80s book from a charity shop a while ago. A lot of families in the UK had it when I was a kid I think. I got it out because I promised to make my friend a really ludicrous birthday cake from inside. The recipes are fine, various flavoured sponge cakes with buttercream icing (albeit with gratuitous Cadbury’s product placement in every recipe). It’s the choice of cake themes in the book that’s a bit odd …

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Just so you remember.

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A quick peek at the insides.

It’s all standard birthday cakes, like train, princess, spaceship etc, until you get to ..

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the WAR!!! cakes

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Giant mecha-soldier supervises the exercises.

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Sending in the robotic santas for the christmas eve offensive.

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Forcible farm collectivisation cake.

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It’s Easter time. Time for Frankenstein chicks, and eyeless zombie bunnies.

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Ooh, you were awful, but I did like you. (Mourning the tragic death below of his pregnant compadre)

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Roll up, roll up! Time to see the sharp-fanged clowns!

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Ideas for those many, many Scottish themed parties you have.

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For all your witch-burning parties too. (Admittedly I think it’s meant to be Bonfire Night, but a- we don’t celebrate Guy Fawlkes with decorated cakes, and b-it looks more like a witch).

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And finally, “Frogland”. Aka a bowl of lime jelly (jello to you trans-pond types) with frogs made of Creme Eggs with glacé cherry eyes, and evil icing mouths.