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A Reminder Of What Cakes Looked Like Before Baking Shows Ruined Our Expectations Forever

After looking at these cakes, I'm even more impressed with The Great British Bake Off participants.

Posted on September 27, 2021, at 2:13 p.m. ET

Paris  Hilton blowing out the candles on a birthday cake
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Paris Hilton's birthday cake during her birthday party at the GQ Lounge in Los Angeles

Carmen Electra blowing out the candles on a birthday cake
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Actor Carmen Electra blows out the candles on her birthday cake at the Tangier Club on April 20, 2002, in Los Angeles.

Michael Jordan dunking a basketball on his 33rd birthday cake
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Michael Jordan "dunks" a cake basketball as he celebrates his 33rd birthday on Feb. 12, 1996, at Michael Jordan's Restaurant in Chicago.

Bill Clinton cutting his birthday cake on air force one
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Then-president Bill Clinton cuts his birthday cake given to him by the crew aboard Air Force One on his way to a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on Aug. 19, 1993.

Hugh Heffner and a playmate's photos printed onto a birthday cake
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A cake shows the faces of publisher Hugh Hefner and Playboy model Tiffany Holiday during her birthday party at Koi restaurant on Sept. 12, 2002, in Beverly Hills, California.

George Bush on stage with two women in front of him holding a birthday cake
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Then–Texas governor George W. Bush is presented with a birthday cake on July 6, 1999.

Margaret Thatcher looking at a cake with american and british flags
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Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher looks at her birthday cake in Washington, Oct. 23, 1995.

Prince Charles blowing out candles on a cake with an enormous green bow
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To mark his 43rd birthday, Prince Charles is presented with a birthday cake at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow in 1991.

Duchess of York holding a cake shaped like a newspaper that's on fire
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Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, receives a cake for her 40th birthday at the Dummer Cricket Centre.

The Clinton family standing around a giant American flag cake
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President Bill Clinton stands behind a cake on Aug. 19, 1996, in New York City.

Ronald Reagan blows out a two-tier birthday cake
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Former president Ronald Reagan blows out the candles on his 82nd birthday cake at his Los Angeles office, Feb. 5, 1993.

Tina Turner blows out a birthday cake that reads happy birthday tina
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Tina Turner blows out the candles on her birthday cake after a concert in Dortmund, on Nov. 26, 1996.

Prince Philip, in a tuxedo, stands behind a cake shaped like a globe
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Prince Philip stands at a Royal Gala dinner celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on March 13, 1996, in New York City.

Nelson Mandela blows candles on his birthday cake surrounded by smiling people
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Nelson Mandela blows candles on a cake for his 72nd birthday, the first he has celebrated as a free man since 1960, on July 18, 1990.

Diddy and Angie Harmon pose by a silver birthday cake
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Sean "Puffy" Combs and actor Angie Harmon pose together before a giant cake during his birthday party in New York City, Nov. 4, 1998.

Matthew Perry poses by a giant sheet cake that reads Happy Birthday Matthew
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Matthew Perry gets a surprise birthday cake from RJ Helton of American Idol during an appearance on TRL to promote his new movie Serving Sara at the MTV Studios in New York City.

Avril Lavigne blows out her birthday cake candles surrounded by fans taking pictures
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Avril Lavigne blows out her birthday cake candles during her 18th birthday party.

Jerry Lewis holds a knife jokingly in the air over a big cake that reads Happy birthday Jerry in french and english
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Knife-wielding comedian Jerry Lewis and wife Sam sit in front of a huge cake at his 69th birthday party at Planet Hollywood restaurant.

Phyllis Diller surrounded with birthday ephemera and the cake
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Actor Phyllis Diller poses for a portrait with her 79th birthday cake which reads "Happy Birthday from the National Enquirer" on July 17, 1996, in Los Angeles.

Marla Maples and Tiffany Trump blow out birthday candles on a cake shaped like a boat
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With the help of her mother, actor Marla Maples, Tiffany Trump blows out the candles on her Titanic-themed cake during her fifth birthday party at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, Oct. 13, 1998.

George Bush, right, eats a slice of cake in a room full of smiling people in suits
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President George W. Bush eats a slice of cake as he pays a visit to his vice president, Dick Cheney.

Hank Aaron blows out candles on his birthday in a tuxedo
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Baseball legend Hank Aaron blows out candles on his birthday cake in Atlanta during a salute to Aaron's 65th birthday and 25th anniversary of the home run he hit breaking Babe Ruth's career record of 714.

Two men eating bites out of cake shaped like a wall
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Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert (left) and New York Gov. George Pataki eat a piece of chocolate mousse cake carved out of a replica of the Western Wall in Jerusalem during a celebration of the 3,000th birthday of the city of Jerusalem held in New York City.

Fredo Starr in a blue jacket in front of a cake with strawberries and writing
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Rapper Fredro Starr (aka Fred Lee Scruggs Jr.) of the rap group Onyx celebrates his 25th birthday with a cake at the offices of Def Jam Records on April 12, 1996, in New York City.

Rodney Dangerfield next to a cake with a model of himself in a Hawaiian shirt
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Rodney Dangerfield and his 82nd birthday cake during Comedy Central's first annual Commie Awards in 2003.


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