A Story About a Cake

For some reason, I remember a story I read as a child.  I found the story in an old book at my library.  The book was so old, the pages were  yellow and weak.  There were few pictures; and they were just black and white sketches.

Anyway, here is the story. 

A girl and her school friends always past a bakery on the way home from school. There was a glass display full of lovely things like pies and cookies.  But the best thing of all was the lovely tiered cake covered in frosting roses, swirls, and intricate details.  

The girl and her friends were always hungry after school and would sometimes stop in the bakery and buy something small to eat.  They asked the owner of the bakery about the cake.  They knew they didn't have money for it.  But they were so curious about it and really wanted to try a cake as lovely as that one.

To their surprise, one day after school, the owner of the bakery told the kids they could have the cake!  They were astonished!  But before the owner changed her mind, the girl and her friends received the cake and carried it to the girls home.  

They were wondering the whole time what kind of cake was inside.  Maybe chocolate, spice, or vanilla.  Anyway, it didn't really matter.  They were too excited.  But there was a problem.

The knife they were using the cut the cake would not cut the cake!  The frosting had dried and sat so long, it was hard as could be.  They pushed and sawed and jabbed at the cake.  Nothing.  Finally...boom!  The knife forced violently through the cake.  The second cut was now easier to make.  And as they pulled the section away, they realized the cake was hollow!  It was only a cardboard display.

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