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The birthday cake is one of the most important parts of party planning. We often feature new ways to inject creativity into those tasty treats from rainbow cakes to cake doodling. But why not look to the past for inspiration? That is exactly what Virginie did for her son Leo's birthday cake.

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Virginie found inspiration from this Baker's Coconut Animal Cut-Up Cakes Booklet produced in 1959. The end result is adorably imaginative and a unique surprise for your guests... who else will have a cake like this? We love it.

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Great job, Virginie, and what a lucky Leo!

(Images: Virginie, Kitsch & Curious)