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Connie Vandermay/FOCUS This year's traditional Vandermay "mystery" birthday cake.

Column: The tradition of the mystery cake

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"So the cones are the nails? And the cupcakes must be... fingers?"

That was the comment from my nine-year-old son last weekend as he checked out his brother and sister's birthday cake for the first time.

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He was thinking too hard, of course. The cones were in fact just cones and the cupcakes represented scoops of ice cream.

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