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[[caption-width-right:300:The not so subtle approach.]]

The stereotypical way to smuggle escape tools into a prison is by hiding them in a cake and giving them to the prisoner. Most often a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_(tool) file]] is hidden in the cake.

A common parody is for the nature of the cake to be plainly obvious, such as having the file visibly sticking out of the cake or being simply a saw with frosting on top or for a prisoner to get disappointed that the cake is just a cake.

Not to be confused with {{Jailbait}}, which may facilitate the need for a Jail Bake if you're not careful.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Subverted in a commercial for painkillers: An elderly inmate's wife comes in for a visit with a basket full of goodies, one of which is a pie. She nods significantly at him and he nods back. Later, he opens the basket, rummages through the pie... and finds some painkillers, which he then uses to alleviate the pain of sawing through the bars with a file.
* Exploited in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aS4GWV5Cpo Canadian Heritage Minute]] wherein political dissident Étienne Parent conceals his newspaper editorials in a pie plate, underneath the pie. While the British guard, GenreSavvy or just awake to the absurdity of a prisoner sending baked goods ''out'' of jail, immediately looks under the pie and sticks his fingers in the filling, the courier slips the paper into his pocket.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In the Polish comic ''The Adventures of Ionek, Ionka and Blot'', Blot is accused of this when he enters a prison disguised as an old lady. Subverted as the prisoner he was supposed to be visiting is just an excuse to get in.
* Often happens in ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke''. In one story, it's the cake itself that's been baked so hard it serves as a file.
* Spoofed in a [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] story by Creator/DonRosa. TheBeagleBoys visit their grandfather in prison, to celebrate the birthday of their gang. They bring a huge elaborate cake, of which not much was left after the security removed all sort of tools hidden inside. Including a flamethrower.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure''. Not in a cake, but in a footlong hot dog. Nice try, Pee-Wee.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Film/TheNakedGun 33 1/3''.
* ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheThreeStooges'' used a sandwich.
* In the 2005 remake of ''TheLongestYard'', Caretaker receives Megget's spikes (and implicitly all of the other items he procures for other inmates) in this manner.
* In Creator/BusterKeaton's ''Film/SteamboatBillJr.'' the title character attempts to smuggle tools to his jailed father in a loaf of bread.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Justin Hammer sends Ivan Vanko a dinner... with plastic explosives, so Vanko can fake his death.
* ''Film/MenInBlack 3'' has an alien symbiont (nicknamed "Weasel" in the Blu-ray disc commentary) creature smuggled inside a cake.

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[[folder: Jokes ]]

* There's an old joke that goes:
-->'''Mom:''' I couldn't find that file you asked for, so I baked in some nail clippers and a pumice stone instead!
-->'''Prisoner:''' [[SarcasmMode Thanks, Mom.]]

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', Winston, after being imprisoned, thinks that the Brotherhood might send him a razor blade hidden in his food, not to escape but to kill himself with. It doesn't happen.
* Creator/AlexandreDumas ''père'' uses it in ''Twenty Years After'', the sequel to ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', to free the Duke of Beaufort. Causes a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment Of Funny]] when the Duke invites his warden to dinner, describes 'hypothetically' what was in the bake and how he got it, produces the items for the break out and concludes with "Your guard actually works for me. I just found out too".
* MarkTwain parodies this (and possibly other early uses) in ''HuckleberryFinn'', where this is a part of Tom Sawyer's RuleOfCool plan to free Jim.
* Creator/TomHolt inverts this in ''Literature/FallingSideways'': Someone hides a cake in a file. As in, a file folder. It was entirely for the sake of the pun.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] by Nanny Ogg in one of her postcards home in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'':
-->Well here's a thing yore ole Mum doin Time in prison again, Im a old lag, youll have to send me a cake with a phial in it...

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''PushingDaisies'', Olive bakes a gun into a pie for Ned. For protection. The outline of the gun (and individual bullets) are clearly visible through the crust.
* Spoofed in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' when a very nervous Quark shows up with a ''hasperat'' souffle to give to some prisoners; the guard digs around it as Quark squirms leading everyone to expect the discovery of a technobabble-esque file, [[KansasCityShuffle but it's a distraction while someone else uses a hypospray on him]], causing him to pass out face-first in the souffle.
-->'''Quark''': [[EndangeredSouffle Now you've ruined it.]]
* Spoofed in ''Series/{{Fresno}}'', when a guard inspected pudding for such things, and a woman just gave her husband tools directly while the guard wasn't looking.
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' has a case where the cake was magically conjured by accident.
* A ''KidsInTheHall'' skit made use of this trope, and adds dramatic tension with the guard asking if he can have a piece, while the prisoner sweats, hoping the guard's knife doesn't touch the saw. Of course the tension is then [[OverlyLongGag taken to ridiculous heights]] with the guard eating most of the cake without finding the saw, leaving an obvious saw-shaped piece of the middle of the cake. The guard looks full and is about to give the cake to the prisoner, but then he decides to have one more piece... * clink*
* In an episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' where Mike is on trial for [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds destroying several planets]], Crow and Servo bake a torte for him. It basically has a plug-in Sawzall much larger than the torte itself on top of it. Crow thinks the illusion is nearly complete and that it just needs "a little more almond paste around the motor housing". Gypsy, however, is fooled.
* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Jailhouse Job", the team sends Nate a kielbasa with an earpiece hidden inside it. Another prisoner sees him tear apart the kielbasa and stick something into his ear and is suitably grossed out.
* The earpiece smuggled into prison was also used in'' TheLoneGunmen'', but Yves smuggled Jimmy the earpiece in a bag of Cheetoes.
* In ''KenanAndKel'', Kel tries to get Kenan out of prison with a [[RefugeInAudacity VERY obvious]] [[http://youtu.be/49WAmkDAQeQ?t=3m10s saw in a cake.]]
* ''TheCommish'': Tony (the eponymous Commish) has been jailed for Contempt of Court by a judge he suspects is on the take. He moves his office down to the cells and conducts business as usual. His wife comes by to check up on him and gives him a cake. She baked a file into it as a joke.
* One episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'' had a lawyer use this to break her client out of jail, with a twist: The guards were GenreSavvy enough to destroy the cake to look for tools, then petty enough to eat it in front of the prisoner rather than give it to him. Then they discovered that the cake was drugged, allowing the lawyer to take the keys off the sleeping guards and let her client out.
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'': the Penguin's lackeys break him out of prison by baking a cake. The guard states that the police know about the metal file trick and the prison guards have orders to use a metal detector on all packages. The metal detector sets off an electromagnet that stuns the guard. The lackeys praise the Penguin's plan of using the regulations to his advantage.
* ''ElChapulinColorado'' did it once with a woman placing a gun inside the cake for his husband on prison. A doctor comes later with an X-Ray machine and shows that the [[EpicFail husband ate the whole cake, GUN INCLUDED]].
* On an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Reese and other kids become part of a "scared straight" program where they visit a jail and get yelled at by a prisoner. Reese snarkily suggests that he should have someone smuggle some mouthwash in a cake because he has bad breath.
* On ''Series/GilligansIsland'', Mr. Howell is in a jail cell (long story) and Mrs. Howell brings him a cake. Gilligan, the one who's guarding Mr. Howell, asks for a piece and just happens to take the piece with the file in it, leading Mrs. Howell to be arrested by Gilligan as well.
* On ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', Bo, Luke, Roscoe and Boss Hogg are in jail. On visitors day, Lulu tries to smuggle tools to Boss hidden in a large sub sandwich.
* In ''Series/{{Psych}}'', after Gus accidentally tampers with a crime scene, Shawn promises to bring him a cake with a gun in it.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'' TV series, Diego de la Vega is once arrested by Sergeant Garcia (because of a bad joke from an old friend of Diego). Bernado tries bringing him a file inside a large sausage, but the subterfuge doesn't resist Garcia's appetite. The Sergeant just glare at Bernardo and let him go, though.
* In a ''Creator/DaveAllen'' sketch, some jail prisoners receive a package that contains a cake, and assume it must contain something to help them escape. Their exitement ends quickly when they discover the cake is so hard, they can't even cut it. In frustration, one of them throws the cake at the wall - which collapses.
* One episode of ''Series/GoodEats'' has [[EvilTwin B.A.]] ask his brother Alton for a cake with "a little something special inside", clearly expecting this trope. Alton, naturally, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint misses the point]], thinking B.A. wants cream filling or the like.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* From {{Eminem}}'s single "We Made You":
--> "Can you blame me? You're my Amy, I'm your Blake. Matter fact, make me a birthday cake with a saw blade in it to make my jailbreak."
* Referenced in the JohnnyCash song "I Got Stripes":
-->On a Monday my momma came to see me\\
On a Tuesday they caught me with a file\\
On a Wednesday I'm down in solitary\\
On a Thursday they said feed him bread and water for a while.
* From "I'll Be Hanged (If They're Gonna Hang Me):"
--> So I wrote out to my sweetheart on the prairie,\\
I asked her if she'd help me make a break,\\
She sent a cake and put inside a hammer,\\
She forgot to send an axe to break the cake.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* A recurring gag in ''TheWizardOfId'' involves the Spook's mother attempting to send him a cake with a file in it (or, in one strip, a crosscut saw).
* Another newspaper comic had the prisoner [[FacePalm facepalming]] when he receives a filing cabinet with a cake inside.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland''. You need to get a file in order to steal a MacGuffin. It's in a piece of carrot cake a prisoner has. He gives it to you because he doesn't like carrot cake.
** [[FridgeLogic His Aunt Tillie must not have actually wanted him to bust out of jail...]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', Flint is locked up in prison at one point, so his son Claus sneaks him a nail file disguised in...an apple. Close enough.
* Spoofed in ''[[RatchetAndClank Secret Agent Clank]]'': The "cake" is nothing but a gun with a few candles on top.
* in the flash game ''Escaping The Prison'', the prisoner starts by recieving a cake and the player can choose which items are inside it. A file ''is'' one of the options, but so are a teleporter and a rocket launcher.
* One side mission in {{Scribblenauts Unlimited}} has you doing this to bust one of Maxwell's brothers out of prison.
* In ''VideoGame/BrinkOfConsciousnessDorianGraySyndrome'', after you find a hacksaw inside a chocolate cake in the dining room of the villain's mansion, he comments over the loudspeaker system that it's "just like in jail."

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[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* In the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon ''[[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Strong_Bad_is_in_Jail_Cartoon Strong Bad is in Jail]]'', Strong Mad baked a cake with a ''jackhammer'' in it for Strong Bad and The Cheat.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Used by the Beagle Boys in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. Mrs. Beakly can't really pull it off, though.
** In ''Super [=DuckTales=]'', when Scrooge gets arrested and thrown into jail, Mrs. Beakley smuggles in a grenade in a cake so that he can blow up the walls and get out. It...doesn't go to plan, and Huey, Dewey and Louie have to call on Gizmo Duck to break him out.
** One particularly amusing variation has the ''cake itself'' be the tool. It contains nothing but actual cake, but the cake gives one of the Beagle Boys a case of the hiccups so bad his brothers are able to ''use him as a jackhammer'' to dig out.
** Another amusing example is when Ma Beagle sends them a box of bombs disguised as donuts. Burger, the BigEater of the group, thinks they ''are'' donuts, and eats one, [[FireBreathingDiner with rather unpleasant results.]] (And even when they realize what they are, [[TooDumbToLive he asks for another later.]] Fortunately, they keep him from eating any more, and use them to escape.)
* A ''HouseOfMouse'' cartoon has Mickey ask Goofy to do this after Mickey is locked in jail. The guard notices; and he and Goofy end up having a long discussion on how this wouldn't really work and what tools should have been used, ending with the guard concluding that the easiest way to escape would be to knock him out. The guard then proceeds to do so to himself.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Phantom Limb sends his regards to King Gorilla by baking a "Tarzan" into a cake.
* This trope is subverted in the {{Hanna-Barbera}} cartoon ''The Good, the Bad and HuckleberryHound'', when one of the Dalton Brothers is in jail and another one of the Daltons in a PaperThinDisguise comes to bring him a cake. Huck is GenreSavvy enough to expect this trope and carefully inspects the cake, but can't find anything suspicious about it. As it turns out, the cake was just a distraction, and while Huck was busy trying to find a file that wasn't there, the disguised Dalton went over to the imprisoned one and just handed him a file through the bars.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', where a criminal on a literal PlanetOfHats is given a file that has a cake inside, which he uses to incapacitate the guard.
** In another episode (Adopt-A-Con), Darkwing is thrown in Jail (Again), and Gos comes by with a cake..that has a chainsaw in it. It then keeps going, getting more random each time.
* Subverted in ''CatDog'': A bunch of immates receive a file, but Shriek uses it on her fingernails and then uses said fingernails to pick the lock.
* In ''Film/OliveTheOtherReindeer'', Martini the penguin says that this was one of his jobs at the zoo.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. When Valmont and some of his henchmen intentionally get themselves locked up to get access to the inside of a prison to unlock a hidden demon gate, Valmont tore apart at a cake delivered to the prison hoping for some means of escape, only to get apprehended by guards for his behavior. The cake was for the warden. But another package discreetly opened by his henchmen contained the Pan Ku Box used to open the demon gate.
* At the end of an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', Johnny gives the trio (who have been ''trapped in cement'' as retribution for a hoax they pulled) a cake with a hammer in it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime", the boys visit an imprisoned Cartman with a cake with a file in it. Turns out he's not allowed to bring food back to his cell.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' episode "Changeling," Shane has to infiltrate a prison. Zach jokes that if he isn't out in the allotted time-frame, the rest of the team will send a hacksaw inside a cake.
* ''TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' episode "Super Koopa" has Toad bring a birthday cake, containing a "?" Block, to Mario and Luigi after Bowser throws them in the Bastille.
** On ''TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', Toad (disguised as a French waiter aboard King Koopa's steamboat to try and rescue the Princess) not only baked a nail file into a cake, but a hacksaw, a power drill, and a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brace_and_bit brace]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill as well]].
* On ''TheLooneyTunesShow'', Porky brings an incarcerated Daffy a cake. Daffy instantly tears it apart looking for the file, and screams at Porky for not putting one in... within earshot of the guard.
* Played with on an episode of ''{{Squidbillies}}'' where Rusty tries to break his grandpa out of prison with cake shaped like a hacksaw that reads "Prison is tough, hope you can hack it", turns out there's a gun baked into it. Turns out, the gun isn't used and instead the cake is stuffed in Sheriff's face and causes and allergic reaction in Sheriff because he's allergic to gluten.
* ''BeanyAndCecil'' - jailbird Dishonest John gets a tool-filled birthday cake from his Mom - unfortunately for him, he guard who brings it forces DJ to eat the whole thing while he watches.
* In ''{{Futurama}}: The Beast With A Billion Backs'', when the Professor and Wernstrom are locked up, Leela smuggles them a cake which is actually the Professor's smellascope disguised as a cake.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', Taotie extorts his son, Bian Zao's help in escaping Chorh-Gom prison in exchange for some "father-son" time. Bian Zao and Po bake a whole series of cakes, and with each one, Bian Zao sneaks in pieces of the Iron Claws of Doom for Taotie to reconstruct. When Bian Zao stops himself from making the final delivery out of guilt, Po does it for him, unaware of Taotie's plan.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode Who Framed Jimmy Neutron. Jimmy, in jail, tries to tell Sheen to bring him escape tools indirectly by telling Sheen to bring a book they read in class named "Drills, Hacksaws, and Shovels." Sheen shows up with a cake, and Carl pops out. When asked by Jimmy where the tools are, Sheen produces a book named "Book of Drills, Hacksaws, and Shovels." Carl and Sheen are then jailed with Jimmy for trying to break Jimmy out.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* This [[http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/food/2011/06/the-file-inside-the-cake-true-tales-of-prison-escapes/: article]] over on the Smithsonian's blog details some real cases from the 19th and early 20th century on actual attempts to break inmates out of prison by sending them tools baked inside of cakes and pies.
* In an odd case of the cake itself being a tool, during WorldWarTwo the OSS developed a type of plastique that could be disguised as cake. It was even edible. Particularly devious LaResistance operatives would bake the wiring into the bread and leave it on a target's doorstep, [[ParanoiaFuel so that it would be set off when a metal knife cut into it.]] But really, [[PennyArcade why would you eat a found cake]]?
* One criminal who earned a nickname due to a trick like this was Connecticut resident Frederick Merrill, a violent career criminal with a record that dates back to the 60's. One of his many escapes from jail involved his mother smuggling a gun to him in a jar of homemade peanut butter, giving him the nickname "The Peanut Butter Bandit".
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acre_Prison_break Acre Prison break]] involved the Irgun smuggling explosives into the prison. One of the people involved recounted a guard stabbing the top of a jam container all the way to the explosive layer and asking what was that on his blade. An inside man [[RefugeInAudacity explained that sometimes jam gets lumpy, even tasting a bit of the substance as proof]].

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