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Basic Trope: An item needed to escape from Prison is concealed inside of a cake, a loaf of bread, etc.

  • Straight: Alice goes to see Bob in prison. She brings a cake that has a hacksaw concealed inside of it, which he later uses to escape.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice sends her hacksaw cake to Bob in the mail.
    • Alice bakes cakes with hacksaws for all the inmates.
  • Downplayed: Alice bakes a bobby pin into a cupcake, so Bob can use it to pick locks.
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  • Justified: Alice wants to help Bob escape, but knows she can't give him the appropriate Noodle Implements openly.
  • Inverted: Bob sends Alice a cake with a Sinister Shiv inside from prison, either because (for whatever reason(s)) she needs one, or as a threat to her.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice brings Bob a cake, but there's nothing inside except, well, cake and a buttercream/chocolate ganache/jam/etc. filling.
    • The guards confiscate the cake.
    • Alice brings nothing with her. Bob remarks, "I Was Told There Would Be Cake"
    • Bob receives a cake in the mail from Alice, but it's just cake.
    • Bob receives a card with a picture of a piece of birthday cake on it for his birthday.
    • Alice mails herself in the cake, to pop out for a conjugal visit.
    • Alice brings a cake to the prison, but it's for Bob's cellmate, Charlie.
  • Double Subverted:
    • She has the hacksaw concealed in her purse, her clothing, Hammerspace, etc., which she then gives to Bob.
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    • Alice gives him a pocketknife from her purse.
    • Alice slips him a little bag or envelope with a cake decal on it.
    • But a few days later, he receives a book in the mail that turns out to be a Book Safe containing a hacksaw.
    • The card contains a veiled message or a map that will help him escape.
    • After she pops out of the cake and has sex with Bob, Alice helps him to escape.
    • Charlie uses the hacksaw inside to get himself and Bob out.
  • Parodied:
    • The cake has an obvious hacksaw sticking out of it, and the guards don't even bat an eye!
    • Bob injures himself on the cake.
    • The guards confiscate the cake to enjoy for themselves in the breakroom, and use the hacksaw they've pulled out to cut the cake.
    • Bob pulls out a string of scarves, a deck of cards, and a live rabbit before pulling out the hacksaw.
    • Alice winds up jailed herself for bringing the cake.
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    • Alice brings a fully-assembled wedding cake, complete with Cake Toppers. No one blinks.
    • Alice runs a bakery, or visits one on the way to see Bob, that specializes in these sort of cakes.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Alice doesn't bring anything with her to the prison or mail him anything out of the ordinary.
    • Alice doesn't visit Bob in prison, and doesn't send him anything in the mail, either.
    • Bob isn't in prison.
  • Enforced: "Alice is Bob's best friend, so it would be unusual if she didn't do anything to help him break out."
  • Lampshaded: "Hi, Honey! I brought you something that should cheer you up!"
  • Invoked: Bob is in prison, and Alice wants to help him get out.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice knows that the cake will be confiscated, and that doing this could get her in trouble, so she doesn't send Bob a cake with a hacksaw.
    • The prison or jail doesn't allow inmates to receive gifts. If they do, all gifts are passed through radiographic inspection.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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