"[…] cakes, burned charcoal-black, were heaped on salvers […]'"

These burnt cakes were one of the foods served at Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's five-hundredth Deathday Party.[1] They were burnt, as most of the other food at this feast was spoiled, as ghosts are almost able to taste spoiled food by wafting through it.[2]


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