Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease 2 round pans, 9 x 1 1/2 inches, dust with flour.
Mix flour, salt, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
Mix oil, vinegar and vanilla. Stir oil mixture and water into flour mixture real hard until well blended. About 1 minute.
Immediately pour batter into pans, dividing evenly.
Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes.
Remove from pans. Fill and frost cake as directed on frosting tub. Arrange candies as "balloons" on top of cake, use licorice to make balloon strings
Adapted From The Alpha Bakery Children's Cookbook. This is a cookbook for children with recipes from a-z published by General Mills/Betty Crocker in 1991.
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