THE UK's embassy in ­Washington issued an apology after Twitter users complained about it posting a picture of a cake decorated with sparklers baked to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the White House being burned down by British troops.

An image of the cake was posted on the Embassy's Twitter feed with the caption: "Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time!"

But the embassy was forced to apologise after comments on the website claimed it was in poor taste.

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The Embassy said: "Apologies for earlier Tweet."