World’s oldest wedding cake made in 1898 even survived WWII!

February 14th, 2011 - 3:05 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 14 (ANI): A whole wedding cake is really the last thing that one should dare to preserve - even for posterity’s sake.

More so because the title of the world’s oldest complete wedding cake is already held by an ornately decorated confection, that is still intact after 113 years!

Made in 1898 during Queen Victoria’s reign, this cake is still in one piece despite a large crack in the icing caused by a Second World War bomb blast.

Once white, it has browned with age. But despite this, the rich fruit cake inside is said to be still moist, reports the Daily Mail.

The confectionery was originally on display in the window of a family bakery, in Basingstoke, Hampshire, which closed in 1964.

It had been moved to a loft, where it remained for almost a century, until the baker’s daughter donated it to the little known Willis Museum in BasingstokeMuseum curator Sue Tapliss said: “It has been stored in unfavourable environmental conditions, leading to the cake heating and causing the sugars to seep through to the icing, giving it a darker colour.

“The baker’s daughter, who was unmarried, donated the cake towards the end of her life due to fears someone might discover it in her attic and think she had been jilted at the altar.”

Tapliss hopes “that the cake can be enjoyed for a further 113 years.” (ANI)

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