The icing’s gone brown and there’s a big crack in the side, but this wedding cake is in pretty good nick – considering it was baked 113 years ago.
It was originally on display in the window of a family bakery, in Basingstoke, Hants. When the shop closed in 1964, the cake was stored in the family’s loft for almost a century, until it was donated to the town’s Willis Museum.
Some curious facts:
In 1974, scientists concluded that canned food found on a steamboat which sank in 1865 was still edible. And in 1938 a 100-year-old tin of veal was fed to a cat, with no ill effects.