Thursday, 3 March 2011

The oldest ... Wedding Cake!

This is the world's oldest wedding cake (Pic:Solent)

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.

Made in March 1898, this is the oldest complete wedding cake!

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.

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