A man from Golden Valley in the USA has laid claim to owning a 102 year old fruit cake!
Given to him as a quirky present by his friends, apparently the specimen is a ‘Victorian Spice Cake’ which, according to the box states that it was a Christmas cake baked in 1911. They found the box when sorting through some items in a house clearance and were taken aback when they saw the date. They opened the box and were amazed to find the full cake inside in pristine condition, although by today’s standards it certainly has a peculiar look. Nobody has cut a slice so the ingredients are still unknown. Whether it remains edible and if so whether it tastes good are up for debate.
The precise origin of the cake is unknown, however a note on the box mentions a family member dying in 1911 so it is believed the cake was kept for reasons of sentimentality.
The current owner of the cake, Pierre Girard, intends to keep the cake as it now has a personal sentimental value to him – both of the close friends who gave him the item have since died, so it serves as a warm reminder of friends passed.
Just like today, in Victorian times fruit cakes would be soaked in rum and preserved, being saved for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and remembrances. We know that fruit cakes develop more flavour as they mature, which is why we specialise in providing matured cakes to our customers, but we can’t help wondering how it tastes after 102 years! Perhaps we should bake one for our future generations to enjoy in a few centuries’ time!
As you can see in the video, this particular fruit cake looks rather peculiar and judging by the account of Mr Girard, it’s definitely gone a little dry; he says one day it fell of its stand and hit his piano. Which do you think came off worse, the cake or the piano? Yep, that’s right, the cake actually chipped the piano and was totally unscathed in the accident!
Do you know of any ancient fruit cakes? We’d love to hear about it if so.
To hear more about Mr Girard’s cake, check out the video on this page.