Believe it or not, the cinnamon spice cake shown above was baked in December, 1911, and was abandoned in a closet in St. Louis Park before being discovered and presented as a gag gift. The cake’s current owner, Pierre Girard of Golden Valley, Minnesota, celebrated the dessert’s 100th birthday last week, stating:
“Usually, you throw a birthday party and bring a cake, but this party was for the cake”
The cake carried an inscription on the bottom that said “Xmas Cake Baked in Year 1911 by my Mother’s Brother Alex died December 27. Was operated on Xmas Day”.
Although the cake is petrified and the frosting has long since disintegrated, it still carries a faint smell of cinnamon and spice. Also, the writing on the decorative mints is still legible, saying “Purity” and “Extra English Mint”.
The oldest surviving cake in the world is a four-tier wedding cake baked in 1898 in Britain.
(via Daily Mail)