'Tis the season to be jolly!
We all have different family traditions that are lovingly passed on from one generation to the next. However, when it comes to weird traditions, this Michigan family takes the cake....literally! Julie Ruttinger's family has a tradition of passing down a family heirloom to younger generations. What is weird in this you ask? Well, their family treasure happens to be a cake baked in 1878!
The 141-year-old fruitcake was baked by Fidelia Ford in 1878, who had a tradition of aging the cake for a year before baking it. She would bake her special cake for the holiday season. Her cake was preserved to honour her talent and skills. Ford's family considered her baking skills as a legacy.
Julie Ruttinger, the great great granddaughter of Fidelia Ford told AP, “It’s a great thing, it was tradition. It’s a legacy".
The unique heirloom was in the possession of Ruttinger's father Morgan Ford, who was the great-grandson of Fidelia Ford. Morgan stored the antique and what we can assume to be a previously delicious cake in a glass dish in his Tecumseh home where it sits till date.
This has to be the oldest cake in the world right? Turns out...NO! The Guinness World Records for the oldest cake in history goes to a 4,176-year-old cake that was found in an Egyptian tomb.
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