Century-Old Fruit Cake Found in Antarctic Hut

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11 August, 2017

Conservators with the Antarctic Heritage Trust recently found a 106-year-old fruit cake in Cape Adare in Antarctica.

Imagine yourself stuck in Antarctica.

It may not be flashy, but the dessert can survive in just about any environment - and it can last a century, if that's what you need.

This very old fruitcake also smells nearly edible.

No, we are not talking about Narnia.

So how would a 100-year-old, well-preserved fruitcake taste?

Yes, you read it right!

The extreme cold climate may have helped in preservation of the fruitcake.

If you're well-versed with how Christians cook, you'd already know that they leave a slice of the Christmas cake every year to let it mature, and then use it in the cake mix next year!

According to experts, the cupcake was part of the provisions of the Northern party of the expedition, "Terra Nova", the members of which lived at Cape Adair.

Lizzie Meek, programme manager for the New Zealand-based trust, said: 'With just two weeks to go on the conservation of the Cape Adare artifacts, finding such a perfectly preserved fruitcake in amongst the last handful of unidentified and severely corroded tins was quite a surprise. And though its paper had begun to deteriorate, the cake itself looked "like new" and rather tasty.

After being treated the cake, along with all artefacts found, will be returned to the site.


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