Fruitcake is known to stay fresh for an inordinate amount of time.
But Antarctic conservators say they recently came upon a specimen that tests the limits of the treat: a 106-year-old cake, found in one of Antarctica’s first buildings.
This particular cake is believed to have been brought over in 1910 during the Terra Nova expedition of Robert Falcon Scott. According to the Antarctic Heritage Trust, “it has been documented that Scott took this particular brand of cake with him at that time.”
The Huntley & Palmers fruitcake was wrapped in paper and housed in a tin-plated iron alloy tin, which is showing signs of deterioration. However, the cake itself is “well-preserved,” the conservators say.
Antarctica fruitcake: 106-year-old dessert 'left by Capt Scott'
Ice-covered Antarctica is one of Earth’s most hostile natural environments.
But a new find by the Antarctic Heritage Trust suggests it’s no match for a 106-year-old British fruitcake.
Conservators found the elderly cake on Cape Adare, and believe it belonged to British explorer Robert Falcon Scott - known as Scott of the Antarctic.
Although the tin was rusted, the team said the cake was in “excellent condition” and smelled edible.
The New Zealand-based trust found it in Antarctica’s oldest building, a hut built by Norwegian explorer Carsten Borchgrevink’s team in 1899, and used by Capt Scott in 1911 during his Terra Nova expedition.
The polar pioneer was said to be fond of this particular cake, made by the British biscuit company Huntley & Palmers. Read more.