In 1878, Michigan resident Fidelia Ford baked a Christmas fruitcake as part of her tradition of baking cakes and letting it age a year before serving it to a family member. This year, the cake will turn 141-years-old and continues to be handed down as a family heirloom.
Ford died at the age of 65, and never saw the cake she had baked in 1878 get eaten. It got passed down from generation to generation and Ford’s great-grandson Morgan Ford, who considered the cake a part of his legacy, was the custodian for 93 years. He died in 2013.
Morgan’s daughter Julie Ruttinger is the current custodian of the cake. She told Associated Press that her father treasured the cake till his death and even showed it off at church and several family gatherings. “He took a lot of pride in it,” she said.
The cake has been preserved in a glass dish, and is stored on the top shelf of a cabinet.
Here’s how people reacted to the unusual family heirloom:
— ℚ𝕦𝕚𝕕 ℙ𝕣𝕠 𝕄𝕚𝕞𝕚 (@MimiLeroch) December 14, 2019
Please send a piece to my ex wife to see if it’s still good.
— Jim Kilgus (@KilgusJim) December 14, 2019
The infinite fruitcake is infinite. 😁
— jodi (@jodster112) December 14, 2019
I like fruit cake!
— Mr-b (@bhcorndog) December 14, 2019
Gross on so many levels.
— Kevin (@kmrailey) December 14, 2019
— Ann (@annonamouse12) December 14, 2019
— Kara Jenne (@KaraJenne) December 14, 2019
— James Andrews (@james_andrews22) December 14, 2019
Ok I thought this was about that damned tape banana for a second
— Jordan Pleasant (@JordanPleasant4) December 14, 2019
Great. Smelly petrified fruit. Gross…
— Meh. (@Nailtech41) December 14, 2019
test that for DNA
— Nate Harger (@NateHarger) December 14, 2019
A #christmasornament wouldn’t have sufficed?
— Reetah (@Sahdahnah) December 14, 2019
(With inputs from AP)