Almost Edible, 106-Year-Old Fruitcake Found in Antarctica

The fruitcake which was produced by Reading-based biscuit makers Huntley & Palmers

According to Antarctic Heritage Trust, the cake is believed to date to Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova Expedition between 1910 and 1913.

Conservators from the Trust have been working on restoring and documenting nearly 1500 artifacts from the Cape for the past year. Its Northern Party may have taken shelter in the hut and left the cake behind.

Whoever thought only wine and rum taste better after a 100 years should definitely take a look at this cake! The cake is stayed in "excellent condition".

Although the cake looked and smelled edible, it will remain a mystery as to what the century-old sweet tastes like as it is unethical for conservators to taste-test their finds, Meek told Newshub. "Living and working in Antarctica tends to lead to a craving for high-fat, high-sugar food, and fruitcake fits the bill nicely, not to mention going very well with a cup of tea". The dessert, made by British cake makers Huntley & Palmers, was found wrapped in paper inside the remains of a tin, and was "almost edible", the organisation said in a statement. These huts were constructed in 1899 by the Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevnik expedition, and later used by Scott's party in 1911.


Lizzie Meeks, the trust's artefacts manager, said the cake was found among a stock of food supplies abandoned by...

Scott's famous Antarctic expedition was both scientific and powered by a desire to be the first person to reach the South Pole.

On their return journey, all five men perished, their tent and bodies discovered by British explorers crossing the Ross Ice Shelf in November 1912.

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