Some couples preserve their cake for their first anniversary, some save it forever. But for this grandson, he was about to discover some wedding magic inside a vintage hatbox.
Many couples preserve the top tier of their wedding cake to eat on their first anniversary.
Sure, it may taste stale and freezer burnt after a year, but tradition is tradition, goddamn it.
Ronald Warninger’s grandparents did just that after their March 17, 1915, wedding. However, they never got around to enjoying their cake a second time.
Warninger found the top tier of their wedding cake in his garage this year, the 100th anniversary of his grandparents’ wedding.
After her husband Harvey died in 1944, Inez Warninger gave the cake to Ronald’s parents around 1960, “because they had a better freezer,” he told BuzzFeed Life.
“I knew it dated way back into the teens, and that I wasn’t allowed to touch it, but that’s all I really knew,” he added.
Warninger brought the cake to his home in the early 2000s, and by that time, “it had already been petrified.” He knew the cake was important, but he promptly forgot where he put it. He was organizing his Yakima, Washington, garage in November when he uncovered the antique dessert on a shelf, perfectly preserved inside a hatbox.
The cake is totally inedible, but, “for 100 years old, it’s really good shape,” Warninger said.
The cake’s layers disintegrated long ago, but that the rock-hard, “porcelain-like” icing is still practically perfect, with just a few cracks. Only a chunk of the “sponge-like” (and still white!) cake remains.
His grandmother’s memory book was also in the hatbox, which amazingly includes a note from a friend mentioning her wedding cake.
The note was written 10 years before Inez and Harvey Warninger got married.
As for why his grandparents never ate the rest of their cake, Warninger says they “probably got too busy.”
His daughter Jenny now has the family heirloom; she hopes to preserve it for another generation.
Elaine Benes would approve.