Man Finds Grandparents' 100-Year-Old Wedding Cake Hiding in Hat Box with a Note


There are a lot of honored wedding traditions that have been passed down through the years.

Incorporating something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue into your ceremony is an easy one to remember.

Some even save the top tier of their wedding cake to eat on their first anniversary. In the 19th century, couples would eat it when their first child was christened, but more modern couples wait until their first anniversary.

Harvey and Inez Warninger got married on March 17, 1915, and decided that they would follow this fun tradition. They never got around to eating it though.

Ronald remembers the cake being stored in his parents’ freezer as a young child but hadn’t seen it since the 1950’s.

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He said his parents warned him not to touch it, but not much else was said about it.

As his grandparent’s 100-year anniversary approached, Ronald Warninger’s sister called him to ask if he knew where the cake was. He looked around his basement and wasn’t able to find it. They thought it had just been misplaced.

Then one day, as he was cleaning out his garage, he noticed a small hat box and immediately knew what was inside.

He opened the box and there was the top of his grandparent’s wedding cake!

A poem written to Inez from a dear friend almost ten years before her wedding day was packed next to the cake.

It reads, “Remember me when far away, And only half awake, Remember me on your wedding day, And send me a slice of wedding cake.” I don’t know if she would want a slice of this wedding cake now, though!

The cake was intact, but petrified and hollowed out. The white icing was perfectly preserved and, “sounds like porcelain when you tap it with your fingernail.”

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Ronald was amazed that it lasted so long. The cake lasted through two world wars!

Even though the cake is inedible, Ronald and his sister were excited to find the cake so close to their grandparents’ milestone anniversary. The family plans to continue to hold on to the cake as a family heirloom.

Ronald said, “I’m just glad it reappeared. I felt a little responsible for it. It is just the top of a wedding cake, but how many people have those all these years later? It’s just like a time capsule. I hope to pass it along to one of my kids and maybe they’ll keep it for another 100 years.” Ronald’s daughter plans to take it eventually.

Ronald told Inside Edition that he plans on just keeping it in storage until then. What a fun piece of family history to find!

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