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The toughest cake in the world survived WWII and 79 years below ground

I told you - the Germans know how to make things that can last!

On the night of March 28, 1942, just a few hours before the bells of the medieval cathedral would ring in Palm Sunday, British Royal Air Force bombers closed in on the German city of Lรผbeck. Three main churches were destroyed by the 400+ tonnes of bombs dropped by the planes. Around 25 000 people were left homeless and a firestorm destroyed the cityโ€™s historic centre.

But one almond and hazelnut cake survived in one piece!

Not much left from Lรผbeck after the air raid - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Not much left from Lรผbeck after the air raid - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

It may not look quite as appetising as it once did, but the 79-year-old dessert is still recognizable as an almond and hazelnut cake โ€“ complete with all of its original decorative detail, including swirly icing on top. The scrumptious artifact was discovered in a Lรผbeck cellar, next to a complete coffee service that had been set out for the familyโ€™s Palm Sunday morning. The cake was still wrapped in the wax paper its baker hoped would keep it fresh.

Credit: Tagesschau

Credit: Tagesschau

It's heavily charred and blackened with soot on the outside, and the heat has shrunk it to just a third of its original height. The kitchen was in the basement, so when the house was destroyed by the bombs, the cake was protected by the layers of debris above it. Now It doesn't quite beat Scott of the Antarctic's 100-year-old fruit cake discovered in 2017, but this one has been frozen, not firebombed. Not many things offer up a slice of real life, to remind us that those experiencing events in history were real people, quite like a humble cake.

Lรผbeck, Germany today - Credit: LerbsDE

Lรผbeck, Germany today - Credit: LerbsDE

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