Hundred-year-old fruitcake found in 'excellent condition' among Antarctic artefacts


A remarkably well-preserved 106-year-old fruit cake believed to have been brought with Scott's expedition to the Antarctic in 1910 has been discovered in a remote hut. His team of five eventually reached the geographic South Pole on January 17, 1912, only to find that a Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsen beat them by 34 days.

The cake will now be preserved and returned to the hut once the structure itself is restored.

"The cake probably dates to the Cape Adare-based Northern Party of Scott's Terra Nova expedition", the trust said.

It has been documented that he took this specific brand of fruitcake with him. Researchers began investigating the building in 2015.

Programme Manager-Artefacts Lizzie Meek said finding such a "perfectly preserved fruitcake" in a severely corroded tin was a huge surprise.

Whoever thought only wine and rum taste better after a 100 years should definitely take a look at this cake!

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'It's an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favourite item on modern trips to the Ice'.

The extreme cold climate may have helped in preservation of the fruitcake.

"Deacidification of the tin label and some physical fix to the torn paper wrapper and tin label was carried out", the Trust said.

Incredibly, conservationists have discovered a 100-year-old fruitcake in the Antarctic, of all places.

With the tin repaired, and the paper wrapping mended, they have added stabilizing chemicals to both tin and cake in preparation for returning it to the Antarctic.

Not just any sweet but a very special century old delicacy?