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After 60 years of marriage, this couple celebrates each anniversary the same way — by taking a bite out of the cake from their wedding day.
Ann and Ken Fredericks of Satellite Beach, Florida, got married on August 19, 1955 in Nyack, New York, and froze the top tier of their wedding cake in a metal Maxwell House Coffee can. “Every year, we unwrap it, pour brandy over it — because you need to moisten it — and we break off a piece,” Ann told Florida Today.
The three-layer dark fruitcake, covered with a hard shell and topped with a layer of buttercream frosting, is particularly special to the couple because it was made by Ann’s grandmother. “Now, our children are appalled that we would be eating something that's 60 years old,” Ann said. “But believe me, it's quite tasty, as long as it's got enough brandy on it. And it's never made us sick.”
Sixty years later, the cake is four inches wide and three inches long. “It has lasted us 60 years, and so has the marriage," Ann said, "which is much more important than the wedding cake.”