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Man Discovers Grandparents' 100-Year-Old Wedding Cake In Hatbox (Photos)

| by Sean Kelly

A Washington man was shocked to discover his grandparents’ 100-year-old cake entirely preserved inside a hatbox in his garage. 

Ronald Warninger, of Yakima, Washington, said he was cleaning out his garage when he came across a hatbox tucked inside a canning pot.

“I’m retired now and I thought I’ve got to condense some of this stuff,” 67-year-old Warninger told ABC News. “I looked in there and it was this hatbox and I definitely recognized that, and I knew the cake was in there. It was in the garage on a shelf way up high.”

Warninger said he has memories of the cake being preserved in his parents’ freezer throughout the 1950s, but he forgot about it after some time, according to the Yakima Herald.

“My grandparents didn’t have a good freezer and my folks bought one of those upright freezers and I remember it being packed in tin foil and being told, ‘You’re not allowed to touch that,’ but that was it. There was never any plans for it, nobody ever talked about it,” he said. 

On March 17, the 100-year anniversary of his grandparents’ wedding, his sister called asking if he knew where the cake was.

“I knew it was the 100-year mark because my sister called me on the anniversary and asked if I had the cake and I couldn’t find it,” he said. “We looked around and thought it was in the basement but it wasn’t. I had given up on it completely and she wasn’t happy with that, but I had kind of given up on it.”

The cake was found just in time for the special occasion, which Warninger said he’s thrilled about.

“Just the fact that this cake made it through like this is incredible,” he said.

“It’s in perfect shape. It’s been in and out of freezers and been handled a lot. It’s lived through a couple world wars.”

A poem written in 1905 by Warninger’s grandmother’s friend even foreshadowed the cake’s long life — saying to remember her on her wedding day and send her "a slice of cake.”

“I’m just glad it reappeared,” Warninger said. 

“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.”

Sources: ABC News, Yakima Herald / Photo credit: ABC News, Yakima Herald