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Ann and Ken Fredericks of Satellite Beach, Florida were married 60 years ago in Nyack, New York. Ann's grandmother baked their cake, which is a dark fruit cake, then had it iced by a baker. They ate most of the cake at the wedding reception, but saved the top layer.
On their first anniversary, they ate a small portion of that cake.
And on their second anniversary, they ate another.
Now, 60 years after they got married, they're still eating a little slice of that same wedding cake. They wrap the cake in plastic wrap, place it inside an old coffee can, then place the can inside a room-temperature closet. Florida Today (auto-start video) reports:
The Fredericks get a kick out of teasing their children. They said they've offered all three a bite of the cake over the years, but it has always been refused.
"They won't taste it," Ken said.
"And we tell them, it tastes fine," Ann said. "They always say, 'Oh, there's not that much. You two keep it for yourself.' I don't know, we may have to be buried with it."
After the annual bite, the cake, which is now about 4-by-3 inches big, will be wrapped in Saran and nestled back into its coffee can with a yellowed slip of paper that reads: "Top tier, Ann's wedding cake."
"We're hoping we can do it again next year," Ken said.
"It has lasted us 60 years, and so has the marriage," Ann said, "which is much more important than the wedding cake."