Here’s a new reason to check the mailbox every day: wedding cake in the mail.
Apparently, it is a tradition in the British Royal Family to mail pieces of wedding cake to people who were unable to be invited to the wedding itself.
The cake, which is usually a dense fruitcake to ensure that it has a long shelf-life, is sliced into slivers and placed in cake boxes specially made for the purpose.
The tradition dates back to at least 1840 and Queen Victoria’s wedding cake.
Since Queen Victoria – and her husband, Albert – were related to many of the most influential heads of state around the world, it would have been very important personally and diplomatically that each of them receive a slice of cake in recognition of their connection.
However, for as long as the Royal Family has mailed their wedding cake, there have been instances of wedding cake mail theft. So if you think there’s any chance that a slice is still on its way to your home, make sure you don’t let it linger in your mailbox!
Here is a photo of a preserved piece of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s wedding cake from 1840 – making it more than 170 years old!
If you’re still interested in trying the “official royal fruitcake,” here’s a recipe from the cake designer and baker who created Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s wedding cake, Fiona Cairns.