This ornate wedding cake was made in 1898 soon after Mr and Mrs Charles Philpott moved from Kent to 22 Potters Lane in Basingstoke where they opened their bakery ‘C.H. Philpott, Baker and Confectioner’.
The cake was displayed in the shop window until the bakery closed in 1964 at which time it was moved to the loft.
It was offered to Hampshire County Council Museums Service in 1995 by Ruby Philpott, the baker’s daughter.
There is a crack in the icing caused by the vibrations from bombs dropped on Basingstoke in August 1940. Otherwise the cake is in remarkably good condition and the cake itself, a traditional rich fruit cake, remains moist.
The pale brown colour has resulted from sugar seeping from the fruit cake into the icing.
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