We love the tradition of a bride and groom saving the top tier of their wedding cake and eating it on their first wedding anniversary — but on their 60th? That's how one couple recently celebrated their decades-long marriage!
Ann and Ken Fredericks said "I do" in 1955 and, to mark 60 years together, they indulged in a slice of their original wedding cake. The "dark fruit cake" confection, which the bride's mother baked for their 1955 wedding, has been wrapped and stored in a Maxwell House coffee can in a closet in the Fredericks' kitchen (not even in the freezer!) and remained edible ever since.
"I mean, dark fruit cake keeps," Ann told ABC News. "I mean, it doesn't have an objectionable taste, but it's a little dry." A simple problem the couple remedies with a little brandy to moisten the cake.
And, after 60 years of marriage, it's not just their cake that's in good standing. The Fredericks' secret to a long and successful marriage? They still love each other, they said, "and we have a good, close family," says Ken, "and they all love each other and that's about it, I guess." Ann added that they still hold hands every night when they go to bed. Aw!
The Satellite Beach, Florida couple, who met at Syracuse University in Upstate New York when Ann was a sophomore nursing student and Ken was a music education graduate student, think the viral Internet reaction to their anniversary tradition is over the top. "I'm surprised, I think it's kind of silly," he said of the response. "It's just something we do and we've been doing it for years."
As for the rest of the cake? It's been wrapped back up and placed in the same coffee can — safe and sound for the couple's 61st wedding anniversary.