The Moore cake seem to have been a wedding favor--it was found inside a monogrammed box with a ribbon.
|Monogrammed box. 2006.4255.001|
Some of the paper is stuck to the cake and the foil is torn, so I didn't want to risk further damage by unwrapping it for a picture, but I was able to open it slightly to give a glimpse of the cake itself. The cake is dark brown; I am not an expert in cake conservation, so I don't know if it was originally dark or if the color changed with age. According to a quick internet search, fruit cake and other dark cakes are often used for the groom's cake, which is the cake often distributed as favors.
So now the question is, how many other institutions are repositories of very old cake?
Kathy Haas is the Associate Curator at the Rosenbach Museum & Library.