The eternal fruitcake

Nobody ate great-grandma’s fruitcake, baked an estimated 125 years ago.

Morgan Ford, 83, of Tecumseh (Michigan), is taking his great-grandmother Fidelia Bates’ fruitcake to Burbank, Calif., to share a piece with Jay Leno on Tuesday’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

The cake rests in a glass bowl, covered by a glass top. A large raisin and what might be a clove are visible among the brown mass — Ford says it’s fossilized — that emits a pleasant odor of spices.

The recipe has been lost.

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  1. I knew it! There are only a dozen or so of these things in the entire universe. They just pass themselves around year after year: Be afraid, be very afraid……