Husband and wife eat a small slice of their 50-year-old wedding cake every year

In case you weren’t aware, it’s a long-honoured tradition for married couples to freeze the top tier of their wedding cake and eat it on their first anniversary.

Honouring the ritual, which is said to bring you good luck, are husband and wife David and Anne Cowburn.

Instead of storing it just for their first year, the couple from Pennsylvania, U.S, decided to keep it for the next 49.

They’ve been biting into slices of the cake every year since their wedding on July 18th, 1970 but it’s been more crumbs than slices as of late.

The vanilla-flavoured dessert which has been frozen for half a century has survived five house moves and precedes David and Anne’s three children and four grandchildren.

The Cowburn children are amused by their parents’ commitment to thawing out little bits on every anniversary.

‘It’s just a fun, romantic thing that we do,’ Anne, who is 74 years old told the New York Post.

‘It was a very special cake and there was so much of it.’

The wedding staple had white-frosting flowers and silver-leaf accents, the top tier of which was saved by Anne’s mum.

The cake, measuring four-by-five inches, was given to the newlyweds when they returned from their honeymoon to England.

Anne added: ‘Our first anniversary, we ate quite a lot.’

Their idea to preserve it longer than a year came from a TV show I’ve Got A Secret. On one episode a couple’s secret had been that they were going to tuck into their 25-year-old wedding cake.

‘That episode must have embedded into my memory,’ said David.

One-upping the couple from the show, David and Anne went a further 25 years.

On their golden anniversary, instead of eating the very last crumbs left of the cake, the couple plan to sprinkle it onto a new one.

We wonder whether they’ll freeze that one too (but probably not).

And to those wondering, freezing the food for that long is relatively harmless provided that it’s kept in the right conditions.

Also, desserts baked at the time were heavy in alcohol and sweets (fruit-flavoured) which are natural preservatives.

If you’re thinking about it, you should wrap it up in cling film and tin foil and leave in an air-tight container.

Assess before thawing it out to eat.

Or of course, you could just buy a new cake. Think of all the new flavours and mixes that might’ve come out in the past year.

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