Ron Warninger, a Yakima chiropractor, was cleaning a closet at home, spotted the hatbox and remembered it held the top layer of the wedding cake, as well as a mink hat.
He then realized this year marked the 100th anniversary of the couple who saved the cake.
The cake was preserved by Warninger’s grandparents, Inez and Harvey Warninger, who wed March 17, 1915, in Yakima. “The cake was put in their freezer or refrigerator and later my parents’ freezer,” Warninger recalled Friday.
“I remember seeing it as a kid in the ’50s and ’60s. So it made it through a couple of world wars and another 70 years. Amazing.”
“Can’t eat it but perhaps I can talk one of our kids into keeping it in that hatbox for another 100 years or so.”