In honor of its 150th anniversary, food flavoring brand The Watkins Company attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of layers in a layer cake. On September 14, over 1,000 people gathered at the brand's headquarters in Winona, Minnesota, to see the company break the previous record, which had been set by a 230-layer cake.
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The Watkins Company told The Daily Meal that it took 11 people a collective 145 hours to construct the massive cake. It took 900 eggs, 480 pounds of sugar, 150 pounds of flour, 102 pounds of shortening, and 45 pounds of butter to make, plus oil, milk, water, salt, and 7 pounds of Watkins vanilla flavoring. In all, it weighed 1,250 pounds and stood at 73 inches tall. Its 260 layers bested the previous record.
According to the brand, "To ensure the record was broken, the cake was completely unstructured and had to stand on its own for 60 seconds."
"Large food structures are always a difficult record category to break due to the elements that go into constructing them. Not only do you have to worry about balance and weight, but for a cake the heat can play an issue too," said Christina Flounders Conlon, an official adjudicator for Guinness World Records, in a press release. "I'm always excited to announce a broken record. The Watkins Company and Wuollet Bakery did a fantastic job with their cake today."
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