Sweet! Indian bakers make world's 'longest' cake

Agence France-Presse 

Posted at Jan 16 2020 08:08 AM

Bakers and chefs prepare an approximately 6.5-km long cake in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cake, in Thrissur in south Indian state of Kerala on January 15, 2020. Arun Sankar, Agence France-Presse

THRISSUR, India — It was a record-baking effort. Hundreds of bakers and chefs in southern India came together Wednesday to create what they said is the world's longest cake -- about 6.5 kilometers. 

They spread chocolate ganache on the serpentine dessert stretched out on thousands of tables and desks at a festival ground and adjoining roads in the coastal state of Kerala's Thrissur city.

The vanilla cake, 4 inches wide and thick, weighed in at about 27,000 kilograms (59,500 pounds).

About 1,500 bakers and chefs, wearing traditional whites and toque blanche caps, spent nearly 4 hours to put it together using 12,000 kilograms of sugar and flour.

Large crowds watched the event organized by Bakers Association Kerala (BAKE). The group's secretary general, Naushad, said Guinness World Records had assessed the cake as being 6,500 meters but their confirmation of the exact length was pending.

That much cake would surpass the Guinness record held by Chinese bakers in Zixi county who made a fruitcake almost 3.2 kilometers long in 2018.

"This is an effort to showcase our skills to the world," Naushad, who uses one name, told AFP. 

"We ensured hygiene and taste are up to the mark." 

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