|Fruit cakes are ideal high-energy food for polar expeditions.|
The cake is believed to date to Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova Expedition between 1910 and 1913.
Although the tin containing the cake was rusted and falling apart, the cake inside "looked and smelt (almost) edible" according to the Antarctic Heritage Trust.
The Terra Nova hut was stocked with supplies for the expedition
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|The Terra Nova hut was stocked with supplies for the expedition|
"It's an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favourite item on modern trips to the Ice."
|The tin containing the cake was heavily damaged|
The cake and its tin have been taken to New Zealand's Canterbury Museum laboratory, where the Trust's staff are working on conserving almost 1,500 artefacts.
Scott's expedition had a number of objectives, but reaching the pole was key - and although they ultimately succeeded they found that the Norwegians had beaten them to it.
Tragically the entire party died on the return journey from the pole.