Mayor Nestor Fongwan announced that the Strawberry Butter Cake, which the town baked in 2005, was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest fruit shortcake ever baked.
The municipality received the confirmation last May 31.
This, as Fongwan said they are now preparing for the staging of the fourth strawberry cake festival next year.
He added the town already started the propagation of the “sweet Charlie” strawberry variety which would be distributed to farmers by September. Harvest of the fruit would be in time for the strawberry fest.
La Trinidad started baking the giant strawberry cake March 2002 to promote the municipality as the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines,” it being the premier producer of strawberries in the country.
During the town’s festival last year, the local government, in coordination with the Department of Tourism, San Miguel Corporation and other non-government organizations, managed to bake the biggest strawberry cake, which fed 42,080 individuals.
Weighing more than 9,600 kilos, the cake, which was shaped in the form of a giant strawberry fruit amidst a field of vanilla confection, stood about eight feet high, 12 feet long and nine feet wide, as certified by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers-Baguio.
It was also learned that the cost of production of the largest Strawberry Butter Cake amounted to about P1 million.
Around 2,350 kilos of fresh strawberries (imported from Argentina), 537.5 kilos of magnolia gold butter and 967.5 kilos of strawberry preserve were used in the baking of the strawberry cake. These produced a total of 2,150 pans of cake. (Sun.Star Archives)