The humongous loaf was baked to celebrate the Saxon delicacy Stollen, a sweet and bready treat first made centuries ago. Also known as a Striezel, it has become a Christmastime staple across Germany.
This year’s giant Stollen consists of 390 pieces made by 52 regional bakeries. It contains 170 million raisins, 460 kilos of butter, 276 kilos of sugar, 923 kilos of flour and an entire keg of Jamaican rum.
The fruitcake is 3.64 metres long, 1.75 metres wide and nearly a metre tall.
It will be carved up next Saturday at Dresden’s annual Christmas market. A 500-gramme portion costs €4, with proceeds going to train young bakers.
The giant fruitcake tradition reaches back to 1730, when Saxony’s king, August the Strong, ordered a huge Stollen baked at a massive military exercise near the town of Riesa. In 2000, the largest Stollen ever made weighed 4,200 kilos.