The Watkins Company, a leading global provider of natural, gourmet flavoring products, recently held a celebration of its 150th anniversary on Friday, September 14. As part of its big day, the company gathered more than 1,000 people at its Winona, Minnesota headquarters to unveil a world record attempt.
In partnership with Minnesota’s Wuollet Bakery, The Watkins Company officially broke the Guinness World Records title for the “greatest number of layers in a layer cake.” The record-breaking cake was made using The Watkins Company’s flagship product, Watkins All Natural Baking Vanilla Extract, in the cake and frosting.
Standing at 260 layers, the cake broke the previous record by 30 layers. It stood at 73 inches tall with a base of 32 inches wide by 24 inches long. It took 11 people and 145 collective hours total for the cake to be constructed. The cake weighed 1,250 pounds and made 5,000 individual servings.
“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,” says Christina Flounders Conlon, Official Adjudicator for Guinness World Records. “I’m always excited to announce a broken record. The Watkins Company and Wuollet Bakery did a fantastic job with their cake today.”