Brazil's Sao Paulo, South America's largest and most dynamic city celebrated this week its 453 anniversary with an eight tons cake shared by thousands of residents.
The orange and coconut cake, coated in cream and 453 meters long, one for each year of the city took just over a minute to be distributed among citizens from the neighborhood of Bixiga that started the idea of the celebration party over a decade ago. Residents queued along the main street of Bixiga and following a symbolic candle blowing and a "Happy birthday dear Sao Paulo" chorus, were invited with a piece of the gigantic cake. The Bixiga Society for the Defense of Traditions and Progress is the official organizer of the street party and according to president Walter Taverna, twenty chefs were involved in the operation. The ingredients for the 453 meters long cake included 1.503 kilos of wheat flour; 644 kilos of margarine; 608 of sugar; 55 of grounded coconut, a similar volume of orange; 13.202 eggs and 1.150 liters of milk.