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Record cake presented at centennial banquet

2011/10/11 21:01:47

Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou and 13 foreign dignitaries blew out 100 candles together on a record-breaking birthday cake Tuesday in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China.

The king-size rectangular cake, measuring some 300 centimeters in length and 60 in width, was the highlight of the state banquet which was attended by more than 200 guests, said the hotel that catered the event.

The custom-made cake was the largest single-layer cake ever served at an ROC national banquet, it said in a press release.

It took 10 chefs two days to make the cake using 400 eggs, 12 kg of flour, and large quantities of local fruit.

After an eight-course dinner, the dignitaries joined Ma in singing birthday songs and blowing out 100 candles symbolizing the centennial.

In the coming decades, Taiwan will be seeking to play a more important role in the international community, the president said in a speech preceding the banquet.

Ma said the country will strive to make itself a peacemaker, a provider of humanitarian aid, a promoter of cultural exchanges, a creator of new technology and business opportunities, and the standard-bearer of Chinese culture.

(By Nancy Liu)