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Germans feast on giant Christmas cake

2:19am EST - 01:05

Dresden in Germany marks an official start to the Christmas season by cutting up and feasting on a giant traditional Stollen cake. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In the German city of Dresden, the Christmas season officially started on Saturday (December 4) with the traditional cutting of the famous Christmas stollen cake. Tens of thousands of people gathered at the market and the cake was cut by the head baker with an oversized silver-plated "stollen" knife. According to the makers of the giant cake, more than 60 bakers stirred, baked and layered for one week and used more than a tonne of flour, 675 kg of butter, 180 kg of sugar and 1.35 million sultanas. Head baker Henry Mueller said that this year's Dresden delicacy "has a length of 3.55 metres, 1.73 metres wide and 88 centimetres high" and weight of 2,872 kilograms, making it one tonne larger than the historical model from 1730. Legend has it that the most famous of Dresden's cakes was baked for August the Strong - known at the time as the Saxon Hercules. The cake reportedly weighed 2,000 kg and took 60 bakers to prepare.

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Germans feast on giant Christmas cake

2:19am EST - 01:05