Dresden bakes 2.8 tonne fruitcake

The giant cake (APTN)
The giant cake (APTN)

Dresden, in Germany, has kicked off the Christmas season with its traditional celebration - baking a 2.8 tonne fruitcake for its Stollenfest.

During the festival, a giant cake is transported in a horse-drawn carriage through the streets, before being sliced into thousands of pieces while the fruitcake princess watches on.

Stollenfest began in 1730, when a local ruler decided to display his wealth and power by inviting people of Europe to Dresden for a celebration, which culminated in the unveiling of the world's largest fruitcake.

The tradition has continued over the centuries - and if this year's cake is any guide, the bakers' skills have only improved.