A giant piece of traditional fruit bread known as Stollen weighing nearly 4,000kg was presented at the annual Stollen Festival in Dresden on Saturday.

This year's signature treat contained almost three quarters of a million raisins and sultanas, one and a half tons of flour and more than 200 kilograms of almonds.

The event has its roots in the 18th century. Saxony's ruler Augustus the Strong organised a festival, known as Zeithainer Lustlager, with thousands of guests taking part in the celebrations.

The tradition to bake the giant cake was reinstated in 1994 after the reunification of Germany. The huge Stollen is cut and sold to visitors at Dresden's Christimas market while proceeds are transferred to charity.

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