Item #: SCP-1004
Object Class: Keter
Special Containment Procedures: SCP-1004 must remain under its glass lid in containment room seven when not being tested. When being transported to the physiological experiment area, all facilities between the two must be evacuated without personnel being informed to SCP-1004's presence. SCP-1004 must only be handled by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. This is due to the effect chemotherapy has on patients, causing all food taken by mouth to appear distasteful and repulsive.
Description: Rumor has it that SCP-1004 was baked sometime in the first quarter of the nineteenth century in ███████ , ███████ by a local woman named ███████ who was especially known for her cake and pie baking abilities. The deliciousness of her baking was legendary in the area, but the knowledge of SCP-1004 had been a closely guarded family secret until the 1964 when it was acquired by SCP personnel, whom soon fell victim to its powers.
SCP-1004 appears as a typical layered chocolate cake with chocolate icing and garnished with strawberries. It emits no radiation, sound waves, or telepathic frequencies out of normal ranges and posses normal smell associated with typical chocolate cake.
Abnormalities surrounding the cake include the ability to always remain fresh, free of mold and never spoiling. Simply mentioning the deliciousness of the cake causes subjects to shift all motivational goals toward acquiring and eating the cake. Subjects have been known to inflict harm on themselves and others, complete complex puzzles, and perform virtually any task when ordered to in hopes of acquiring said cake.
It is unknown if the cake itself or the platter which it rests on is the source of the anomaly, but no matter how much of SCP-1004 is eaten, it regenerates itself into a whole cake instantly when not observed. It is theorized that SCP-1004 exists in several states of wholeness, and when not currently being observed, it "chooses" to exist in a state of completeness, re-observing SCP-1004 is thought to collapse a waveform. Even if the cake is completely eaten, looking away and then looking back, results in SCP-1004 reappearing whole once more. Even while being filmed, momentary anomalies such as static, a break in feed, or camera failure occur, allowing regeneration of the cake.
A final note, when in the presence of any subject whose birthday it is that day, the cake will appear with lit candles. This level of awareness has sparked attempts to communicate with the cake that have not yet yielded results.
Document #020-07: Before being terminated, the family claimed that this was the family recipe used in making the cake:
1/2 cup Hershey's cocoa
1/2 cup Boiling water
2/3 cup Shortening
1 3/4 cups Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
2 1/4 cups Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/3 cups Buttermilk or sour milk*
6 Tb Boiling Water
1/2 cup Hershey's cocoa
1/4 cup Butter
2 tsp Vanilla
3 cups Powdered Sugar
Oven Temp ~ 350° Baking Time ~ 25 to 30 Min. Pan Type ~ two 9 inch pan
Preheat oven, grease and flour pans.
Stir together cocoa & boiling water in small bowl until smooth; and set a side.
Cream shortening and sugar & vanilla in large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, beat well. Combine flour, baking soda & salt; add alternately with buttermilk or sour milk to creamed mixture. Blend in cocoa mixture. Pour into two prepared pans or an oblong greased and floured 9 X 13 pan. Bake until tester comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes - Remove from pans and frost with Cocoa icing.
*To sour milk: use 4 teaspoons vinegar plus enough milk to equal 1 - 1/3 cups
Cocoa Icing Recipe
Place water in a microwave safe container, bring to a boil. Place butter in a medium size mixing bowl and pour boiling water over the top. Mix until butter is melted, add vanilla and cocoa. Mix thoroughly, add sugar and mix until smooth and desired consistency.
Spread on warm cake.
Addendum: There are those who have hypothesized that SCP-1004 does not actually exist within the quantum continuum of this dimension. This "non-existence" which has been proposed to the physical validity of SCP-1004 has not been truly determined as of yet. This hypothesis, scientifically termed the "non-corporeal temporal coincide desire apex", has gained the term "The Cake Is a Lie" to lay personnel.