It is that time of the year when we usher in the festive moments of Christmas with the annual Christmas Cake Mixing Ceremony. While most of us are still hung up on the recently concluded series of Hindu festivals like Durga Puja and Diwali, the city is already gearing up for the upcoming winter merriment.
Today it is very common to hear and see various establishments organising a grand Cake Mixing ceremony at their end, with the city who’s who in its attendance. But this was not always like this.
In early England, Cake Mixing for Christmas began during the harvest season, which is roughly two months prior to Christmas. During this time of the year, different types of nuts and fruits were available which had to be preserved for future use. One among the several ways was to soak them in whatever liquor was available at home. This was done in order to increase the shelf life of these nuts and fruits so that these can be eaten for the next year till another harvest comes.
For cakes, these nuts and fruits were left to soak for two months along with a generous amount of honey and spices like ginger, mace, nutmeg, cardamoms, etc. Since, in English society, no Tea is served without a slice of cake, this ritual of Christmas cake mixing was done in every household. It used to be a simple family affair without much ado to it. Today, although a normal Indian household would seldom carry out a Christmas Cake Mixing ritual, however, it is celebrated with quite a fanfare at the luxury hotels in the city.
Planning to bake your own cake this year? Then make some time now for your own Cake Mixing Ceremony at home. Mix some dried fruits like Cashew, Raisins, Sultanas, Almond, Black Currant, Apricot, Fig, and Orange peel with ground spices like Cinnamon, Clove, Mace, Nutmeg and Cardamom. Now, soak them in your choice of liquor, like Brandy, Whiskey, Rum, or Vodka. Let them soak in a cool dry place for at least 15 days before you start baking with them.
If you are planning to bake a good number of cakes for your family and friends, soak the fruits and nuts accordingly.
Cake Mixing Ceremony At The Park, New Delhi
The Park, New Delhi never fails to make any occasion grand. In association with KitchenAid, the International Brand for Kitchenware and Appliances, this luxury property organised its annual Cake Mixing Ceremony at its award-winning restaurant, Fire.
On this occasion, the Executive Chef of Fire Restaurant, Chef Abhishek Basu and his team demonstrated four easy season’s special recipes like Italian classic Tiramisu, Gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Cake, season’s favourite Plum Pudding and Mince Pie. Chef Basu and his team made the session lively with his witty quips and interaction with the audience. Throughout the session, he happily obliged to the questions put up the guests and shared many of his baking tips & tricks.
The recipe demonstration session was quickly followed by the Cake Mixing Ceremony where the hotel staff brought in a large quantity of fruits and nuts to be soaked in a variety of liquor, including Rum, Whiskey, Vodka, Brandy, Wine, to name a few. Quickly hands dipped in these alcohol mixed fruits to give them a proper shuffle, and the entire room became aromatic with the spices which went along with everything into the mix. A single snuffle was enough to make one go dizzy with the thought of these fruits going into the oven and coming out as a rich and luxurious Christmas Plum Cake.