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Cake-mixing fete heralds Christmas

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The Gateway Hotel celebrates the age-old tradition with élan

Heady mix: Guests and staff of The Gateway Hotel taking part in the cake-mixing ceremony in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. — Photo: C. V. SUBRAHMANYAM
Heady mix: Guests and staff of The Gateway Hotel taking part in the cake-mixing ceremony in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. — Photo: C. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

It is not yet Christmas, but the intoxicating aroma of the cake mixing ceremony at The Gateway Hotel brought alive the rich tradition on Saturday, heralding in the spirit of the festival.

Mounds and mounds of brown dates, black raisins, red cherries, cashew nuts, topped with cardamom, pepper and other secret spices, were placed and then the ceremony began. Armed with gloves, the hotel guests and staff poured bottles of liquor and wine into the fruits and mixed till the dry fruits got fattened on the liquor wielding the magic on the invigorating mixture days before Christmas.

“The cake-mixing ceremony is done days ahead of the season. Dry fruits, nuts are soaked in wine and liquor, mixed thoroughly and kept for maturation for a few weeks,” the hotel's General Manager Mahipal Singh said.

This age old tradition that dates back to the 17 {+t} {+h} century in Europe marked the arrival of the harvest season. Originally a family affair, it is for many years celebrated within organisations to spread camaraderie and goodwill. Today hotels use the ceremony to welcome the season.

After kneading, the mixture was emptied into large vat like containers and stored away till just a couple of days before Christmas, with occasional stirring, to ensure the nuts soak till they are swollen.

The same mixture goes into the preparations of plum puddings too.

Topped with crispy caramel, it makes a lip-smacking dessert for any occasion, not just Christmas. Like every year, The Gateway Hotel will unveil the special Christmas plum cakes and puddings at a take-away counter at the hotel lobby from December 23 to January 2.


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