Come winter and all the big hotels in the city start celebrating the run-up to the holiday season with the much-awaited cake mixing ceremony. Though the pandemic cast a shadow on last year’s celebrations, the improving COVID situation of late has led to the return of grand cake mixing ceremonies in Kolkata. Several hotels have started ushering in the Yuletide spirit and marking the arrival of the harvest season with cake mixing events. The annual ritual sees the hotel staff, guests and importa…….
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Come winter and all the big hotels in the city start celebrating the run-up to the holiday season with the much-awaited cake mixing ceremony. Though the pandemic cast a shadow on last year’s
celebrations, the improving COVID situation of late has led to the return of grand cake mixing ceremonies in Kolkata. Several hotels have started ushering in the Yuletide spirit and marking the arrival of the harvest season with cake mixing events.
The annual ritual sees the hotel staff, guests and important personalities get together to combine all the ingredients – dry fruits, nuts, spices, plums, dates etc – that go into making the traditional cakes for Christmas. This mixture is then soaked in rum, wine or other alcoholic beverages as part of a long traditional process that gives the cakes the perfect aroma, flavours
“Last year, our cake mixing ceremony was a low-key affair. But this year we celebrated it in a big way while maintaining all the COVID protocols. We even invited our in-house guests to be a part of it,” said Dilip Mishra, general manager, The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata. Every year, two months before the season of cakes, the hotel organises a cake mixing ceremony at its bakery with their patrons in attendance. “We mix all kinds of dry fruits, tutti-frutti, cherry and other ingredients, which are used to make both fruit cakes and plum cakes. These pieces of fruits are kept soaked in high-quality liquor and fruit juices for two months to bring out the desired authentic taste and flavour,” added Dilip.
For star hotels, this tradition has now become an important event on their social calendar, with the who’s who of the town – food bloggers, celebrities, prominent chefs and socialites – looking forward to participating in the ceremony. Sumeet Suri, general manager, JW Marriott Kolkata, said, “The cake mixing ritual at our hotel is a social affair, but nonetheless, its traditional connotation remains the same. After getting this long-awaited break from the pandemic, which led to a restriction on events and gatherings, we were glad to bring back the excitement of our much talked about cake mixing ceremony this year.” The event witnessed all the patrons of the hotel celebrating the commencement of the winter festive season. “Indeed, the ceremony has now become a way to cheer our patrons and allows for a grand introduction of special Christmas goodies from our bakery. Every whiff of the aroma kept reminding us that the much-loved Christmas season is just round the corner.”
At Hyatt Regency Kolkata, guests, patrons and the entire hotel team gathered for the fun-filled ceremony at the hotel’s cafe recently. Sharing the experience with us, general manager Kumar Shobhan said, “The timeless tradition of cake mixing is a celebration we look forward to. It harbingers the Yuletide spirit, which is incomplete without the rich and sumptuous Christmas cake. This time, celebrations took place at the cafe to usher in the festive spirit. The first bake will be distributed …….