Every mouthful will reveal a secret and be interesting. Cake mixing There are many stories to be told, some lasting for months or even a whole year! TOI interviewed a few cake lovers and gourmets to find out about the perfect cake mix. They also wanted to know the traditions that go along with it. Making your cake “drunk” and delicious
Cake mixing is based on the idea that you can make a delicious cake by blending dry fruits, rum, brandy, and spices. Then, preserve it for a few months. There’s more to cake mixing than meets the eye, even though some of these processes are kept secret by families and veteran bakers. Baking expert Divya Divya says: “How to achieve that special taste or aroma is often a mystery, but a cake can be made by following a few basic tips.” If you want a delicious cake, make sure the ingredients are top-quality. This includes alcohol, raisins and nuts, prunes and cherries, honey, spices, and honey.
The longer the dry fruit is soaked, the more delicious the cake. Reena Jobs, a baking enthusiast, says that some people start the process up to a year ahead.
“A good cake begins its journey in the mixing bowl. In my family, the only earthenware bowls we use are the ones that come with the cake mix. Reena says that it keeps the flavor intact.
Even after the cake-mixing ceremony, there are still some “spirited” steps to be taken. Cakes are made in advance and stored in airtight containers. Sometimes, brandy or whiskey is poured on top. This helps the cake mellow and makes it tasty and juicy until Christmas, says Divya.
Lucky coins, trinkets, and little toys
Have you heard the expression ‘coins in the cake?’ Some families have a tradition that involves adding a trinket or coin to their Christmas cake mixture. This is done for fun, both in the making and eating of the cake. Sheela Thomas says that “whoever gets the coin will be blessed for the entire year.” This is a practice that has been carried out for centuries in Britain and Greece. Many people prefer to insert edible toys in place of a coin wrapped in foil. Anna Mathew, a baker, says that edible toys are safer to use when there are children in the home. Another fun practice is to bake a “bachelor’s bean” (a dried bean) into the cake. Anna explains that whoever finds the button will remain a bachelor throughout the year. Some families use the mixing process as an opportunity to gather. Divya said, “I’m familiar with a family that lets the oldest member of the family add rum to the mixture first, then the rest. They then all join hands and stir the rum into the delicious hillock. It’s a great way to bond before Christmas. It’s not just mixing-mixing
Cake mixing has evolved from a simple ritual to a social, fun event. The event is now a part of people’s daily lives. It has spread to hotels and clubs. Reena explains, “It marks the beginning of holiday season – a time for joyous celebrations. The aroma of the spices and raisins can be a great way to lift your spirits. It’s an activity that is different.”
“We’ve created a range of special desserts with chocolate replicas of the World Cup Trophy on each one. This is our World Cup Special this time,” says Rumil.
Aarti Bungalow owner Aarti Vaid has prepared a special screening of the match in her tea room. She will also be supplying products specially designed for the occasion. Aarti Vaid, owner of Buttercup Bungalow, has prepared special cupcakes with the Indian flag, bats, balls, and stumps to celebrate the match.