Be it representing the harvest season or being a reason for family gathering,cake-mixing ceremony successfully marks the onset of Christmas season
While the cake-mixing ritual has now acquired a social face,it has not diluted its religious importance,and it remains to be one of the most awaited events in Christian household,which marks the onset Christmas season.
History of the cake-mixing ceremony dates back to the 17th century,when it marked the arrival of the harvest season. During this time lots of fruits and nuts were harvested and prepared to go into the making of the traditional plum cake. The mix was saved up for the next harvest season with the hope that the coming year would bring with it another abundant year. This ceremony quickly metamorphosed to a close affair,with the family sitting together and soaking dry fruits in wine or rum and hoping that the fine flavor fills their Christmas with delectable sweetness. Recalling her experience,Deirdre Almeda,housewife,says,”Cake-mixing has always been an event that I waited for. A couple of my close friends come down and we soak dry fruits in rum and wine. A special thing that we do is preparation of small jars which each of my friends carry with them back home this way they carry a piece of the special soak with them. I cherish this celebration because it sets the festive mood in. Though it doesn’t have any religious connotation,it continued as it is the first gathering ”
While the Cake mixing ceremony is a sort of warming up to the Christmas time,it surely does more than just that. Joy Jacob,media person,shares,”Though the history talks about it as harvest ceremony,however,today cake-mixing is seen more in modern day context. And celebrating it as an occasion of social gathering and celebration is more relevant. It is in itself very old and so it can too be called the history of the ceremony. For me,it’s a quiet family affair with a couple of close friends. My kids feel they have contributed in their own way to the celebrations and it really makes us all feel good.” This ritual in fact marks the beginning of a very busy year for the baking industry. Hotels and bakeries celebrate it in a big way. Remarks Vikas Sharma,food and beverages,manager,Hotel Taj Blue Diamond,”The cake mixing ceremony has become an event in the calendar when the staff really bonds with each other. Donning gloves and red aprons,the ritual of pouring and mixing the wine into the chopped fruit is performed with much enthusiasm and gaiety. And the flavor of dry fruits mixing with wine is an experience in itself.”
Done with a lot of fanfare in most city hotels,the ceremony has now become a way of bonding and cheering with each other and making cakes that are really scrumptious. Shares Chef Prashant,Sun N Sand,”To get the right flavor it is important to mix the fruits with alcohol at least 25 days in advance. The correct mix gives the perfect cake and the fun along with it is really awesome.” With the jingle bells season coming in hope the spirit catches on and we all get mixing and of course pouring.