“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!”
The centuries old cake mixing ceremony is a ritual religiously followed all over the world and regarded as harbinger of good times. In keeping with this Playboy Beer Garden, Balewadi organized a cake mixing ceremony last week and a few fortunate souls including me were invited to witness the age old Christmas cake mixing ceremony which commences around this time, approximately 9 weeks before Christmas.
Not many of us here in India are aware of the traditional cake mixing ceremony. So here’s a little insight.
The 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. Now with every Hotel/Restaurant catching on with the trend, it’s fun to get your hands dirty, of course with gloves on. Mixing a lot of fruits, dry fruits and the likes along with alcohol on a huge table sure sounds fun, too bad, we, the men weren’t given a chance to become a part of this modern day camaraderie, But we sure enjoyed watching the pretty ladies in their chef hats, aprons and gloves mix the ingredients with an effortless grace. Boy what a Sight!
Cashews, almonds, walnuts and other assorted dry fruits along with prunes, raisins and tutti fruities, glazed cherries and a whole lot of other items go into the cake mixing. Not to forget are the freshly ground spices like cinnamon powder with the “spirit of the season” – the rum, whiskey, brandy and wine to soak the mixture in.
After kneading, the mixture of dry fruits will be stored in an air tight container and allowed to ferment for at least a month.
The event was followed by high tea with the luxury of a beautiful array of teas from India and across the globe.
I chose differently on the hot afternoon and went with a mocktail called Wake me up – I actually needed a waking up which the fresh watermelon and mint are good at. This drink also had a dash of orange and apple juice which definitely woke me up.
They then served us some sandwiches, baked bean tarts and a Margherita supreme pizza – Mama mia!
The sandwich was a roasted pepper with feta sandwich, nothing fancy about it except for the overpowering pesto sauce.
The baked bean tarts deserve a special mention as they were good looking and also yummy (That’s a compliment coming from a Carnivore) this particular snack is a perfect starter and definitely is easy on the palate.
Margherita Supreme Pizza
Indeed a delicious pizza (Non meaty) a tangy tomato sauce slathered with cheese on a thin crispy base topped with fresh basil.
And then the adorable mini banoffee tarts filled with banana paste, cream and topped with chocolate chips to end the energetic evening at Playboy! One word – Droolicious!
I’ve always liked Playboy; I think it’s very tasteful!
Playboy Beer Garden – 26/27 Balewadi High Street, Baner Balewadi Link Road, Pune, Maharashtra 411045