Cake Mixing Ceremony, Grand Hyatt, Mumbai

Isn’t it weird how 2015 passed by so quickly? It’s less than two months for Christmas. Wow! With the holiday season coming soon, we were invited by Grand Hyatt for their annual Cake Mixing ceremony.

For those who don’t know, traditional cake mixing ceremoniesdate back to the 17th century. In those days, fruits and nuts were harvested and mixed,and then saved for the next season with a hope of an abundant year ahead. This ceremony has now become such an important event for families to come together with friends to have fun soaking dry fruits in Rum or Brandy. It’s a ritual that marks the first step of making the traditional Christmas plum cake.

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Christmas without rich Christmas cake is incomplete, and we were so glad to be part of this ceremony with Grand Hyatt. The venue looked vibrant with kids swarming large trays of dry fruit, tutti frutti and nuts. A classic Christmas Plum cake sure needs it’s kick, so for that the table was well stocked with Rum, Whiskey and Beer. Each guest was given an apron and a chef’s hat and soon everyone got to the mixing table.

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I truly felt like a kid at a candy store and couldn’t stop grinning. There were kids around me who were equally excited to start mixing. The tray had apricots, tutti frutti, almonds, cashewnuts, prunes, dates, raisins and cherries. We had chefs around to help the kids. Soon we were instructed to mix the dry fruits. On went the gloves, and everyone dug in, mixing with all their might. Then came the booze! It was time for the bottles to be popped open and emptied it into the mixture.  I added a bottle of Whiskey and Rum to my tray. With everyone mixing their fruit mix, the whole place smelled heavenly.

Soon the canapés arrived and stands of yummy goodies filled the tables. After posing for the in-house photographer everyone made their way to the table.

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We had the Teriyaki Salmon Bites, Chicken Herb Seekh Kebab, Mini Blinis with Herb Goat’s Cheese Walnut and Caramelized Fig and Roasted Red Pepper Truffle flavoured Ricotta Bruschetta. A cake mixing ceremony isn’t complete without dessert, so there was Mix Fruit Cake Pops, Passion Fruit Pate de Fruit, Raspberry and Vanilla Macarons and cute Mini Cupcakes with Santa on them.

It seems Grand Hyatt is just gearing up for a great holiday season. We can’t wait to eat the fruits of our labour come December. 🙂 Here’s to an awesome and joyous Christmas.

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