After nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants are reopening and festivities and celebrations are resuming. After the season of Diwali, the next most anticipated festivities are during Christmas. As with any other festival, there are a number of activities that bring people together during the Christmas season – one of them being cake making. The Ashok Hotel in New Delhi recently hosted a cake-making event that involved not only the chefs but also the children of the Kailash Satyarthi Foundation.
For non-specialists, mixing cakes is a preparatory ritual for the next Christmas party. This involves soaking dried fruits, nuts, berries and spices in a liqueur mixture in order to mix everything well. This mixture is then used to bake cakes, muffins and other delicious pastries for Christmas.
The Ashok Cake Making Event in New Delhi was a fun night out with the toddlers from the Kailash Satyarthi Foundation. The children put on gloves and prepared a mixture of dried fruits such as nuts, raisins, apples, apricots, dried ginger as well as glazed red cherries, orange zest, tutti frutti, black currants , spices and liqueurs. Children and chefs worked hand in hand at this one-of-a-kind event. The mixture has now matured and will then be mixed with cake batter to make delicious Christmas cakes.
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Speaking on the occasion, Chef Arvind Rai, Executive Chef, The Ashok, said: “The pandemic has been a drag on the festivities and celebrations. Times have been stressful for young and old alike. The strong vaccination campaign and the decline in the number of COVID have given people enough confidence to carefully open the economy. Plus, while festivals like Christmas bring much needed joy and celebration, Christmas rituals like cake mixing give everyone a lot of hope and optimism for a new beginning and joyous times ahead. “
A special Christmas menu will also be organized at the Ashok, featuring traditional Christmas delicacies including main courses, drinks and desserts.