The sweet celebration of Christmas is amiss without indulgence into luscious, toothsome and mouth-watering cakes, apart from the traditional Christmas pudding, eggnog, rum cake and gingerbread.
But, what if the cake gratifies not only the tongue, but also pleases the eyeballs? Breaking the traditional barrier of baking the same old boring cakes this festive season, bakers and patisserie experts across the tricity have ‘3D cakes’ in the offing. Sculpted to perfection, these 3D cakes and cookies are, as they say, selling like hot cakes.
While the themes for the cakes are varied, as are their flavours, it is the sculpted icing on the top that gives the cake its third dimension. From melting snowmen, penguins, holly wreath, gingerbread house to gingerbread man, there are options galore.Mansi Bansal, a baker based in Mani Majra, says she has been baking 3D cakes — a big hit with children — since the past six months now. Revealing her plans to bake a special Christmas tree-shaped cake along with baubles in the form of cup cakes, the baker says she plans to give a traditional touch to her recipe with the use of pointsettia flowers and edible glitter in colours of red, green, white and golden.
“For those sensitive to wheat, I use gluten-free products and for the diabetic, sugar-free recipes are prepared,” she adds.
The preferred icing on the top, affirms Pradeep Rana, production manager at Nik Bakers, is Santa Claus. “This time, we have introduced carrot cakes garnished with carrots inside the layers of the cake for Chrismas. Gingerbread house and Snoopy cookies also attract kids the most,” he shares.
Meanwhile, residents are happy to be spoilt for choice. Suheel Nicholas, a resident of SAS Nagar, has ordered a bell-shaped plum cake on his children’s demand.
“We wanted to try something different this Christmas and 3D cakes sounded really interesting,” smiles Ernestina Peter, a city-based nurse, saying she has ordered a cake in the shape of holly wreath.
However, the making of these cakes require a lot of effort, says Nikhil Mittal, owner of Nik Bakers.
“The preparations for the 3D cakes start two months prior to the festive season. We also add dry fruits soaked in rum along with warm flavours of banana and cinnamon,” he adds.