The chill is here, season of merry making has arrived and the ‘party mood’ is totally on. And if winter comes to India with Christmas knocking at the door, how can the delectable aroma and finger-licking taste of Christmas cakes be kept behind? Among all oomph and glitters, trees and stars, carols and colourful bells, there is the sweetmeat called ‘plum cake’ that hypnotises us all. If you are unsure which Indian cites offer the best Christmas cakes, take a look at the list we exclusively carved for you.
From British invasion to settlement of Anglo Indian community, Christmas seems to have an epic relationship with Kolkata. As the Christmas bells ring, Kolkata’s flagship bakeries like Nahoums and Sons (New Market), Flurys (Park Street), Barua Cake Shop (Bow Barracks), Kathleen and Kookie Jar (have multiple branches) bring forth their Christmas special plum cakes, fruit cakes and rum cakes. The 113 years old Nahoums and the 1927 founded Flury’s having Jewish, British and European influences tantalize taste buds of city-goers with their rich buttery spongy bars filled with nuts, fruits and cookies.
Christmas in Delhi is all about oldest and legendary bakeries like Wengers (Connaught Place) and Supreme Bakery (R.K. Puram). Apart from assorted pastries, their melt-in-mouth plum cakes and rum balls available at pocket-friendly prices are best food to cherish on Christmas eve. Others like Divin-e-licious and Elma’s Bakery are also known for their traditional plum cake without icing. Shammi Kebab at Wengers can make Christmas a bit spicy and tangy too!
Christmas is when Goan homes and bakeries make traditional rum cakes, plum cakes and coconut balls. If you are here during Christmas, don’t skip Confeitaria 31 de Janeiro (Panaji), Goa’s one of the oldest bakeries. Its home made assorted Christmas cakes are all time favourite amongst Indian and western travellers. Other legendary names like Daily Bread (Panjim), Royal Foods (Margao) and German Bakery (Anjuna) get attention for freshly baked decorative Christmas cakes. White Christmas cakes drowned in whipped cream frostings of Canape Snax ‘n Sips (Ozari) gives a heavenly gourmet experience.
The fascinating ‘Little France of India’ gears up for fun, food, decoration and merry- making during Christmas. It is when the city’s very old Auroville bakery prepares delicious Christmas cakes topped with fruits and nuts. Other sweetmeats like Choco nuttie and Apple crumble add more fervour to Christmas mood. Buche de Noel, a French sweet dish and one of the traditional cakes baked during Christmas at Baker Street (Bussy Street) is a must try. Daily Bread (Thanthai Periyar Nagar) and Choco-La (Mission St) serve the best rum cakes, cupcakes and tarts in Pondicherry.
Christmas in the financial capital centres around the old world charms of Irani café, Kyani & Co. (Marine Lines). Rum plum cakes, egg-less cakes along with keema and chicken patties of this 1904 founded bakery instigate the epicure in you during Christmas. Lose yourself to the luscious Christmas special cookies, chocolate pudding and fruit cakes of Yazdani Bakery, Theobroma (Bandra West) and Oven Fresh (Dadar West). Even a non-cake lover should try American Express Bakery’s (Byculla) Stollen bread, a sugar coated dried fruit and marzipan made fruit cake.
Mince pies, plum cakes, tarts, conical trees, bells and carols create a fantastic milieu for Christmas celebration at the Portuguese town. Since its humble beginning in 1939, Cochin Bakery till date is known for making the best plum and fudge cakes of the festive season. Christmas special mousse cups at Bake My Day (Jawahar Nagar), fudge tart at Pandhal Cake Shop (Kaloor-Kadavanthra Road), rum n’ raisin and plum cakes at Ann’s House of Sweets (Kadavanthra) make a memorable Christmas feast. For a change try carrot cake at Best Bakery (Maradu).
To make your Christmas celebration exotic, tempting and gastronomic, we looked for the best Christmas cake shops across India. Try out some or all of these (if time permits), and thank us later for an unbelievably sweet savouring Christmas.