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Cakes And Christmas: The Story

BP World Bureau | Dec 14 2019
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Christmas cakes are a part of the English tradition that began as plum porridge. People ate the porridge on Christmas Eve to line the appetite after a day of fasting. New traditions like the addition of honey, dried fruits, and spices were incorporated into the porridge mixture later. Even coins were added to cakes as well as puddings as good luck touch pieces.

This tradition became popular after British colonies in countries like Australia, the United States, and Canada started sending cakes in advance to their loved ones as gifts. The cake for this festive season was made in November and was allowed to mature for a month. Then it will be kept in the airtight container for the better taste after adding alcohol like brandy, sherry etc. Earlier, cutting a cake before dawn on the day of Christmas was considered unlucky. 

The Christmas cakes today are symbolized as a ritual, the act of sharing the cake with family or friends. They are made in many different ways now because every culture has contributed to the broad variation of this cake world.