Tamarind Tree welcomes festive season with special giant cake

Tamarind Tree Hotel's Nairobi General Manager John Musau (in pink) leads chefs in preparing a fruits, nuts and alcohol mix for use in baking a 150kg cake for the holidays, November 12, 2020.

Cakes come in different shapes, sizes and flavours but have you ever had a bite of one made of fruit nuts and alcohol?

Well, the festive season is here so Tamarind Tree Hotel is preparing a giant 150 kilogram cake using an assortment of nuts and different kinds of alcohol.

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Executive Chef Robai Wamoto says the cake will have 11 types of fruit nuts, more than 21 litres of alcohol and spices.

The fruit nuts include cranberry, blackberries, red cherries, green cherries, mixed peels, almond whole, cashew nut, macadamia, raisins - dried grapes, sultanas – a variety of dried grapes, and walnuts, all in different measurements.

Tamarind Tree giant cake

Tamarind Tree Hotel chefs pour different kinds of alcohol into a fruits and nuts mix that will be used to prepare a giant cake that will be served during Christmas festivities, on November 12, 2020.
 

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The nuts will be mixed with spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, three litres of honey and decanted coconut.

Thereafter, alcohol will be poured into the mixture before it is left to ferment for 40 days in a huge container measuring a metre high and three metres long.

Tamarind Tree giant cake

A mixture of alcohol, fruits and nuts, which chefs at Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi, will use to prepare a giant cake that will be served during Christmas festivities, November 12, 2020.

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Ms Wamoto says Jameson, Bacardi, Viceroy, Malibu, Captain Morgan, Vodka, Rums (Myers), Gin Gibers, Bombay, KWV Ruby, Red Wine, Kenya Cane and White Wine are added to the fruit mixture.

“The fermented fruit will then be mixed with unsalted butter, graduated sugar, eggs whole, bakers’ flour, baking and nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder, caramelised sugar and instant coffee, which is optional, before the cake is prepared,” she explained.

Tamarind Tree giant cake

Chefs at Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi, prepare a fruits, nuts and alcohol mix on November 12, 2020 for use in baking a giant cake that will be served during Christmas festivities.

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Tamarind Tree’s Nairobi General Manager John Musau said the preparation of the giant cake has been a tradition for welcoming the festive season.

The cake is baked just before Christmas and served to customers visiting the hotel, with the proceeds used to support different children’s homes in Nairobi through the hotel’s corporate social responsibility programme, “Bracelet of Hope”.

Tamarind Tree Hotel's Nairobi General Manager, John Musau, at the hotel on November 12, 2020 during preparations to bake a 150kg cake for the holiday season.

“The hotel has been conducting the annual cake-mixing event for the last three years, with the event setting the mood for the December festivities,” said Mr Musau.

“This year’s event is a bit different, what with Covid-19 putting a huge strain on people, but we have decided to lighten the mood by creating hope that all is not lost,” he added.

“We want to show people that we can celebrate even while going through tough times.”

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