Sarova Panafric’s boozy Christmas Cake

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Mixing the Christmas Cake at Sarova Panafric's annual Cake Mixing photographed by Susan Wong Nov 2011 1

For Christmas fanatics, it’s that time of the year again, time to start on your Christmas Cake, really!

A type of Fruitcake, Christmas Cake is a popular festive treat served in mostly Commonwealth countries. Usually packed with alcohol-plumped dried fruits, Christmas Cakes are known for its moist, rich, flavourful and dense consistency.

More booze the better!

The secret behind the tastiest Christmas Cakes is in the dried fruits. The sooner you start soaking your fruit mixture in brandy, whiskey, rum and other liquors – the tastier the cake!

Every year Sarova Panafric bakes a whopping 100 kilos of the most flavourful and rich Christmas Cake in Nairobi. Secret recipe aside, Panafric’s famous Christmas Cake also is the result of the pastry team’s patience – six weeks to be exact. Some things are just worth the wait!

Panafric’s team plans to let their fruit, spice and nut mixture soak for six weeks, whilst feeding it with a special blend of liquors on a weekly basis.

When the cake is baked at last, one can only imagine what the smell in Sarova Panafric’s kitchen will be like! The slightest whiff of the cake’s aromas will be enough to recall the most distant of Christmas memories.

Keeping tabs on the Christmas Cake

Thanks to Sarova Panafric, Capital Lifestyle will be bringing you the latest progress on the 100 kilos of Christmas Cake. Plus, stay tuned to Capital Lifestyle for never before seen photos from the secret kitchens of Sarova Panafric!

CakeBlog: Photo Credits Susan Wong 2011 © All rights reserved.

Musician, Amani with Anthony Ngunga General Manager at Sarova Panafric's annual Cake Mixing photographed by Susan Wong Nov 2011
Kenyan Musician Amani with Anthony Ngunga, General Manager of Sarova Panafric during the Christmas Cake Mixing event (Nairobi, Nov 12 2011)

Mixing the Christmas Cake at Sarova Panafric's annual Cake Mixing photographed by Susan Wong Nov 2011 2
Mixing the Christmas Cake at Sarova Panafric's annual Cake Mixing photographed by Susan Wong Nov 2011
Mixing the Christmas Cake at Sarova Panafric's annual Cake Mixing photographed by Susan Wong Nov 2011 5
Mixing the Christmas Cake at Sarova Panafric's annual Cake Mixing photographed by Susan Wong Nov 2011 4
Mixing the Christmas Cake at Sarova Panafric's annual Cake Mixing photographed by Susan Wong Nov 2011 3

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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