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FIRST CHRISTMAS CAKE OF INDIA

KANNUR: The glory of Thalassery (KERALA) is linked to three 'c's - cricket, circus, and cake. Though the splendor of the first two has dwindled, the sweetness of cake lingers. And to celebrate the 129th year of the first Christmas cake made in India, the Bakers Association Kerala (BAKE) is baking a mammoth 300-ft long cake that weighs 1, 200 kg.

The programme being organized to celebrate the occasion has been named Oru Desathinte Katha. It will be inaugurated by agriculture minister K P Mohanan on January 21 at the Thalassery municipal grounds. The cake will be cut by Union minister of state Mullappally Ramachandran the next day.

"It was in November 1883 that Mambally Bapu made the first cake in India at Thalassery in his Royal Biscuit Factory founded in 1880, " said P M Sankaran, president, BAKE. There was only one bakery other than this in the country then. That was in West Bengal and only catered to the British. "Bapu, however, democratized the concept and popularized British tastes among Malayalis. And it is this making of history that the association is going to celebrate, " Sankaran said.

The cake intends to tell the story of the town and is being designed by M P Ramesh of Cochin Bakery, who is from the Mambally family. "When this idea was conceived a few months ago, I decided that egg would not be an ingredient of the cake in order to enable vegetarians to taste it, " said Ramesh. "And being a piece of history, we decided it should tell the story of Thalassery."

Apart from the history of the town, the cake will also have images of cricket, cake and circus, and that of Sri Narayana Guru, history of communism, and the famous Thalassery biriyani. The top of the cake will also have images of our present political leaders.

"The strawberry-flavoured cake will also have many fragments from the unknown history of Thalassery, " said Ramesh. "This is not something to satisfy your taste buds, but is a piece of art laced with history, " he adds.

The organizers are also brining out a souvenir on the occasion. It would capture the historic moments in the culinary history of the town.
Source- Times of India

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