Ring in the cakes, it's Christmas!
Well known bakeries of Kolkata, including Flury's, Nahoum's, Cakes etc, are serving a variety of Christmas special cakes, plum puddings, chocolates and cookies to please your tastebuds
They say if it is Christmas, it has to be cakes and that too from Flury's, the iconic tea room on Park Street. A favourite confectionery amongst Britishers and Indians alike, Christmas revelers in search of moist fruit cakes, plum puddings, rumballs, cookies and chocolates are making a beeline for these delicacies and more in the season of mists and endless partying.
The vintage tea room has a distinct colonial hangover and its a wonder that it is now 90 years old. "Fruitcakes and plum cakes are the most popular buys. However, the plum pudding with a
dash of alcohol is the richest in flavour. There is a rich cake full of candied fruits and almonds and figs, black currant and cranberry, it costs Rs 1000 for a 700 gms and is doing quite well", says Vikas Kumar, Executive Chef of Flury's. On any given day, 10,000 to 15000 customers are queuing up for their favourite cakes at Flury's.
In 1965, Flury's was taken over by the Apeejay Surrendra Group. The organization's patriarch Jit Paul, who is known to be a great fan of Flury's, heard rumours that Mr Flury was going to sell his tea-room and leave the country. Paul immediately brought Flurys under the Apeejay Surrendra Group umbrella. Shirin Paul was given the charge of building the iconic brand. "Flurys is perhaps the only brand in Kolkata which evokes some kind of nostalgia among people, irrespective of age. Flurys is timeless and everyone has a Flurys memory or a favourite cake to share," said Shirin Paul, Chairperson Emeritus, Apeejay Surrendra Group.
Flurys has entered into a strategic expansion drive, with 22 outlets (including Airport, Howrah Station, South City Mall, Acropolis and Salt Lake) across Kolkata and one each in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
If its baklava cake you are longing for, try Nahoum's, a heritage Jewish confectionery in New Market, that has a distinguished old world charm about it. Rumballs, honey light plum cake and rich fruit
cakes are flying off the shelves this time of the year. Prices are reasonable, ingredients remain the same over the years and the current owner Isaac Nahoum takes pride that the quality has not been compromised on over the years. The popular rich fruit cake comes for Rs 300 (for 400 grams), the light plum cake comes for Rs 250 (for 400 grams) and a slice of the chocolate walnut brownie comes for Rs 40.
Cakes, another popular city chain, has over 30 varieties of cakes to please your tastebuds in the season of holly. Dundee cakes, fruit cakes, Yule log cake, tree cake, Santa cake are popular numbers. The walnut cherry fruitcake is priced at Rs 1100 and the hampers are also similarly priced.
The bakery at the Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata has introduced a rainbow cake this year for Christmas and New Year. A 500 gm cake is priced at Rs 1150. The standard fruit cake (350 gm at Rs 400) and plum cake (350 gm at Rs 450) is doing well.
Dundee cakes, plum pudding, cinnamon star cookies, crackle top cookies, chocolate Brunsley cookie, vanilla cookies are popular items at this heritage bakery which reopened in 2013.