Monday, December 7, 2015

Countdown to Christmas 19 - Breaking the Record!

Forget about the 2-3 kg ( 4-6 lb) family Christmas Cake being considered a large cake! The largest recorded cake was baked in India, by the Uday Samudra Hotel in Kerala - weighing in at 2,500 kg (approximately 500lb). The  Christmas cake was cut into 22,000 portions on Christmas Eve, 2007 and was distributed to the poor and to various charities in the city. Its measurements were about 10 metres (30 feet) in height and  61 cm in width ( 2 feet).  The previous record  had been held by a large cake cut into 19,212 portions from The Mercure Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. 
Largest Christmas Cake - Kerala, India 
I thought this would be a short blog post , with such a straight forward claim to the record. However, it would be remiss of me not to mention the longest Christmas cake - 1068 metres  (3,504 feet). This was not a fruit cake, but rather a version of the chocolate log, also a favourite Christmas cake. This record is held by the Pudong Shangri-la Hotel in Shanghai, China. This cake, created for a charity fundraiser for children with cancer was created by eighty chefs, and assembled by 150 staff on 156 tables. 
No mean feat! 
Longest Christmas Cake - Shangha, China 
Nowhere near a Guiness Book Record but I also want to mention the UK's largest Christmas Cake only because the 2013 record was set by  the Nottingham branch of Red Hot World Buffet, a chain of  restaurants I have eaten at while in England. It was no lightweight - weighing in at 700 kg (1400+ lb) and measuring approximately 6 metres by 3 metres (18 feet by 9 feet).  It claims to be the UK's largest and heaviest Christmas cake. 
UK's Largest Christmas Cake - Nottingham England 
Does size really count in the Christmas Cake Stakes? 
Tomorrow : Christmas Cake Surprise