Christmas cakes hold a special place in many Indian homes, and most of us have fond memories of indulging in decadent, delicious plum cakes. Mambally Bapu, a businessman turned bakery chef from Thalassery, is the culinary genius who created the first-ever Christmas cake. In 1883, an Englishman named Mr. Brown asked Bapu to replicate the plum cake he had brought from England. Brown gave a brief demonstration of cake making and also provided him with a bunch of ingredients. Still, Mambally discarded them and applied his technique. He used local spices and desi ingredients to create the Christmas cake. Mambally presented the cake to Mr. Brown, and Legend has it that Brown certified it as the best cake he had ever had. So when you bite into your plum cake this Christmas, say a silent thank you to Mambally Bapu. And Follow MasalaBox for such exciting stories!