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Family Ties

Family Ties

We hope you all had an enjoyable looong weekend, thanks to Friday being a public holiday. Did you invite the family over for a braai? And more importantly did you remember to pick up a deliciously cool Baked Chocolate Cheesecake from Château Gâteaux for dessert?  Or did you go more traditional and choose our Peppermint Caramel Tart?

Let us not forget the reason why we had a long weekend.  Heritage Day is celebrated on September 24 every year in South Africa. We witnessed some stunningly vibrant traditional outfits worn by proud South Africans, which made us mindful of what natural and cultural history means to human beings.  Share our look back at family ties and why we are who we are.

No matter where in the world you live, you will be connected to your natural heritage. South Africans are particularly spoilt in this regard with Table Mountain, the Wild Coast, the flowers of Namaqualand, the Cango Caves, the Garden Route, the Drakensberg Mountains, the Kruger Park and its rich wildlife, the Karoo, our beautiful beaches, Augrabies Falls.  We haven’t listed all our natural assets by any means, just like the wide choice of indulgent treats we have on offer via our online shop, walk-in stores and new mobile loyalty app!!  This means you can enjoy any of our delectable cakes and desserts wherever you are in our gorgeous country – it can’t get better than that, can it, dear reader?

Cultural wealth is something we all inherit from our ancestors and the towns or cities we live in.

Well, now, we suggested that things couldn’t get any better, but the truth is that they can. Wonderful.  Make a cup of tea, serve yourself a traditional, toffee-soaked Cape Malva Pudding (only available in store), and read on.

What you inherit from your predecessors are rich traditions, customs and values. Practices passed on from generation to generation, like respecting your parents or your teachers and elders.  Customs and formalities surrounding weddings and marriages differ worldwide, but we know that in most cultures, a wedding cake is on the table. Château Gâteaux can help you fulfil the dream of a unique wedding cake – why not try a trio of cakes from our delicious range, decorate them beautifully with flowers, fruit or chocolate delicacies and voilà, you are ready to celebrate tying the knot!!

We love the Icelandic tradition of exchanging books as gifts on Christmas Eve. They make themselves a hot, hot chocolate drink or a glass of ale called jólabland and spend the night reading together.  Jólabokaflod is deeply rooted in how families in Iceland celebrate Christmas as a holiday.

Perhaps our fabulous quick-frozen cakes would do well in chilly Iceland.

Did you know that New Year in Bali is celebrated with twenty-four hours of silence and meditation known as Nyepi?  This usually bustling island comes to a standstill with no travel, work or leisure activities permitted, and no fires may be lit.  Traditional security men known as Pecalang keep a check on people, ensuring that these prohibitions are followed.  However, when New Year’s day dawns, it is full of exuberant energy and celebration. We’re not sure we would do well with keeping silent for twenty-four hours, and if we had to, we would definitely celebrate our release with a 4 Cake Variety Pack from Château Gâteaux. This scrumptious delight that comes in 8 and 12 slices will give everyone something to talk about – yum.

4 Cake Variety

Yee Peng is a beautiful festival that takes place when it is full moon in the 12th month (November) in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Thousands upon thousands of rice paper lanterns float up into the night sky with their tiny candles alight.  Imagine the sight of these mini hot air balloons heading skywards above you.  What a gorgeous tradition.

Part of being South African belongs to the traditional buildings and artefacts we have around us in our villages, towns and cities – from the humble, beautifully decorated hut to the elegant Cape Dutch architecture, the Castle of Good Hope and the Union Buildings. Exquisite indigenous beadwork, cave paintings, and works of art by the likes of Sekoto, Pierneef, Laubser and Sibiya are also part of our rich heritage.  Speaking of rich, have you tried our B-1 Cake, a rich, dark and moist chocolate cake coated in our luxurious B-1 sauce?  If you haven’t, you are in for an indulgent treat, dear cake lover.

We are one of the few countries in the world to have a day dedicated to their Heritage.  September 24 was formerly known as Shaka Day, commemorating King Shaka, who united the Zulu clans, forming the great Zulu nation.  In 1995, this day was confirmed as an official public holiday in South Africa, enabling us to celebrate our diverse cultural heritage and our wonderful Rainbow Nation. 

Château Gâteaux has a proud heritage of recipes handed down through generations of the founder’s family.  How lucky are we all to share in this tradition of fabulously deliciously baked cakes to sweeten our lives?

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