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The End of the Chinese New Year Celebrations

Monday, 6 February 2012

Chinese New Year Cake-nigella's clementine cake

Chinese New Year or Spring festival is the longest and most important festivity in Chinese culture. It is celebrated from 1st until 15th day of the first month in the Chinese Lunar calendar. The 15th day is the first night of the lunar year to see a full moon, this day is known as 'yuan xiao jie' 元宵節, which means "first night of the full moon" or to Hokkiens, this day is known as 'chap goh mei', which is Hokkien for the “15th night”. This day also marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities and is usually celebrated with lots of lanterns, rice dumplings and oranges.

Chinese New Year Cake

In Malaysia and Singapore, this day is also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day. For singles looking for a partner, single women would write their name and contact number on mandarin oranges and throw it in a river, lake or pond, while single men would then try to collect them and eat the oranges. The taste of the oranges is believed to give them an indication of how their possible love life would be - sweet represents a sweet and joyous love, while sour...well, you know...

Chinese New Year Cake

This cake is Nigella's clementine cake. Instead of clementines, I used 450 g of Mandarin oranges. The design of this cake is adapted from e's joie. The oranges, flowers and the white sheet of 'paper' that the flowers are sitting on were made using fondant. The leaves and stems were piped out with buttercream.

Chinese New Year Cake-nigella's clementine cake

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