February 12, 2016
Celebrating Chinese New Year With Red Velvet Cupcakes
While living in China, I learned the significance of red in Chinese culture. The color symbolizes good fortune and happiness. With that in mind, I decided to serve red velvet cupcakes at the resort's Chinese-themed brunch and I'm glad I did. Everyone loved it. It was the perfect treat to celebrate the occasion.
These treats are similar with the ones I served at Christmas except for the frosting. What I initially planned to do was cover them with cream cheese frosting. I was worried it would not be able to hold up its shape for a long time with all the layers of fondant on top. I decided to change it to chocolate butter cream frosting the last minute.
To get the festive look, I made toppers associated with Chinese New Year. Flowers and fruits, candies and snacks and lanterns play a part in the festivities.
Orange is an auspicious symbol.
Flowers are also very important as they are believed to bring good luck and good fortune in the coming year.
Lanterns are also displayed in homes and business establishments during the celebration. In fact, Chinese New Year celebration concludes with Lantern Festival.