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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.

"Tangerines in Chinese sounds similar to the word "luck" and orange sounds like the Chinese word for "wealth". Through the play of words, the Chinese is associating the gift of orange and tangerine as having an abundance of happiness and prosperity.
The bright orange color of the fruits also symbolizes 'gold', hence it has an auspicious meaning to bring in good luck and wealth.
This is a very important factor for the Chinese new year celebration.
Hence you will find tangerines and oranges, being displayed in houses, offices and shops as they believe it will usher in good fortune for the occupants". 
    - Source

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.

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