Chinese New Year, 春节, is also know as Lunar New Year. As we say goodbye to the year of the Rat and greet the upcoming year of the Ox, families get together and celebrate with food.
A traditional Chinese New Year Dinner takes days to prepare. However, the only dessert on the table, as far as I can remember, is the sticky rice ball 汤圆. Therefore, I decided to add this lucky bag cake on my Chinese New Year dinner menu. An easy and festive recipe for everyone.
From red lanterns to red envelopes, did you ever wonder why the color red is so popular in China, especially on the Chinese New Year? Red is a good luck color in Chinese culture, believed to scare away spirits of bad fortune.
Therefore, I believe this red lucky bag will be everyone's favorite on the table. I used Suncore Foods Red Beet Powder to achieve this pure dark red. You can also use other food coloring, but you might need to add more food coloring as the color will fade when temperature increase.
Tips for this recipe:
There are a lot of things to prepare in this recipe. To save your time, please follow this order:
Make the batter and cream filling first, and leave in the fridge.
Then make the cake batter and bake.
Cook the crepes while the cake is in the oven.
Be gentle with the crepes when you assemble it. Get the ribbons cut ahead of time and find an assistant to help you tie the ribbon.
Store them in the fridge and cover them up.
Let's celebrate Chinese New Year with this festive cake!