Moon Cake – Black and White Wednesday

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Moon Cake: A gift from a friend.. For Susan’s Black and White Wednesday.

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I would really like to know if the patterns/imprints on the cakes mean anything! Anyone?

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9 comments to Moon Cake – Black and White Wednesday

  • Beautiful pictures, light and cakes!



  • beautiful clicks as always. ki sundor dekhte cake ta kintu khete kamon eta?

  • Very pretty imprints. Please come to my site and have a look.

  • Soma,
    The moon cake is traditionally eaten by Chinese during their mid Autumn festival, Zhongqiu Festival. Not exactly the pattern, but the moon cake itself is a is said to have brought about revolution.
    The time was the Yuan dynasty (AD 1280-1368), established by the invading Mongolians from the north. The Mongolians subjugated the Han Chinese.

    According to one Chinese folk tale, a Han Chinese rebel leader named Liu Fu Tong devised a scheme to arouse the Han Chinese to rise up against the ruling Mongols to end the oppressive Yuan dynasty. He sought permission from Mongolian leaders to give gifts to friends as a symbolic gesture to honor the longevity of the Mongolian emperor.

    These gifts were round mooncakes. Inside, Liu had his followers place pieces of paper with the date the Han Chinese were to strike out in rebellion — on the fifteenth night of the eighth month.

    Thus Liu got word to his people, who when they cut open the mooncakes found the revolutionary message and set out to overthrow the Mongols, thus ending the Yuan dynasty.

    The pattern I presume is just a way of symbolizing the moon.

  • Outstanding. I really can’t pick a fave, Soma…but I must for BWW. Thanks so much for your shining contribution.

  • Traditional mooncakes have an imprint on top consisting of the Chinese characters for “longevity” or “harmony”, as well as the name of the bakery and the filling inside. Imprints of the moon, the Chang’e woman on the moon, flowers, vines, or a rabbit (symbol of the moon) may surround the characters for additional decoration. From the wiki

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