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It is customary in Chinese culture to send a box of cakes and cookies along with the wedding invitation to close friends and family. These cakes are not the traditional fluffy cake with frosting, but more pastry like with a flakey crust. They are typically filled with lotus paste and have a red double happiness stamp.
For the reception, it is considered bad feng shui to have a cake split into pieces. So even if the bride and groom choose to serve cupcakes or an assortment of desserts, they should have a cake for the cutting ceremony. The cake can be circular, which represents unity, or a square, which represents the earth. They may have a double happiness design or a dragon and phoenix.
The most popular Chinese cakes are airy white cakes with a whipped cream filling and frosting. The filling contains fresh fruit, which symbolize different things. Peaches, plums, and ginger represent longevity, coconuts symbolize togetherness, and oranges represent wealth. Avoid using pears because their name ‘li’ sounds like the word for divorce.
If you’re like us, you may not be a fan of Chinese cakes. If you think the Chinese relatives may prefer it, you can serve them from a separate sheet cake in the kitchen or have some double happiness topped cupcakes.
Some people are choosing to combine the traditional double happiness/dragon and phoenix designs with some fun elements, such as takeout boxes and fortune cookies. We love the following cake toppers: