An old family friend asked if I could make the Orange Cake for him but he wants them in small 'trays' as Chinese New Year gifts to his suppliers instead of the normal hampers. Oranges or Mandarins are the most common gift exchange during this time of the year as it signifies gold or 'kam' which means prosperity. And what's better than cakes disguised as Mandarin Oranges? No one will believe its cake insides especially if the 'skin' is made to look like one. So be it ~ 4 sets of Orange Cake in a Tray....with handmade sugar peony and sugar ang-pau (red packet) in a handmade sugar tray complete with sugar linen! I was very pleased with the results. My friend was more than happy when he came to collect it. He wanted to pay me more too!!!
The next day he told me none of his suppliers believe they were cakes and that everything is edible!!! Each and everyone of them told him the Orange Cake is too beautiful to be eaten! Yay! Comments like this made my day.
These are the sugar ang-paus (red packets)
Another customer requested for the 'orange cake' to be wrapped like a hamper.