MAKING mooncakes has always been fun and exciting for 40-year-old confectioner Marves Low.
She started experimenting using chocolate moulds to make the cube-shaped mini mooncakes four years ago
“My mooncakes are made to resemble mahjong tiles and I package them in nine or 13 pieces in a box for sale based on orders received.
“I am not encouraging people to gamble. It is just something creative inspired by mahjong,” said Low who specialises in teaching students how to make fondant decorations for cakes.
The confectioner from Bukit Mertajam also conducts classes on how to make the mahjong mooncake and has been giving away the sweet delicacy as a gift to her mahjong-loving friends and relatives.
Low said making the mini mooncakes was time consuming as each ‘tile’ was handmade and the mahjong characters had to be carefully inscribed on the bite-sized mooncakes using food colouring.
“I improvised on the standard mooncake recipe. The usual snow-skin mooncake is more powdery but I prefer the texture to be smooth and chewy like mochi.
“I also add orange zest and cranberries into my recipe for a touch of sweet and sour flavours in my mooncake,” she added.
Low said her creation also won her the ‘Creative Mooncake Display Competition’ champion title in 2014.
“My mooncake appeals to women and the elderly as it is made without preservatives and a lower sugar content.”