This year Valentine's Day coincides with Chap Goh Mei (which is Hokkien for 15th Night - which marks the last day of Chinese New Year celebration). Chap Goh Mei is also known as the Lantern Festival Day/Yuan Xiao Festival in China. Both Valentine's Day and Chap Goh Mei are associated with romance.
Valentine's Day is a day for lovers to express their feeling for one another. Chap Goh Mei (unofficially known as the Chinese Valentine's Day) is a day where the young unmarried ladies participate in the ritual of tossing mandarins or oranges (inscribed with their contact number) into rivers in the hope that they will be fished out by the love of their lives. It is said that this custom was originated in Penang, Malaysia.
How do you celebrate this double celebration of love? Do you splurge on expensive dinner and gifts for your loved one or the other way around? Personally I find that Valentine's Day has become too commercialised and vastly overrated. I would prefer my loved one to express his love everyday and not only on this specific day.
And this is how I express my love ~
I halved the recipe from my Tri-Colour Butter Cake and made into 6 plain vanilla cupcakes.
- Once the cupcakes are cool, slice off the tops with a sharp knife and cut out a heart shape using your pastry cutter. Set aside.
- Spread your favourite buttercream icing onto the bottom half of the cupcake, making sure not to spread too close to the edge of the cake.
- Put the cupcake back together again (by placing the sliced top onto the iced bottom half of the cupcake)
Please refer to Cookies Cupcakes & Cardio on how to make these pretty cupcakes.