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Food: The Baking Jin brings mooncake to Cambridge

Autumn lover? Celebrate the season's arrival with a home-baked mooncake. . .


Traditionally baked to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls in September, mooncakes are coming to Cambridge this month courtesy of The Baking Jin. An intricate biscuit pastry case, created with a highly decorated mould, the ‘cakes’ are filled with sweet pastes, most often lotus seed.

“Mooncakes are typically offered as gifts for relatives and friends while celebrating the festival,” explains Jin Yee Chung, aka The Baking Jin. “As the name suggests, they are made in appreciation of the moon.”

Jin started baking seriously after winning the Cambridge Bake Off, our city’s answer to the TV show, back in 2015, wowing judges with his Malaysian flavours and architectural designs (his final showstopper was inspired by the DNA helix). Last year saw him leave his engineering day job to bake full time.

Debuting mooncakes last September, Jin has brought them back for 2021 by popular demand. Available both locally and for national delivery, they come in two sizes (large: 100g, small: 50g) and two core flavours (lotus paste and pumpkin seed; red bean paste and walnuts), with the large versions containing special centres too (salted duck egg lava; pandan coconut custard).

For pricing, ordering and more details visit thebakingjin.com

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