Ring in 2018 year of the dog with this adorable Chinese New Year dessert topped with a honeydew dog, lucky mandarin oranges, and sweet grapes. I decorated a vanilla cake to resemble a “hong bao,” also known as a red envelope or red pocket.
When we were kids, my parents always slipped a red envelope and mandarin orange under our pillows the night before Chinese New Year.
The red envelope was a gift to wish happiness and to bless our New Year. It also included a few dollars too! The red color is significant because it symbolizes good luck while the mandarin orange symbolizes prosperity.
Since it’s the year of the dog, I used a dog cookie cutter to easily cut out the dog-shaped honeydew slice for the top of the cake. Since I only need a few honeydew slices for decorating, I was able to save the rest of the honeydew for a yummy fruit salad.
WATCH MY RECIPE VIDEO BELOW to see how to celebrate the year of the dog with something sweet.
It’s super fast to build the red envelope cake, because I’m using a dog cookie cutter, Betty Crocker’s Super Moist French Vanilla Cake Mix, and Wilton’s red (no taste) concentrated paste.