Lemon & Poppy Seed Cupcakes

Yellow is an extremely symbolic colour and its meaning varies depending on the country: In Europe, yellow is considered to be the colour of amusement and optimism as well as ambivalence and contradiction. In China and other parts of Asia, yellow has strong historical and cultural associations: considered to be the colour of happiness, glory, and wisdom, yellow represents “the middle”, which is one of the five directions of the compass. China is called “The Middle Kingdom” and The Emperor’s palace was considered to be in the exact center of the world- The legendary first Emperor of China was called “The Yellow Emperor”, and after the Song Dynasty, bright yellow could only be worn by the emperor himself… Continue reading “Lemon & Poppy Seed Cupcakes”

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Pear & Caramel Layer Cake

Pears are not only a delicious winter fruit, they’re also considered to be a symbol of Christmas, represented and immortalized alongside a partridge in the XVIIIth century English Christmas Carol “The Twelve days of Christmas”, which is a cumulative song that enumerates increasingly grand gifts, given on each of the twelve days of Christmas… Continue reading “Pear & Caramel Layer Cake”