Mooncake Molds

wood mooncake mold square design

Mooncake History

Mooncakes are an ancient Chinese pastry traditionally made and eaten for the Mid-Autumn Festival.  The festival is celebrated on the night on the 15th of the 8th lunar month and is also referred to as the "Night of the Moon".  The celebration date typically falls late September to early October.

During the festival revelers moon watch and eat slices of mooncake served with tea.  The mooncakes are often offered as gifts to friends and family at festival gatherings.

Mooncake Molds

These molds are some of the many traditional patterns used for making Chinese mooncakes.  The older wooden molds are still made but have become harder to find since plastic molds have been introduced in the market.  The plastic molds are easier to clean and function well but they do lack the natural beauty of the wood pieces.
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Fun Fact about Mooncake Molds

Care Of Wooden Molds

Properly cared for, your mooncake molds will last a life time.  

  • Never allow the molds to sit or soak in water.
  • After each use brush out the inside of the mold with a stiff bristle brush making sure no dough is left in the mold. 
  • Lightly oil the mold area with a cloth dipped in vegetable oil.
  • Clean the mold right after each use and don't allow any dough to dry inside the mold or it will be difficult to remove.
  • Make sure the mold is clean and dry before storing.
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Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of GourmetSleuth.com she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.