MOON cakes are an important part of the Moon Festival and their history is as old as the tradition itself.
Making moon cakes for the Cabramatta Moon Festival is Jayne Nguyen from local bakery A One Cake Shop.
There are various legends about the moon cake, including its use in war during the Ming dynasty, but Mrs Nguyen prefers not to dwell on this.
She considers the moon cake an ideal gift for relatives and friends and prefers to focus on the positive symbolic side to the moon cake.
"The moon cake represents wealth, togetherness and family union because the filling is dense — it's all packed together like the bond a family shares," she said. "Inside is a salty egg yolk that represents the moon.
"The moon festival is a chance for families to get together, show love to friends and respect to family.
"People give moon cakes as a sign of love for friends and family."
Mrs Nguyen said the more traditional fillings in the moon cakes were the black bean mash paste, lotus paste and mixed nut combination.
However, a specialty at the cake shop where Mrs Nguyen works is the coconut moon cake.
"It's very unique, modern and not many bakeries sell it," she said. "We also sell moon cakes with taro filling."
Normally moon cakes come in a square or round shape but Mrs Nguyen also sells them in the shape of a pig and fish.
"A long time ago, only the rich could afford to buy a pig or fish. So it means more people can be wealthy and happy," she said.
Mrs Nguyen said the moon cake cooking process involves getting the filling ready, letting the filling cool down after it's cooked, then it's put into pastry and molded before it goes into the oven to be cooked.