Mid-Autumn Festival, or Mooncake Festival is traditionally about celebrating the beauty of the moon to its fullest. The traditional pastry itself is a complicated confection of a dough made from golden syrup, lye water (?) and lotus bean past, salted egg yolks. Even without the complex recipe, the flavors aren't for everyone.
For American palettes, who doesn't love cake? The cake pop craze isn't slowing down, so I used a similar technique. I broke up a sheet cake (cake mix, from scratch, store-bought, your choice), and mixed up some of our Wicked Finch Farm boozy jam to stick the crumbs together.
When the cake and jam mixture is the texture you like, roll them into balls. Then press the cake into a mooncake mold. I purchased mine on Amazon.com There are lots of sizes and shapes. If you don't have a mold, there is no reason you can't free form it! You can also press it into a biscuit cutter.
Dust with powdered sugar to highlight the decorative patterns and make them easier to pick up.