As you can see, we’ve made them in a variety of shapes and sizes: one rectangle and several round ones. Except for one cake, they’re all topped with white sesame seeds and a dried red date for garnish.
Random tip: save the aluminum pans that come with those pre-made graham cracker crusts. They’re great for making Nian Gao, and you won’t have to go out and buy new aluminum pans. Reduce, reuse, recycle!
Excuse the mess. I ran out of clean kitchen counter space, so they’re lying on top of some newspapers spread out on the washer. LOL The next step is waiting for them to cool to room temp. before putting them in the fridge.