Mochi Stuffed Matcha Muffins

I am a big fan of mochi, just love its texture. Recently I’ve been trying to incorporate mochi into desserts and the results are always surprisingly good!

I shared a mochi stuffed no knead bread recipe a while ago, and today I’m sharing this mochi muffin recipe. They’re definitely not your average muffins. Don’t think I’ve seen these muffins anywhere else before. Your friends and family will for sure love these unique, interesting muffins!

Mochi Filling

  • 40g glutinous rice flour
  • 7g cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 15g sugar
  • 5g butter
  1. Combine and mix all the ingredients except butter
  2. Transfer batter to a greased container, microwave 1-2 min until it’s set, stir halfway through. When it’s cooled a bit, add a small piece of butter, mix until it’s fully incorporated.

Crumble Topping

flour, ground almonds, sugar and cold butter 12g each

  • Formula for crumble topping is 1:1:1:1 of flour, ground almonds, sugar and butter, easy to remember
  • For matcha flavor: substitute 1 tsb flour with matcha powder
  1. Combine and mix all the dry ingredients
  2. Add cold butter (cut into small pieces)
  3. Work into dry mixture with your fingertips until pea-sized lumps form, refrigerate for later use

For the muffins

  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 60g milk
  • 95g ap flour
  • 1/2 tbs matcha powder
  • 1 tsb baking powder
  • 65-70g sugar

Use any milk you like: milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc.

  1. Soften butter in room temperature, combine with sugar, beat until butter becomes fluffy and has a yellowish-white color.
  2. Add whisked egg (room temp.) in several additions, make sure the egg is well incorporated each time.
  3. Sift in half of dry ingredients (flour, matcha powder, baking powder), combine with mixer (low speed).
  4. Pour in milk, mix at low speed with mixer. Then add remaining dry ingredients, mix with mixer.
  5. Fill 1/2 muffin cups with the batter, than add 15-20g prepared mochi to each.
  6. Cover mochi with remaining batter, add crumble toppings. Bake at 180 C for 25-30 min

These mochi muffins taste the best when served hot. Let the magic happen:

Melting mochi center, soft muffins and crumb topping together create a very interesting, one of a kind texture.

Black sesame flavored muffins with original crumble topping are also worth trying. Recipe for making black sesame muffins: here


video recipe using similar technique
Chinese version

(4) Comments

  1. Yuan says:

    Hi! Does the mochi stay soft the next day? Thank you!

    1. ziqiu says:

      Hello there! I recommend microwave the muffin for about 10 sec so the mochi becomes soft and sort of melts!

  2. Suzanne Liew says:

    I tried the recipe but my cupcakes ended up being brown and the crumble was black… is this because I overcooked it? Or could it be the type of matcha I am using ????

    1. ziqiu says:

      Hi there, thank you for the message. Yes some matcha powders do end up with brown-ish colour, instead of vivid green. I used 御抹茶 (found images here:
      It is possible that the oven burnt the crumb topping. To prevent this you can place aluminum foil on top of muffins once the colour is ideal, and continue baking until fully cooked (inserted toothpick comes out clean). Hope this helps!

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