Snow Skin Mooncake with Custard Filling (冰皮月饼)

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The snow skin mooncake is made with a tender and fragrant mochi wrapper and a creamy custard filling. This recipe does not require special ingredients that are hard to find and you can get everything online if you don’t live close to an Asian market. It’s the perfect recipe to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival.

Snow skin mooncake

Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner and it’s that time of the year that families start to buy or make their favorite mooncakes. Since I posted the traditional mooncake recipe, it has been four years! Last time, when I was trying to figure out the mooncake recipe, it took me a month and countless batches to perfect the recipe. I got quite traumatized and was unable to work on another mooncake recipe until now.

This time I decided to try out the snow skin mooncake. It a new type of mooncake that’s gradually gaining popularity in recent years.

What is a snow skin mooncake?

“Snow Skin” is translated from the Chinese “Bing Pi” (literally meaning “Ice Skin”). The word snow is used because of the color and texture of the mooncake wrapper. Different from the traditional baked sugary pastry, the snow skin mooncake is made with sticky rice flour dough and usually served chilled. Sometimes people also call it a mochi mooncake because the texture is quite like Japanese mochi.

Just like regular mooncakes, snow skin mooncakes can be filled with red bean paste, black sesame paste, lotus root paste, and durian paste (super popular in Southeast Asia).

In this recipe I will be using a custard filling. Buttery, milky and creamy, it’s one of my favorite fillings for dim sum and Chinese pastries.

Snow skin mooncake cut open to show the filling

Two different approaches to making snow skin mooncakes

There are two mainstream methods to making snow skin mooncakes. I’ve tried both and ended up selecting the second approach. And here is why:

1. Snow skin mooncake made with Gao Fen

Gao Fen (糕粉) is also called cooked glutinous rice flour, or fried glutinous rice flour, is a type of processed glutinous rice flour that is used in making mooncakes and Cantonese dim sum. Because the flour itself is cooked, it can be mixed and eaten raw. Most snow skin mooncake recipes use this method, because the recipe is very easy to follow, requires less ingredients, and the end result tastes better.

However, this ingredient is very special and can be hard to find. So far I’ve only seen it in Asian grocery stores and cannot locate any online vendors that sell the product.

There are many online recipes that teach you how to make cooked glutinous rice flour at home. I’ve tried it many times, using different methods (steaming or pan-frying glutinous rice flour), and none of them came out like the product you get in the store.

The store-bought Gao Fen can be eaten raw. It melts in your mouth and it tastes very fragrant. The homemade one on the other hand, no matter how long I cooked it, was still very powdery, did not taste fragrant at all, and left an unpleasant raw taste in my mouth.

We tried many batches of mooncakes using homemade Gao Fen and failed. That’s why we decided to turn to the other method.

2. Snow skin mooncakes made with mochi dough

This approach uses a flour blend – glutinous rice flour, rice flour, and cornstarch. You mix them with liquid ingredients, then steam the mixture to make a cooked dough.

The biggest benefit of this approach is, it doesn’t require Gao Fen. The only special ingredient is glutinous rice flour, but you can easily find it in many grocery stores and on Amazon.

On the other hand, the wrapper does require a bit more steps to make and the result is a bit less fragrant than the one made with Gao Fen.

If you live in an area that’s far from an Asian market and you cannot find Gao Fen, I highly recommend trying out this recipe. It yields a dough that is relatively easy to work with, firm enough to mold into the mooncake pattern, yet soft enough to have a good mouthfeel. We also added some vanilla extract to add flavor to the dough. Once you assemble the mooncake, the wrapper goes very well with the creamy custard filling and has a nice texture.

Snow skin mooncakes with custard

How to make snow skin mooncake – workflow

1. Prepare the custard

This recipe uses a standard custard recipe as the base. It contains more flour than regular custard so it is easy to form the mooncakes.

It uses 7 ingredients that are shown in the picture below.

Custard filling ingredients for mooncakes

The workflow is:

(1) Mix the dry ingredients

(2) Heat up the milk and half of the sugar until warm

(3) Mix the egg yolks with the dry ingredients

Mooncake custard filling process step-by-step - preparing eggs

(4) Add the milk into the egg yolk and flour mixture

Mooncake custard filling process step-by-step - tempering the eggs

(5) Cook the mixture until it thickens

Mooncake custard filling process step-by-step - thickening custard

(6) Chill the custard in the fridge


  • Make sure you don’t overheat the milk, otherwise it will cook the eggs and make the filling into a lumpy soup. I usually use a thermometer to make sure the milk doesn’t heat over 150 F (65 C). If you do not have a thermometer, you should heat up the milk over low heat until it’s warmed up but not too hot if you put your finger into the milk.
  • Do not mix the egg yolks with the dry ingredients before you heat up the milk. The sugar will cook the egg yolk and change its texture if added too early.
  • Stir the custard constantly when you heat it up on the stove. The mixture will be very runny at the beginning and will take a few minutes to cook. But once it starts to thicken, it happens very fast, like flipping a switch.
  • Chill the custard completely before forming the mooncake. The texture will harden and become possible to shape once cooled.

2. Prepare the dough

The dough uses 7 ingredients that are shown in the picture below.

Snow skin mooncake dough ingredients

The workflow is:

(1) Combine the dry ingredients

(2) Combine the wet ingredients

(3) Mix the dry and wet ingredients into a very runny batter

(4) Steam the batter until cooked through

Snow skin mooncake dough making step-by-step - mix and steam the dough

(5) Knead the cooked batter into a dough ball

(6) Chill the dough ball in the fridge

Snow skin mooncake dough making step-by-step - knead the dough


  • You can add different extracts into the dough. Almond, rose, and pandan extracts all work in this recipe.
  • You can add food coloring into the dough. Many recipes use a few drops of red or green food coloring to make pink and pale green mooncakes.
  • Knead the dough once it’s steamed. The texture of the dough will soften a lot and become more palatable once kneaded.
  • Chill the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, so it hardens up a bit for the molding.
  • It’s possible to make the dough ahead of time and chill it overnight. But we’ve found that the freshly made dough is easier to mold and tastes slightly better.

3. Make dough and filling balls

Once you’ve chilled the custard and the dough, shape them into balls.

Doughs and filling setup for making snow skin mooncake

The easiest and most consistent way is to use a scale to measure out the portions. But if you don’t have a scale, you can use a tablespoon to measure one round tablespoon of dough and one round tablespoon of filling.

In this recipe, I used 25 grams of filling and 25 grams of dough. For the dough, I measured out a bit more dough to make a larger wrapper, so it’s easier to assemble the mooncakes. Once you wrap the mooncake, it will form more dough on top where you seal the filling. You can pinch off the extra dough so the mooncake skin will be even and thin throughout. It eventually makes a 45-gram mooncake (25 grams of filling + 20 grams of dough).

Once you’ve shaped the dough and filling into balls, cover them with plastic wrap again, and chill them in the fridge for another 30 minutes before molding. Otherwise, the ingredients will be too soft and won’t keep their shape in the mold.

4. Assemble the mooncakes

To assemble the mooncakes, you need to:

(1) Roll a dough ball into a thin wrapper.

(2) Wrap the filling like you would wrap a dumpling (sort of).

(3) Pinch off the extra dough formed on top of the filling.

Assemble snow skin mooncake


  • You can use your hands to form the wrapper as well. Although I found that a rolling pin yields a thinner and more even wrapper.
  • Do NOT dust your working surface with extra flour. The dough contains enough oil so it won’t stick to your working surface easily. Adding extra flour will change the texture of the dough.
  • You can wear a pair of disposable gloves when you work on the mooncakes. Personally I like to shape the dough using my hands.

5. Mold the mooncake

To speak the truth, the “mochi” you’ve made at this point is kinda ready to eat and tastes delicious. But of course, you’ll need to mold them into beautiful patterns to call them mooncakes.

To make this happen, you need a mooncake mold. The traditional ones are made of carved wood. But I found that plastic molds are easier to source and quite easy to use. You can find them in Asian markets or on Amazon.

To mold the mooncake, you need to:

(1) Dust the assembled ball with a thin layer of cornstarch.

(2) Fit the ball into the mooncake mold and press for 30 seconds.

(3) Release the mooncake and pray that it comes out perfectly without falling apart.

Molding snow skin mooncake


  • Ideally, you should be using Gao Fen (cooked glutinous flour) to dust the mooncake. But since it’s hard to find, most recipes ask you to cook the glutinous flour in a pan for the coating. I found that step unnecessary because cooking the flour doesn’t eliminate its powdery raw taste. I used cornstarch to coat the mooncake, which is the approach usually used in mochi recipes.
  • The pattern on the mooncake will fade a bit over time, which is unavoidable for any type of snow skin mooncake. Store-bought mooncakes use additives and are sometimes frozen to keep the mooncake in a perfect pattern. That’s why homemade ones might look less perfect, but they actually have a much better taste than the store-bought ones.


Last time I made mooncakes, it took me a month to get the recipe right. This time, it took two people and around 30 hours of work to figure it out. I guess that’s an improvement! Why two people? Because Omnivore’s Cookbook just brought one more team member on board recently! This great news deserves a bit more space to talk about, so I’ll keep it short here.

Hope you enjoy the recipe! I didn’t have time to make a video this time, but I’ve included as many step-by-step photos as possible. If you’d like to watch a video, leave a comment to let me know!

Happy Mid-Autumn Day!

Snow skin mooncakes in a container

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Snow Skin Mooncake with Custard Filling - The snow skin mooncake is made with a tender and fragrant mochi wrapper and a creamy custard filling. This recipe does not require special ingredients that are hard to find and you can get everything online if you don’t live close to an Asian market. It’s the perfect recipe to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Snow Skin Mooncake with Custard Filling (冰皮月饼)

4.7 from 10 votes
The snow skin mooncake is made with a tender and fragrant mochi wrapper and a creamy custard filling. This recipe does not require special ingredients that are hard to find and you can get everything online if you don’t live close to an Asian market. It’s the perfect recipe to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival.
The recipe contains more flour than regular custard so it’s easy to form the mooncakes.
Author: Maggie Zhu & Lilja Walter
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: festival food, mid-autumn festival
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total chilling time: 3 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 25 mooncakes (45 grams each)



  • 40 grams (6 tablespoons) cornstarch
  • 5 grams (2 teaspoons) all-purpose flour
  • 112 grams (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 480 grams ((2 cupc) whole milk
  • 30 grams (2 tablespoons) butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 120 grams (1 cup) glutinous rice flour
  • 120 grams (1 cup) rice flour
  • 60 grams (1/2 cup) cornstarch , and extra for coating the mooncakes
  • 100 grams (3/4 cup) confectioners sugar
  • 350 grams (1 and 1/2 cup) whole milk
  • 55 grams (1/3 cup) vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract



Make the custard

  • Mix the cornstarch, all-purpose flour, and half of the sugar together in a small bowl.
  • Place the egg yolks in a large bowl. Stir a few times to mix the yolks.
  • Add the milk and the remaining half of the sugar into a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar completely. Cook until it reaches about 120 F/ 49 C (no more than 150 F / 65 C). You might see a few bubbles here and there. If the milk starts foaming, it’s too hot.
  • While the milk starts to get warm, add the dry ingredients (from step 1) into the bowl with the egg yolks. Whisk until it forms an even paste. Do not add the dry ingredients too early, because the sugar will change the texture of the eggs.
  • Add the warm milk into the egg yolk mixture, about 1/4 cup at a time. Whisk constantly until the milk is fully incorporated into the paste. Continue to add more milk a 1/4 cup at a time and keep stirring, until it forms a thin, smooth mixture and all the milk is added.
  • Return the mixture back into the pot (the one you used to heat the milk). Heat over medium heat and stir constantly, until the mixture thickens, 5 minutes or so. Keep cooking and stirring, until you can draw a line on the bottom of the pot using a spatula. (Note, the custard will start to thicken suddenly, like a switch was flipped. So you should keep a close eye on it.)
  • Remove the pot from the stove immediately. Add the butter and vanilla extract. Stir to mix well.
  • Line a large deep plate with plastic wrap. Place a large mesh strainer on top.
  • Pour the custard into the lined plate over the strainer to smooth out the texture. Use a spatula to press the strainer if any lumps remain.
  • Cover the custard with plastic wrap. Press the wrap against the custard, so it won’t form a skin once it’s chilled.
  • Chill the custard in the fridge until it’s cooled completely, 2 hours or so. Or in the freezer for 30 mins.

Prepare the mooncake dough

  • Prepare a large bowl that can fit into your steamer. Place a large strainer on top.
  • In another medium-sized bowl, add the glutinous rice flour, rice flour, and cornstarch. Mix well with a fork.
  • Line a large mesh strainer over the bowl and sift the confectioner's sugar through it. Use your fingers or a spoon to press the sugar through if any lumps exist.
  • Add the milk, oil, and vanilla extract into a small bowl. Stir to mix well.
  • Use your fork to form a hole in the middle of the flour. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the milk mixture at a time. Stir until the liquid is incorporated into the flour completely. Repeat the process until it forms a very runny batter.
  • Pour the mixture into the large bowl (you prepared in step 1) over the strainer. Press the lumps using a spoon. Once strained, the mixture will thicken a little bit.
  • Prepare a steamer by pouring 1 inch (2.5 cof water into the steamer pot. Cover and heat over medium-high heat until boiling. Place the bowl with the batter into the steamer rack. Place the rack over the boiling pot. Cover and steam until the batter is cooked completely, 15 to 20 minutes. After 15 minutes, examine the dough by inserting a spoon into the middle. The spoon should come out clean, and the dough should feel very stiff.
  • Once done, remove the lid, and transfer the steaming rack with the bowl onto your kitchen counter to cool off for a few minutes.
  • Fold a kitchen towel a few times and place it on your working surface. Remove the bowl with the dough wearing oven mitts, and transfer the bowl onto the towel.
  • Scrape the dough from the bowl and knead it using a spoon, until it forms a dough ball, 5 minutes or so.
  • Transfer the dough onto a clean surface. Note, do not add any flour onto the surface or dust your hands with it. Knead the dough using your hands until it’s smooth, 5 minutes or so. The dough will soften once done.
  • Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Ingredient storage

  • You can keep the dough and the custard filling refrigerated for a couple of hours, up to overnight, until ready to assemble. The dough will become a bit stiff if you chill it overnight. If you want the freshest taste, you should assemble the mooncakes the same day you make the dough and filling.

Assemble the mooncakes

  • Form the custard into balls - Measure 25 grams of filling (about 1 round tablespooand use your hands to press and roll, until it forms a ball. You can wear rubber gloves to help with this process.
  • Transfer the filling balls into a container and cover it with the lid. Chill for another 30 minutes.
  • Form the dough into balls - Measure 25 grams of dough (about 1 round tablespooand use your hands to roll it into a ball. Place the dough balls into a container and cover. Chill in the fridge until the custard is ready to use.
  • Place the dough ball on a clean working surface. Use a rolling pin to roll it into an even, thin, round disc that is about 4” (9 to 10 cin diameter. Carefully remove it from the surface onto your palm.
  • Place a custard ball in the center of the wrapper. Use your other hand to gather the wrapper onto the top of the custard filling. The dough sheet will start to form pleats and create a thicker layer. Try to pinch the extra dough together using your fingers, and pinch off the dough. The process will keep the mooncake skin even and thin, to create a better mouthfeel. Once done, place the mooncake onto a plate, pleated-side-down. Loosely cover it with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out. Repeat the process to wrap the rest of the mooncakes.

To mold the mooncakes

  • Install the pattern plate into the mooncake mold, with the pattern side facing downward. If you’re using the round shape, you can twist the lever of the mold so the pattern plate will snap onto the lever. It’s not required but it makes the process a bit easier.
  • Dust the mooncake with a very thin layer of cornstarch. (*Footnote 1)
  • Carefully place the wrapped mooncake balls into the mold, smooth surface against the pattern plate.
  • Place the mold onto a clean, flat surface. Gently press the lever until the dough is against your table surface. Hold it for at least 30 seconds. It will help the pattern to form. Once done, push the lever to release the mooncake. Repeat the process to mold all the mooncakes.
  • The mooncakes are ready to eat!


  • Transfer the mooncakes into an airtight container. Store them in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. To enjoy the mooncakes with a better texture, transfer them to your kitchen counter and wait for them to return to room temperature. You can eat the chilled mooncakes, but the skin will be a bit stiff.
  • Note, do not freeze the mooncakes. This will change the texture of the custard and make it very grainy.


  1. Most mooncake recipe calls Gao Fen (or cooked glutinous rice flour) for this step. If you have Gao Fen on hands, you can use it for the dusting. If not, simply uses cornstarch and the result will be good as well.


Serving: 1mooncake (45 grams), Calories: 137kcal, Carbohydrates: 25.1g, Protein: 2.4g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1.6g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 25mg, Potassium: 56mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 10.3g, Calcium: 43mg
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This recipe is brought to you by Lilja Walter and Maggie Zhu. We worked closely together during the process. While Lilja took the lead on recipe development, including research, recipe creation and testing, and making the final product. Maggie participated in the whole process to make decisions on the overall direction and was in charge of the writing, photography, and final production of the blog post.

Snow Skin Mooncake with Custard Filling - The snow skin mooncake is made with a tender and fragrant mochi wrapper and a creamy custard filling. This recipe does not require special ingredients that are hard to find and you can get everything online if you don’t live close to an Asian market. It’s the perfect recipe to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

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Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Anya says:

    Hi Maggie, thank you for this great recipe. I want to try making it and I have access to 糕粉, but I think I missed the part that explains how to make dough with it. Could you please point me in the right direction?

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Anya, unfortunately I don’t have the dough recipe with Gao Fen. We started out testing it, but before perfecting the recipe we decided to change direction because the ingredient is kinda hard to find. I recommend you to follow this video if you want to make the mooncake dough with Gao Fen:
      It’s pretty simple, you basically make the dough by mixing Gao Fen, confectioners sugar, cold water and shortening. No need to cook it and can use it to wrap the mooncake directly.

      • Anya says:

        5 stars
        Thank you so much for the advice and for the effort you put into researching and trying the recipes! Despite living in Beijing for 7 years, I’ve never cooked Chinese food until I discovered your blog last year. First, I realized that even what you call a very long list of ingredients is not too scary as I can find most of them in my pantry or in the shop nearby. And second, all the dishes are so delicious – and so much better than what most local restaurants serve. Never thought I’d move on from cooking Western food but after 6 years I guess it was just the right time to embrace China more. Truly you have opened a whole new world to me. Thank you!

  2. Erica says:

    Have you also posted a recipe for how to make it with Gao Fen or could you recommend one? Thanks.

  3. Sabrina says:

    5 stars
    thank you for sharing this dish, have never seen anything like it, but love all of these ingredients

  4. XiaoHwa says:

    4 stars
    This recipe intimidated me because, although I’m an avid cook and baker, I’m still a novice at Asian desserts. The custard came out a bit too soft to roll so I ended up scooping into the wrapper, which was easy enough as I’ve made thousands of dumplings and the wrapping technique is similar. Steaming the dough took MUCH longer as well.

    I would love some advice on making my imprint more visible. I took your advice to hold down for 30 seconds and had to adjust to 60 seconds and still the imprints faded within a few hours.

    Overall, delicious. I just need to work out the details.

  5. Vallary says:

    These are so pretty! To make these gluten-free, do you have a suggestion on what to use in the filling in place of flour? I assume I cannot use the filling from the traditional mooncake recipe instead, as it looks like those are cooked after assembly. Thanks!

      • Tom Tom says:

        Hi Maggie, will changing the wheat flour to gluten free flour work? Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Ella Green says:

    5 stars
    Hi, I was wondering if I could replace the whole milk for the custard with 2% milk? I made this recipe once before, and it was so delicious! My family gladly devoured it! I want to make it again for a party soon, but I only have 2% milk on me. Would it really change anything?

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Ella, I’m glad to hear you liked the recipe! I’m pretty sure you need to use whole milk to make the custard because the fat percentage in the milk will affect the texture of the custard. I’ve tried skim milk once in the past and it didn’t work.

  7. Ruby says:

    The custard cake out as regular custard and couldn’t form balls…it seems like it didn’t thicken the same after overnight cooling. Any tips?

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Ruby, the only reason I can think of is, you might have cooked custard too short. It should form a very thick paste at the end of cooking, not runny. Then it will firm up further more when chilled. This recipe contains a lot more starch and flour than regular custard, to thicken the filling.

  8. Yael says:


    Since you have said that the dough is “mochi style”, and that some places keep these in the freezer, I got to wondering – do you think they could work with an ice cream filling?

    • Maggie says:

      I’m not sure because I’ve never tested this recipe in the freezer. You can always try it out.
      For a more accurate recipe, you can check out this one:
      Nami has very solid Japanese recipes and they always work 🙂

      • Yael says:

        Thank you!

  9. Lou says:

    The custard taste good but I doubt it can be used for wrapping. Like another comment, it’s way to soft. Good for choux pastry cos it’s the same recipe but to make into a ball, nope. Cannot be done…

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Lou, I’m sorry to hear the recipe didn’t work out for you. If the custard is too soft, it’s probably because you didn’t cook it on the stove long enough.
      After we tested many recipes, we did ended up chosing a formula to use minimal starches in the custard to enhance its taste. Unfortunately, it will make it a bit trickier to achieve the correct consistency of the custard…

    • Cat says:

      3 stars
      Loved the idea but no matter how much I kneaded, the dough came out so grainy. custard flavor was ok but overall kind of a meh recipe. No oomph to the flavors. I’m not saying they had to be so strong. But it all just tasted of milk and sugar and grainy rice . Next time I might try more of the extracts. My search for the perfect snow skin moon cake recipe continues.

  10. Michi says:

    5 stars
    Hello Maggie,

    Thank you for sharing the recipe!
    I plan to make this for the moon festival, and plan to ship the mooncakes across the country. How do I preserve the flavor, shape, and texture during the shipping process?

    • Maggie says:

      This mooncake is quite delicate – the filling is made with eggs so it’s not suitable for long-term storage. The skin is also a bit fragile, so I’m not sure if it will survive the shipping if it’s not overnight. One thing you can try is to place individual mooncake in cupcake paper cups and place them in a snug container with a few layers kitchen towel to pat the top, so they don’t wiggle in the container. You can place a cold pack outside of the container so the mooncake will keep cool and fresh without freezing.

  11. Sarah says:

    Thank you for the recipe! I tried it out and it tasted amazing!
    However, within the next day, the skin hardened and it was no longer soft. I stored it in an airtight container in the fridge.
    Is that the appropriate way to store it? How can I maintain the soft texture of the skin?

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Sarah, the mooncake skin will harden when it’s cooled. The best way is to let the mooncake rest in the room temperature so the skin will turn a bit softer before eating.

  12. Keats says:

    Hi Maggie, my snowskin dough turned out to be very very sticky ): It was all stuck onto my hands when I was kneading. What could have gone wrong?

    • Maggie says:

      It’s probably due to the liquid amount. Sometimes the brand of flour you get will affect the liquid amount. If the dough is super sticky, the best you can do is to dust it with extra flour when working with it.

  13. Emily says:

    I’m looking to try this recipe this year and am thinking of adding durian paste into the filling. Do you have a recommendation of how much I can add in and not alter the texture too much? Thank you!

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Emily, I’m afraid I don’t have a great answer without testing the recipe.
      You will want to work with a filling that is shapable after chilling. If you add the durian, you might need to slightly adjust the cornstarch amount so the filling won’t be too soft. On the other hand, if you add too much starch, the result will taste gritty and not very good. This filling is already on the soft side because I want to keep a smooth texture. I cannot provide an exact amount for durian filling without testing. Sorry about that!

  14. Yanli says:

    Hi, can I use salted egg yolk? The ones listed under the custard ingredients are chicken egg yolk right? Thank you.

    • Maggie says:

      Yes, the ingredients listed in the custard filling is regular raw chicken egg yolk.
      You can totally use salted egg yolk (cooked) but it will be a different recipe. For example, you can use lotus seed paste or red bean paste to wrap the salted yolk, then use the snow mooncake skin from this recipe to press it with the mooncake mode.
      It’s the type of filling from this recipe:

  15. Jeff says:

    Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! My family also love mooncakes, thanks for sharing the recipe so that we can make them ourselves! And the part about different approaches for doing snow skin mooncake is very interesting too.

  16. jane wu says:

    How many mooncake can you make with this recipe?

    • Maggie says:

      You can make 25 small mooncakes (45 grams per mooncake).

      • Rylei says:

        Hi may I know if it’s possible to replace the rice flour with something else? Like plain flour or tapioca starch cause I just realise I don’t have it :/ I only have glutinous rice and cornstarch rip

      • Maggie says:

        I’m afraid I don’t have a great answer without testing it out. Sorry!

  17. Elle says:


    What about using mochiko or shiratamako? Would japanese flour be easier / cut down the number of steps? Thank you!

    • Maggie says:

      Interesting suggestion but I won’t able to tell until testing it out. The issue of making this type of mooncake is to make the skin hard enough so you can mold it with patterns, but soft enough so it tastes good. If you only use sticky rice flour (any type), the result will be too soft and the shape wouldn’t stay. That being said, next time I’d love to try out mochiko and see how it turns out.

      • Malli says:

        If you were to try mochiko, I’d be interested in where you’d start in terms of substitutions. Do you think you would you still need plain rice flour, just replacing the glutinous rice flour? Or would you first try with the full amount of both flours? I know you haven’t tested but curious to know where you might think to start!

      • Maggie Zhu says:

        You can use the mochiko to replace glutinous rice flour. And you will still need the plain rice flour.

  18. Billy says:

    5 stars
    Just wanted to say I made these today for the mid-autumn festival and they were amazing! The custard took a while to thicken, but set up nicely. We added matcha and cocao powder to make different colors, and they were amazing! This recipe was pretty easy to follow and tasted great! Thanks so much 🙂

  19. Nhu says:

    Have you ever tried to use this custard filling to make normal baked mooncakes? I have a bunch of extra traditional skin and wanted to try some new fillings!

    • Maggie says:

      I’ver never tried it but I suspect you can. You might need to use a bit more dough to hold the custard since the filling turns very soft after baking.

  20. Maite says:

    Hi! Can I substitute the glutinous rice flour for wheat starch? Thanks!

    • Maggie says:

      I’m afraid I don’t have a good answer without re-testing the recipe.

  21. Anita says:

    Hi question. Is the recipe using regular glutinous rice flour or the Gao Fen? I have both available and not sure which one your recipe calls for? For gao fen, it still needs to be cooked/steamed? It’s just more fragrant?

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Anita, I used regular glutinous rice flour in this recipe because Gao Fen is quite hard to find. If using gao fen, the entire recipe will be different.

  22. K says:

    5 stars
    These were my first attempt at moon cakes. There were things that went a little strange like not really wet dough, but in the end it all turned out fine. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  23. Cherry says:

    5 stars
    I loved this recipe, simple and easy to follow. I made the dough and left it covered in an air conditioned room (I live in SG), and I went back to work on it few hours later and it was the perfect texture to work with. Thank you for the recipe! It’s my first time making any sort of mooncake and am very happy with the results!

  24. Mavis says:

    hi, can i use the filling recipe for traditional mooncakes instead? wouldn’t they make the dough soggy or crack upon baking?

    • Maggie Zhu says:

      You can use other fillings such as lotus seed or red bean paste. You just need to make sure the fillings are cooked already since this recipe does not require baking (the skin is cooked first and you will serve it directly after the assemble).

  25. Melissa Milonas says:

    5 stars
    Thank you! We loved these! I would also add to your recipe for the custard part to describe how long to cook it for. I did not cook it long enough and ended up having to heat it again with additional cornstarch so that it was firm enough to roll into a ball. It was still delicious and worked out in the end but it was an added step. I did read through your reviews after and saw others had similar issues. It’s not a traditional custard texture so I think that’s where the mix up is. I am a pretty seasoned baker and have made pastry cream many times and so I was making it that consistency but it did not firm up in the fridge. Thanks again for this amazing recipe!

    • Maggie Zhu says:

      I’m so glad to hear the recipe worked out for you! Yes I do got a lot of questions on the custard texture. It was tricky to provide a cooking time, because it can vary a lot due to the stove type and the output. That being said, your suggestion is super helpful and I will retest the recipe to get a cooking time. Maybe I also should shoot a video to demonstrate the process.
      Thanks so much for your thorough feedback 🙂

  26. Jana says:

    Hi! I’m going to try to make this in the next couple days. Really excited. 😀 Also, just so you know… the rice flour Amazon link goes to the moon cake mold instead.

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