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Giant Mochi Ice Cream

This colossal combination of chewy Japanese mochi and creamy ice cream provides a double dose of matcha goodness. The mochi outside is made with glutinous rice flour and matcha powder, while the homemade ice cream center is also flavored with — you guessed it — even more matcha. Green tea lovers, rejoice!

by Rie McClenny featured in How To Make Mesmerizing Japanese Desserts


for 8 servings


  • 7 oz
    glutinous rice flour, shiratamako (200 g)
  • 4 oz
    sugar (115 g)
  • 1 teaspoon
    matcha, fine green tea powder
  • 1 cup
    water (240 mL)
  • potato starch, or cornstarch as needed

Matcha Ice Cream

  • 14 oz
    condensed milk (400 g)
  • 2 ½ cups
    heavy cream (600 mL)
  • 1 tablespoon
    matcha, fine green tea powder
    Calories 514
    Fat 30g
    Carbs 62g
    Fiber 0g
    Sugar 42g
    Protein 7g

Estimated values based on one serving size.



  1. Make mochi. Combine glutinous rice flour, sugar, matcha, and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Whisk until smooth. Cover and microwave for 3 minutes.
  2. Mix well with using a wooden spatula.
  3. Line a 10-inch (25 cm) bowl with plastic, set it aside, and sprinkle your tabletop with enough potato starch to avoid sticking.
  4. Mix the mochi mixture and place on top of the starch.
  5. Roll out the mochi larger than the bowl, about 15 inches (38 cm) across.
  6. Lay mochi over the plastic-lined bowl.
  7. Make the matcha ice cream. In a large bowl, add heavy cream, condensed milk, and matcha. Using a hand mixer, whip until thickened to soft peaks.
  8. Add the ice cream mixture into the mochi-lined bowl. Take the excess mochi and lay it over the middle, encasing the ice cream. Cover with plastic.
  9. Freeze at least 6 hours or overnight.
  10. Bring the mochi ice cream to room temperature for 15-30 minutes before serving so mochi has time to soften.
  11. Garnish with extra matcha on top, if you please.
  12. Enjoy!