Easy Mooncake Recipes To Try DIY-ing This Mid Autumn Festival

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Mid Autumn Festival is all about colourful lanterns and tasty mooncakes. Many of us get our mooncakes from hotels, restaurants and even home based bakers (HBB) who guard their mooncake recipes with care! Every year, different hotels and restaurants outdo themselves and each other by using lavish mooncake boxes, so beautiful that you’d keep them to store little trinkets and jewellery after you’ve devoured the mooncakes.

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But did you know you can find just as beautiful and ‘atas’ looking mooncake boxes on Shopee? Now all you need is a mooncake recipe to make your own, and presto! You’ve got a very presentable gift for friends and family.

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Now you have a beautiful mooncake box, you need an equally pretty mooncake to seal the deal. No homemade mooncake can be produced without a mooncake mould. Traditionally, mooncakes are moulded using a wooden mould ($7.72) which requires the mooncake to be stuffed, patted and skillfully removed out of the mould.

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Plastic stamp moulds ($3.67) are way easier (and faster) to shape mooncakes, making it a trendy option to opt for. All you need to do is pop the mooncake dough into the mould, press it out and voila — a perfectly shaped mooncake ready to be baked or eaten! Plastic stamp moulds are much easier to use since it removes the hassle of prying the mooncake out of the mould. The best part is that it comes in a variety of different unique shapes and designs, such as those shaped like cute rabbits ($4.77) and even little piglets ($16.72)!

Five easy mooncake recipes for you to try

1. Snow Skin Mooncake Recipe

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If you don’t have an oven but still want to make good ol’ mooncakes, snow skin mooncakes are definitely your best option. The best thing about making snowskin mooncakes is that you can literally make them in any colour you want – all you’ve got to do is change the colour of your food colouring!

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Servings: 6 mini mooncakes

Recipe Ingredients

  • 210g lotus seed paste
  • 50g fried glutinous rice flour (gao fen)
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Food colouring of your choice
  • 60-70g cold water
  • 40g shortening

Recipe Instructions

  1. Split the lotus paste ($15.85, available on wonder_ingredients_house.sg) into six, with each portion measuring about 35g. Roll them into balls and set aside.
  2. Mix and sieve fried glutinous rice flour and icing sugar ($2, available on S-mart) together.
  3. Add vanilla essence ($3.50, available on chungjia87) and food colouring ($2.24, available on evacaely.sg) of your choice to the cold water. Mix well.
  4. Pour the cold water into the flour mixture in batches. Mix until it resembles a soft dough.
  5. Mix the shortening ($7.46, available on wonder_ingredients_house.sg) into the dough until the dough becomes a soft and smooth homogeneous dough.
  6. Divide the dough into six portions; each portion should weigh 25-30g. Roll into balls.
  7. Flatten the dough balls and put the lotus paste balls in. Wrap the dough around the lotus paste so that it is secure, and roll the entire dough into a circle.
  8. Dust with some fried glutinous rice flour and press it through a mould.
  9. Remove from mould and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

2. Biscuit Mooncake Recipe

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Looking for a mooncake with a slightly crispier crust? This biscuit mooncake is definitely for you! No fancy equipment!

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 mini mooncakes

Recipe Ingredients

  • 220g mixed-nut lotus paste
  • 60g honey
  • 24g margarine, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 130g cake flour
  • 1 medium egg, beaten

Recipe Instructions

  1. Split the mixed-nut lotus paste into eight, with each portion measuring about 30g. Roll them into balls and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the honey ($11.90, available on Ken Ken Official Store), melted margarine ($2.66, available on Indogoodies) and vanilla essence ($3.50, available on chungjia87) together. Mix till a homogeneous mixture.
  3. Sift in the cake flour ($3.90, available on Fresh Pasar) and mix till a dough forms.
  4. Allow the dough to refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 175C.
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge, and weigh out 25g dough balls.
  7. Flatten the dough balls and put the lotus paste balls in. Wrap the dough around the lotus paste so that it is secure, and roll the entire dough into a circle.
  8. Dust with some cake flour and press it through a mould.
  9. Give the mooncake a light egg wash.
  10. Put it on a baking sheet and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  11. Remove and allow to cook for 5 – 10 minutes before serving.

3. Agar Agar Mooncake Recipe

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Are you someone that always burns your cookies? Or maybe you just can’t cook to save your life. Not to worry! You still can produce some really pretty and edible mooncakes using this amazing Agar Agar Mooncake recipe! The Agar Agar mooncake is technically the same as with any other jelly, but you still get to see the ‘skin’ and ‘filling’ layers when cutting through. Plus, you need to use these pretty mooncake moulds ($3.28, available on Sweet Cottage) that are specially used for Agar Agar mooncake!

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 large mooncakes

Recipe Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 150g sweet potato, steamed and mashed
  • 100ml water
  • 150ml coconut milk
  • 120g sugar
  • 5g potato starch
  • 2g agar powder

For the agar skin:

  • 5g agar powder
  • 130g sugar
  • 400ml water
  • 100ml coconut milk
  • 1-2 drops of flavouring essence of your choice
  • 1-2 drops of food colouring of your choice

Recipe Instructions

For the filling:

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the filling in a large pot, and bring it to a boil for 5 minutes, or until all the agar powder ($0.90, available from S-Mart) has dissolved.
  2. Remove and pour it into spherical ice cube moulds ($2.41, available from Skyqi.sg) and allow it to set at room temperature. Set aside.

For the agar skin:

  1. In a large pot, mix all the ingredients together and bring to a boil.
  2. Cook for another 5 minutes or until all the agar powder has fully dissolved.
  3. Pour the mixture into the moulds, up to about 2cm.
  4. Allow it to cool at room temperature for 2 – 3 minutes.
  5. Ensure the remaining agar agar mixture does not cool down too much by putting it on the stove on the lowest heat.
  6. Once the agar has partially set in the mooncake mould, put a piece of the filling (it should have slightly set by now), into the middle of the mould.
  7. Pour the rest of the agar mixture to cover it up.
  8. Allow it to set for about 10 minutes at room temperature, before transferring into the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour.
  9. Unmould and serve.

Whatever your level of culinary expertise, you can definitely impress your friends and family with beautiful homemade mooncakes in an equally beautiful mooncake box! If time isn’t on your side and you’re just looking for a quick and easy way to score tasty mooncakes, check out our article on the best traditional mooncakes, or this article on low sugar mooncakes – a perfect gift for the health-conscious friend. Love durian AND snowskin mooncakes? We’ve sussed out the best durian snowskin mooncakes so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds.


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