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Microwave Matcha Mochi Cups

photo of a Matcha Mochi Cup

I’m excited to share this new recipe. Not only does it involve one of my favorite foods (mochi), but it’s also gluten-free and pretty healthy for a dessert.

I’ve been wanting to try to make a mochi mug cake for a while now because I’m obsessed with mochi. Of course, the first one I wanted to try was matcha mochi cake.

Because mochi is so dense, it’s not meant to be eaten in large quantities like a normal cake. Even when I make a mochi cake, I cut them into small squares, and one or two squares is enough for me. So I didn’t really want to make it in a giant mug because it would be too much. Also, mochi is hard to eat with a spoon. It’s better to be picked up and bitten into because of the chewy texture.
photo of a spoonful of mochi
So rather than making it in a giant mug, I decided to cook them in these small tea cups. They came out the perfect serving size and you can eat it with a spoon or just pop it out and bite into it.
photo of the mochi cake
These came out perfectly. I love how quick they are to make and the pretty green color. As a bonus, the recipe is gluten free and doesn’t use any oil. One serving is only 215 calories and you get all the health benefits of green tea too.

I guess this technically isn’t a mug cake, but it’s the same idea so I’m including it in my mug cake series. You can view my other mug cakes here.
Matcha Mochi Cups

Matcha Mochi Cups

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian
This matcha mochi cakes are easy to make and are gluten-free!
5 from 1 vote


  • 4 tbsp mochiko or glutinous rice flour
  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp high quality matcha green tea powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 5 tbsp skim milk
  • 1 egg


  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and matcha powder in a small bowl. Make sure to thoroughly mix before adding in liquids or else the matcha powder will separate and you'll end up with many chunks of matcha powder that won't smooth out.
  • Add in the egg and milk and stir until smooth. There may be a few bits of matcha powder that don't completely mix, but that's okay. You'll just have a few dark green specks in your mochi.
  • Take 2 teacups, pour half of the mixture into one and a half into the second teacup. Cook 1 teacup in microwave for 1 min 30 seconds. Repeat with the second teacup. Serve after mochi has cooled


Serving: 0.5of recipe, Calories: 198kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 2g, Sodium: 47mg, Sugar: 25g, NET CARBS: 38

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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12 comments on “Microwave Matcha Mochi Cups”

  1. I like so much , almost all recipe… ??
    Thanks Kirbie

  2. Hello! I absolutely love this idea and really want to try it but recently found out I’m allergic to dairy and eggs (alongside gluten ?), is there a way I can make a vegan version of this? How would that recipe look like?

  3. I was wondering, what matcha green tea powder did you use? Or what do you highly suggest?

  4. I tried making these in tea cups and they expanded a LOT in the microwave. In fact, they looked nothing like in your pictures. The cups themselves were about 85% full. Is it supposed to deflate significantly? How large were your tea cups?

    • My teacups were only half full when I put the liquid batter in. I don’t know what size mine are. I thought they were pretty standard, but maybe they are slightly bigger? If your batter is taking up about 85%, I suggest you pour some into a third cup or maybe even a fourth one. Hope this helps!

  5. Just wondering, but why do you always seem to do cakes one at a time? What happens if you put both the little wee teacups in the microwave at the same time? =O

    • Actually its better to do one at a time because when you put both in at once, they cook unevenly since the microwave is trying to cook them both at once. You end up having too cook them longer to get them to finish cooking, but you also risk overcooking too. So I definitely recommend separately

  6. So pretty! And I love the idea of putting them in tea cups like this.