Do you agree that mochi ice cream is the perfect ending to a meal at a top-notch Japanese restaurant? It’s no surprise that this iconic Japanese treat is making its way around the world, with its soft and chewy mochi (a Japanese rice cake) outside and refreshingly refreshing ice cream within.

Mochi ice cream is surprisingly simple to make at home. And far zanier than merely adding a tub of Trader Joe’s mochi ice cream to your shopping basket. Making this mochi ice cream is quick and easy, and you can really put your own spin on it.

This time I’m making vanilla ice cream, but the possibilities are endless! You can make this dish your own by using any flavor of ice cream you like, be it store-bought, homemade, dairy-free, or even sorbet.

How To Make Mochi


What is Mochi Ice Cream?

Glutinous rice is milled into flour to make mochi, which is then baked into a rice cake. It’s eaten all year long in Japan, but notably during the New Year celebrations.

However, instead of using cookie dough, mochi is used as the sweet rice dough surrounding the ice cream in this dish. It’s the perfect complement to ice cream thanks to its amazing spongy texture and subtle sweetness.

What You Need To Make Mochi Ice Cream

  • Calibration cups
  • a little tray
  • Plastic wrap with parchment paper
  • A spoon or a scoop for ice cream
  • Reheat-safe dish
  • Silicone spatula
  • Optional food coloring
  • Rice Flour, or Sweet

How To Make Mochi Ice Cream

Some delicacies, like mochi ice cream, may look difficult to create, but I assure you, it is surprisingly easy. Neither had I ever been able to do so previously. In fact, if you want to engage the kids in the kitchen, this is a fantastic activity for them to take on. To prepare mochi ice cream, follow these steps:

Step 1: Put 12 scoops of ice cream, each about the size of 2 tablespoons, on a tray lined with parchment paper using a tiny ice cream scoop or a spoon. Put this tray in the freezer right away.

Step 2: Wrap a big bowl containing the sweet rice flour, sugar, and water with plastic and place it in the microwave. Put it in the microwave for a minute and see what happens.

Step 3: Remove any lumps from the rice flour mixture with a whisk, then cover with plastic wrap and microwave for a further minute.

Step 4: Stir the rice mixture one more by dipping a rubber spatula in water. The dough has become too sticky to stir at this point.

Step 5: Last but not least, cover it and give it another 30 seconds in the microwave. (Add food coloring now if you’re using it.)

Step 6: Spread out a large sheet of parchment paper on the kitchen surface and sprinkle it with cornstarch (or potato starch).

Step 7: The dough should be transferred to the cornstarch using a moist spatula. Sprinkle additional cornstarch over the dough.

Step 8: Flatten the dough into a rectangle, no thinner than a quarter of an inch. avoid sprinkling cornstarch over the top and bottom of the dough to avoid it from sticking.

Step 9: After you’ve rolled out the parchment paper, put it on a baking sheet and chill it in the fridge until it’s firm. It will take about 30 minutes to complete.

Step 10: 10 Cut the dough into 3-3/4″ (9 1/2 cm) rounds after it has set. Use an empty tin can or glass in place of a cookie or biscuit cutter.

Step 11: Pick up a cornstarch-dusted dough disc and gently brush it off. Immediately after, rapidly place one scoop of ice cream in the middle of the circle. Squeeze the dough together and press it around the ice cream scoop to seal it.

Step 12: Wrap each mochi ice cream ball in cling wrap, seam side down, and return to the freezer until firm. Use the remaining dough discs and ice cream spheres in a similar fashion.

Step 13: The mochi needs to be frozen for at least two hours.

Step 14: Mochi ice cream should be left to soften for a few minutes before eating.


Mochi, a type of Japanese rice cake, can be found in both sweet and savory iterations. Mochitsuki is a Japanese New Year’s custom in which the sweet glutinous rice is steamed and then pounded to form mochi (tiny sticky rice cakes).

This video explaining how Mochitsuki is made is fantastic. The sticky rice flour in this recipe is cooked in either the microwave or the oven to create a quicker and easier version of traditional mochi.