Purple Yam Snow Skin Mooncakes

Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up soon, and my family would buy snow skin mooncakes from local Asian grocery stores. But this year, I decided to make some homemade and healthier ones. The good things about homemade products are that sugar levels can always be adjusted, and I can choose natural ingredients to eliminate any preservatives. Using purple yam in desserts and pastries is now a new food trend, as it has a beautiful purple color for pictures, and it has high nutrition, with low calories. Making Purple Yam Snow Skin Mooncakes seems difficult, but it is actually easy and fun, especially when assembling them.

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Where to Get the Mooncake Mold Press?

You can find them on Amazon. One pack usually comes with multiple styles and patterns, and I think the most convenient one is the mold press. You can simply put the dough in the press and easily create a photogenic mooncake.

Where to Get the Purple Yam Powder?

You can find them in Asian grocery stores, such as PriceSmart, Save on Foods, and T&T Supermarket. Or you can even buy the premade purple yam paste to save time.

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Purple Yam Snowskin Mooncake - pigoutyvr

Purple Yam Snow Skin Mooncakes

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Prep Time 35 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 12 pieces


  • Silicone Spatula
  • Mooncake Mould
  • Saucepan


Snow Skin

  • 30 g rice flour
  • 30 g glutinous rice flour
  • 15 g all-purpose flour
  • 30 g sugar
  • 60 g condensed milk
  • 180 g milk or soy milk
  • 20 g vegetable oil

Purple Yam Filling

  • 3/8 cup purple yam powder
  • ¾ cup milk or soy milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ tsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tbsp condensed milk optional

Coating for Mooncakes

  • ½ cup glutinous rice flour cooked


To prepare purple yam filling:

  • Combine purple yam powder and soy milk in a saucepan. Mix it well.
  • Add sugar, egg, and unsalted butter.
  • Simmer it over low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens and becomes elastic. (This process may take around 30 minutes.)
  • Transfer the mixture into a container with a lid. Let cool to room temperature.
  • When cooled, cover the container and chill in the fridge for later use.

To prepare snow skin:

  • Sift rice flour, glutinous rice flour, and all-purpose flour in a mixing bowl. Add sugar and mix well.
  • Add soy milk, condensed milk, and vegetable oil. Mix well until no clumps.
  • Drain the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with aluminum foil and steam it for 15-20 minutes over medium-high heat.
  • After the mixture is cooked, use a fork to mash it. Set it aside to cool down. If you would like to fasten the process, put it in the freezer for 5 minutes or until lukewarm.
  • Once cool down, knead the snow skin dough to smooth.

To prepare cooked glutinous rice flour:

  • Add glutinous rice flour to a frying pan. Stir-fry it over low heat until cooked. The color of the flour will turn light yellow.

To assemble snow skin mooncakes:

  • Divide the snow skin dough into 12 portions, each in 25 grams.
  • Divide the purple yam filling into 12 portions, each in 21 grams.
  • Sprinkle some cooked glutinous flour onto the dough and flatten it.
  • Wrap the filling with the snow skin dough and seal the edges tightly.
  • Lightly coat it with cooked glutinous rice flour and shake away the excess.
  • Sprinkle some cooked glutinous flour on to the moon cake mold.
  • Put the filled dough into the mold to create a pattern on it.
  • Put the snow skin mooncakes into an airtight container. Chill in the freezer overnight.
  • Transfer the mooncakes to the fridge for 1 hour before serving for a better texture.
Keyword Purple Yam, Snow Skin Mooncake
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Reference: YouTube Video from Two Bites

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