Matcha Red Bean Mousse Cake

This matcha red bean mousse cake combines two popular flavors in a beautiful layered dessert that is perfect for afternoon tea or a special occasion!
Matcha Red Bean Mousse Cake

Matcha Red Bean Mousse Cake

I love matcha (green tea) and adzuki (red bean). During my semester abroad in Tokyo I ate so much green tea red bean desserts.

My favorites included a matcha bagel with red bean from Doughnut Planet and this amazing dessert crepe with red bean and custard filling topped with matcha ice cream from some crepe truck parked next to an arcade.  

Now that I have all the ingredients and supplies necessary for entremet cakes, I’ll be making a lot of the them.

What is an entremet cake?

An entremet is usually a multi-layered mousse based cake with a combination of flavors and textures.  

They were my favorite thing to make in culinary school and pastry school.  I think they’re so beautiful. And when made correctly with proper thought ad planning, the combination of textures and flavors is a party in your mouth.

There should be some sweet, some bitter, softness and crunch. Its not like a typical cake with a soft sponge cake and more soft buttercream.  That’s mush on mush.  There’s no surprise or kick.  

With an entremet, each bite is different and not boring.

Examples of entremet cakes include this mango yogurt mousse cake and this strawberry yogurt mousse cake

Cake Components:

For this cake, the bottom layer is a matcha sponge. I soaked it with a matcha simple syrup and then a layer of red bean mousse with whole red beans floating around.

There is another layer of soaked matcha sponge and finally the best matcha mousse ever. I also have a toasted sesame seed nougatine on top for a little salty and crunch.

Matcha Red Bean Mousse Cake

Matcha Red Bean Mousse Cake

Author Maryanne Cabrera


Matcha Sponge:

  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot water
  • 50 grams cake flour, sifted
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 60 grams granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, cooled

Matcha Mousse:

  • 160 mL whole milk
  • 5 grams matcha powder
  • 50 grams granulated sugar
  • 6 grams gelatin sheet, silver strength, bloomed
  • 120 mL heavy whipping cream

Red Bean Mousse:

  • 50 grams red bean paste
  • 20 grams unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 90 mL heavy whipping cream
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 18 mL water
  • 6 grams glucose syrup, or corn syrup
  • 12 grams superfine sugar
  • 2 grams gelatin sheet, silver strength, bloomed

Matcha Soaking Syrup:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 1 Tablespon warm water
  • 45 mL water
  • 45 grams granulated sugar

Sesame Nougatin:

  • 25 grams glucose syrup
  • 5 mL water
  • 65 grams unsalted butter
  • 75 grams granulated sugar
  • 50 grams white sesame seeds
  • pinch of fine sea salt


Matcha Sponge:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8-inch square pan and line with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. Dissolve matcha in hot water.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together yolks and 2 tsp of sugar. Whisk until pale. Then add matcha mixture.

  4. In another bowl, whisk remaining sugar and egg whites until stiff peaks. Fold egg whites into yolk mixture. Follow with sifted cake flour and melted butter. Fold until combined. Transfer to prepared cake pan and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Matcha Mousse:

  1. Bring milk to a boil. Meanwhile, mix together matcha powder and sugar. Add boiling milk to matcha-sugar mixture. Whisk until smooth. Add softened, bloomed gelatin and whisk until dissolved. Let come to room temperature. 

  2. Whisk heavy cream to soft peaks. Gently fold cream into cooled matcha mixture.

Red Bean Mousse:

  1. In a saucepot, combine water, superfine sugar, and glucose. Heat until mixture is 121 degrees C.

  2. In another bowl, whisk together yolks. Add to heated sugar mixture and whisk until pale and fluffy. Continue to whisk until the bowl is cool to the touch.

  3. Warm up red bean paste in the microwave. Add butter and mix together. Add paste into yolk mixture and heat until 85 degrees C.

  4. Add softened, bloomed gelatin and stir until dissolved. Let cool to room temperature.

  5. Whisk cream to soft peaks and add to cooled yolk mixture in three additions.

Matcha Soaking Syrup:

  1. Mix together matcha powder and warm water until smooth. Add remaining water and sugar. Combine until sugar is dissolved.

Sesame Nougatin:

  1. Melt glucose over low heat. Add water, butter, and salt. When butter has melted, add sugar and bring to a boil.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in sesame seeds. Pour mixture into a silpat-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Roll into an even thin layer. Let chill in fridge until set.


  1. Line a 4x8-inch rectangular mold with acetate strip. Alternatively, you can use a bread loaf pan with a removable bottom. Cut the matcha sponge in half. And place into rectangular mold.

  2. Brush matcha soaking syrup onto cake to moisten. Then pour in red bean mousse. Follow with remaining half of matcha sponge. Brush cake with soaking syrup. Then pour matcha mousse on top of cake.

  3.  Place assembled cake in fridge for mousse to set, about 15-30 minutes. Continue to chill cake until ready to serve. Before serving break up pieces of sesame nougatine to decorate on top of matcha mousse.

  4. Slice cake with a warm sharp knife to ensure clean slices. Wipe knife clean before each slice.

Matcha Red Bean Mousse Cake

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can you post the recipe for this please ? or email it to me @ [email protected]

Bear Maker

This looks ridiculously delicious and inspiring! Great Job!


Could i please request for you to send me a copy of this lovely gorgeous cake to [email protected]?


pretty please can I have the recipe too? :( My dads birthday is coming up..

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Hi.. could you please send me the recipe of this entremet? Would like to try making it. It looks wonderful!!


    Hi Elisa, I have updated the post and included the recipe!


Hi Maryanne!
Thank you for the recipe and such great pictures! I really wish to make it!
Do you have any experience using agar powder instead of gelatine?
best wishes,

    Maryanne Cabrera

    Hi Liene! Thanks so much! Unfortunately, I have limited experience using agar powder in mousse recipes. :(


Hi love the sound of this recipe. Just one question though, how do you heat up the red bean mousse to 83 degrees Celsius? Double boiler? Or microwave?


Thank you for your lovely recipe.
May I know how the yield is?
How many servings for this recipe?

Thanks so much


Hi there, I have a quick question.

Under the matcha mousse ingredients it says:
5 grams granulated sugar
50 grams granulated sugar

Is the 5 grams sugar supposed to be matcha powder since matcha isn’t listed anywhere else under the ingredients of matcha mousse?

Thanks in advance,


    Maryanne Cabrera

    Yes, thanks for much for pointing that out. Yes, it is 5 grams of matcha powder.

Sam G

Hi! I was wondering if any compenents or the whole cake could be made the day before?Thannk you!

    Maryanne Cabrera

    The cake and nougatine can be made in advance. The whole assembled cake can be stored in the fridge a day before serving. However, be sure to keep the assembled cake in an airtight container to prevent the mousse from absorbing any unwanted flavors from the fridge.

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