Is This Moon Cake Originates From Shanghai? Shanghai Moon Cake (上海月饼)



My kids loved Shanghai moon cakes not because of the egg yolk or filling, but the short crust pastry. At times, while I am not paying attention , they will “dig” out and throw away the filling and egg yolk  and eat the pastry only.. The same with my wife who is not a fan of moon cake at all. 


As a result, I have decided to prepare some moon cakes that are “thick skin” with minimum fillings.. But the recipe have been adjusted to the ratio of one filling to one skin (Skin: filling = 1:1).


I have a post on short crust pastry mooncake last year resembling the one sold by the famous bakery in Kluang. Locally, they called it the “mouse moon cake” and if you are interested, you can take read the post; Moon cake – Short Crust Pastry Moon Cake 

The colloquially so called Shanghai moon cake is characterized by its short crust pastry but it seems that Shanghai do not have such type of moon cake. It was not even listed in the Wikipedia’s listing of moon cake. The origin of it is rather doubtful..


Putting that aside, the Western style of short crust pastry definitely goes well the oriental moon cake fillings.


This recipe is my recipe modified from the above post. I have used butter instead of vegetable shortening as what most other recipe have called for.


Preparation is not difficult at all. In fact, among all the moon cakes, this should be one of the easiest and failure rate is very low.


The size of the moon cake will depends on your preference and if you like smaller sizes, you will need to get hold of more salted egg yolks as compared to 4 stated in the recipe.



Servings: Prepare 4 Shanghai Moon cake


Short Crust Pastry

  • 80 grams of butter, chilled and cut into cubes and keep in the fridge waiting for later use
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 200 grams of self raising flour, sifted
  • 40 grams of sugar powder
  • 30 grams of custard powder
  • 20 grams of milk powder (not in picture)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk (not in picture)


  • 4 salted egg yolks (pre-steamed for 5 minutes or microwave for15 seconds)
  • 50 grams of chopped walnuts
  • 350 grams of lotus seed paste

Egg washing

  • 1 egg yolk plus 1 tablespoon of milk plus a few drops of cooking oil, beat and sift


  • Some melon seeds  for decoration
  • Some sesame seeds for decoration



  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.


  • Mix the chopped walnuts to the lotus seeds fillings, knead until well mixed. Divide into 4 balls (or your desired number of balls), wrap a salted egg yolk in each ball. Shape round and set aside for later use.


  • Sift custard powder, self raising flour, icing sugar and milk powder in a bowl. Add the cold butter and use fingertips to rub the butter until it resembles some crumbs. Add the beaten egg yolk and cold milk, lightly knead until it forms a pliable dough. If the dough is too dry, add teaspoon by teaspoon of milk gradually.


  • Divide the dough into 4 equal balls (or your desired number of balls). Take one ball, flatten the dough, wrap a ball of filling, seal the edges and transfer to the cupcake cups or a lightly greased tray.  Egg wash the dough as thoroughly as possible and baked in the oven for 10 minutes.


  • After 10 minutes, egg wash for the second time and while it was wet, put the melon seeds and sprinkle with some sesame seeds. Send back to the oven and baked again for another 10-15 minutes. The baking time is for your reference and depends very much on the size of your moon cake. (Note: Alternatively, you can choose to egg wash once, but you have to put the melon seeds and sesame seeds once you do your first egg wash).



This is the ratio of one filling to one skin (1:1) However, do make provisions for yourself and choose a ratio that you are most comfortable (possibly 1.2 skins : 1 filing) with and come out with a presentable moon cake. This dough can be rather dry, remember: Add cold milk TEASPOON BY TEASPOON until you are able to handle it. Handling shall be light and swift for the pastry.


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For this year, I have planned to prepare this moon cake as hand gifts to friends and relatives if there are additional images, I will upload in the post.


Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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25 thoughts on “Is This Moon Cake Originates From Shanghai? Shanghai Moon Cake (上海月饼)

  1. Hi Ken, thanks for sharing your mooncake with Best Recipes,such a nice mooncake you made.
    By the way, hope you can display our Best Recipes batch in your post too,thanks in advance,and hope you can share much more great recipes with us too,have a a nice day^^

      • I am so sorry,just now the batch did not appeared ,please ignore it..haha
        Wishing you a Happy Mooncake Festival in advance too ^^

  2. Hi Kenneth, I haven’t attempted any mooncakes baking. But to support Fion, I have bought the pure lotus paste to try out some this weekend. Your steps in mooncake making really really helpful … thanks for sharing! Love those pictures too!

  3. Hi Kenneth, I baked these this morning. Haven’t tried it yet. I intend to bake these as giveaways this year. Perhaps, I can try this recipe too. Your mooncake looks good

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  6. Wow, I been looking for the perfect recipe since 2 years ago when I tasted the Kluang version. I’m going to try it out after CNY, thanks for sharing.

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  8. Hi,
    I wish to confirm whether it should be 1 egg or 1 egg yolk (lightly beaten) to be added to the flour mixture? As it stated in the ingredients is 1 egg but under the method it mentioned 1 egg yolk.
    Hope to receive your reply soon. Thank you very much.

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