Ever since I moved to the Triangle, I’ve wanted to do a Matcha Dessert Guide as I did for Austin. Unfortunately, matcha desserts haven’t been as popular in this area as they are in my previous hometowns of Austin and Houston. The rarity makes this running list even more special to me. I’ve searched high and low for these four spots for the best matcha desserts in the Triangle. I can’t wait to find more as I continue to eat around town! If you have an inside scoop on more matcha treats, please tell me about them in the comments! I’d be matcha obliged.
Matcha Mousse Cake at Asali Desserts & Cafe
Asali Desserts makes some of the most beautiful desserts in the area. Definitely visit even if you’re not looking for matcha. Pastry Chef and Owner Hanadi is extremely talented and creative. She currently has a matcha mousse cake that is amazingly balanced. Matcha can be an overpowering flavor if not handled with finesse. I think this leads to some bakers erring on the safe side and going light on the matcha, leaving your matcha craving wanting. This silky mousse cake has a strong matcha flavor that is balanced with the perfect amount of sweetness! I never want this cake to go out of rotation! (So, help me out by visiting them and trying this cake out for yourself!)
Asali Desserts & Cafe
107 Edinburgh S Dr. Suite 106-A, Cary, NC 27511
Green Tea Cheesecake at Stir
This green tea cheesecake from Stir with berry topping was the inspiration to commit to my whims of creating a matcha dessert guide. You can say it stirred something in me 😆. This cheesecake is delightful. Sugarface isn’t the biggest fan of green tea desserts, but the green tea flavor was subtle enough that both of us were able to enjoy it!
4242 Six Forks Rd #100, Raleigh, NC 27609
Matcha Cake at Tous les Jours
Tous les Jours, a global bakery originally from South Korea, has a location inside of HMart in Cary. You can also find Green Tea swiss rolls here and green tea macarons! You’re going to want to take some of their bread products home too.
Tous les Jours
961 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27519
Matcha Crepe Cake at Brecotea
Also located in Cary, is another Asian bakery similar to Tous les Jour in offerings! They have popular creme cakes that sell out quickly and one of these popular flavors is the matcha crepe cake! During COVID, their self-serve bread boxes filled with delicious treats are now being handled by an employee. Don’t forget to stock up while you’re there!
1144 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27511
Green Tea Mochi Donuts
Located in downtown Raleigh, Tonbo Ramen not only slings bowls of ramen (I like their mazemen!), but they also have mochi donuts! These made-to-order fried mochi donuts have a warm gooey center and come with a Videri chocolate ganache and blackberry apple brandy sauce. They’re so fun to eat with a playfully chewy texture.
211 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Boba Baba’s Mochi Donuts and Cream Puffs
Every other weekend, Boba Baba, a boba shop in Cary, sells mochi donuts! They have matcha glazed mochi donuts as well as taro glazed mochi donuts. They alternate between selling these donuts and cream puffs every other weekend. So if you stop by and don’t find these mochi donuts, you’ll still luck out with a matcha cream puff!
12102 Bradford Green Square, Cary, NC 27513
Heirloom Brewshop’s Matcha White Chocolate Chip Cookie
I was working outside at Union Station Plaza which is such a great excuse to pop into Heirloom Brewshop. They have one of my favorite matcha lattes in the Triangle. I looked over their cookie case and spied a matcha cookie! A white chocolate matcha sugar cookie. A stand-up cookie!
P.S. During COVID-19, they’re open for takeout and delivery.
219 S West St, Raleigh, NC 27603
Matcha Bundt Cake at Idle Hour
Idle Hour Coffee Roasters is such a cheerful space! I haven’t worked my way through their offerings yet but had to get their matcha bundt cake when I first visited. This bundt cake was made special with edible flowers sprinkled on top over a matcha glaze.
Idle Hour Coffee Roasters
1818 Oberlin Rd #103, Raleigh, NC 27608
And that concludes my list of precious four spots in the Triangle for matcha desserts. If you know of any more, I’d love for you to give me the scoop in the comments!
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