Mochi Cake Recipe

by ilene on April 11, 2011 · 10 comments

in baking, recipes

Mochi. It’s a funny word. And if you aren’t Asian, then you have probably never heard of it and it sounds like a name for a puppy or some kind of itch. If you are Asian, then you wouldn’t bat your eye at eating rice and/or beans for dessert and you know that mochi is a yummy Japanese dessert made out of a special sweet sticky rice.  Combined with large doses of sugar, coconut milk and butter, it turns into a heavenly cake.   Dense, chewy, crunchy around the edges and so good.   Totally worth the calories.  This recipe is from one of my former roommates:

Mochi Cake:


  • 3 cups (or 1lb) of mochiko (mochiko is mochi made into a fine flour. You can get it at Asian markets and it comes in a box like this)
  • 2 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 (14oz) cans unsweetened coconut milk
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Whisk together mochiko, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

Whisk together coconut milk, eggs, butter and vanilla in another bowl.

Add coconut mixture to flour mixture, whisking until batter is combined.

Pour batter into an ungreased 9×13″ baking pan, smoothing top, and bake until top is golden brown and cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 1 1/2 hours. Cool cake completely.

*Other variations include adding red bean or walnuts on top of the mixture before sticking into the oven.

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1 Phyllis April 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

You can also add blueberries or raspberries & blackberries – so yummy!!!

2 James April 11, 2011 at 10:00 am


Keep on posting, especially the food…. although I just might have check myself into addict group for food porn addicts. [Wait, that wasn’t TOO sketchual, right?]

Anyhow, I must try this recipe soon!!!

3 Sini April 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

looks so yummy!

4 Angela April 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm

It looks like it would be plain but when eaten fresh, it was really good! Definitely love the “crunch”!

5 judy April 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm

yikes!! i’m heading down the path of plumpness with this post!! i can’t wait to try making this!!

6 Dana July 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

Thank you very much for this recipes! I always wondered how to make mochi cake! Love it. Greetings from Germany =)

7 Anonymous September 12, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I love mochi! Can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂

8 Cynthia August 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I made this yesterday, MAN OH MAN, It is awesome!!!!! I love it..

9 Blanche August 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

I marbled it with chocolate mochi cake, it was delicious.

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