Butter mochi is a classic Hawaiian treat made with coconut milk and mochiko (glutinous rice flour). This recipe is so easy, all you have to do is mix and bake!
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Butter Mochi origin: a blend of cultures
Butter mochi was a great discovery for me when I “discovered” Hawaii via my now-husband. Butter mochi is another classic local style Hawaiian treat that is a hybrid of cultures. Now, don’t quote me on this, but I believe it’s a mix of Filipino bibingka and Japanese mochi. I like to think of it as Hawaiian mochi or coconut mochi.
I learned today that bibingka is made out of cassava, which I have never used or eaten before. But, the similarity is the coconut. While Japanese recipes don’t tend to use coconut, this butter mochi cake recipe has an entire can of coconut milk in it! It kind of adds a slightly tropical hint to it. In my opinion, this is the best hawaiian butter mochi recipe out there. But I am probably biased. 🙂
An Easy Butter Mochi Recipe
This is such an easy butter mochi recipe. Ridiculously easy. You barely even have to measure anything, because you just dump a can of this, a can of that, and a box of mochiko.
(By the way, lately I’ve been seeing mochiko at my regular grocery store. I found it in the healthy/natural foods section by the gluten free baking ingredients!)
ALL you have to do is mix, pour, bake, cut. SO easy and the result is so delicious! Fattening, yes, but delicious. And isn’t it okay to indulge sometimes?
This recipe makes a 9×13 inch pan full of japanese butter mochi, so you’ll want to bring this to a potluck or at least have someone to share it with. I had my husband take most of it to work and it was a hit!
Mmm, I just love the bouncy texture of mochi. I mean, it looks kind of like a piece of cake, but you bite in to it and… yum.
Butter Mochi Variations
Add coconut or fruit to make coconut or blueberry mochi
Some people like to add shredded coconut on the top of their butter mochi, but I like mine plain. Actually, wait… I’ve never had it with shredded coconut. Maybe I’ll try it next time! Coconut mochi, I bet it would be good…Some people also use other fruit like blueberries or bananas, I haven’t tried this either but banana or blueberry mochi cake could also be tasty if you want a different variation.
Even if you aren’t a baker, you can definitely make this, so please give it a try!