Hawaiian Butter Mochi

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Butter mochi is a classic Hawaiian treat made with coconut milk and mochiko (glutinous rice flour). All you have to do is mix and bake! 

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Butter Mochi - A Classic Hawaiian Treat Made With Coconut Milk And Mochiko (Glutinous Rice Flour).

Butter mochi was a great discovery for me when I “discovered” Hawaii via my now-husband. Butter mochi is another classic local style 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.

A Tropical Hawaiian Style Coconut Milk Dessert

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 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 butter mochi recipe.

Butter Mochi - A Classic Hawaiian Treat Made With Coconut Milk And Mochiko (Glutinous Rice Flour).

Easy Butter Mochi Recipe

This recipe is 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 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!

Butter Mochi - A Classic Hawaiian Treat Made With Coconut Milk And Mochiko (Glutinous Rice Flour).

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.

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…

Even if you aren’t a baker, you can definitely make this, so please give it a try!

Butter Mochi & Mochiko Flour

What is butter mochi?

Butter mochi is a classic Hawaiian treat made from mochiko flour, also known as glutinous rice flour and coconut milk. It is sometimes said to be a cross between bibingka, a Filipino desert and cassava cake.

What is mochiko flour?

Mochiko flour, also known as glutinous rice flour, is a flour made from mochi rice which is typically found in many Asian countries. Because of the milling and refining process, the mochi rice used to make mochiko flour has a high starch content and few complex carbohydrates. Because mochiko has a high starch content but does not contain gluten, it can act as a flour substitute for people with gluten allergies or intolerance.

There are are a lot of tasty dishes that can be made with mochiko. Take a look at all of my glutinous rice flour recipes.

Where to buy mochiko flour?

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Hawaiian Butter Mochi


  1. I just made this and substituted 1 cup heavy whipping plus 1/2 cup 2% milk for the evaporated milk and it was delicious. I didn’t have evaporated milk in the pantry and currently on Shelter In Place. This is my first stress baking item.
    Will definitely make it again.

    1. I forgot to mention, I used less sugar 1 1/2 cups instead of 2 cups. You can taste the batter to adjust it to your taste. AND I added salt. About 2 tsp of salt. Salt brings out the sweetness, thus, you can use less sugar.

  2. This is great that it’s gluten free. Is there a way to also substitute the butter and milk to make it dairy free?

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve made your recipe several times now. We LOVE mochi cake, it’s one thing the whole family agrees on. Since my son has a serious dairy allergy I make it with a stick of dairy free butter and substitute almond milk for the evaporated milk. Then I sprinkle the top with dried coconut. Love it! I’ve made it in mini and regular muffin tins to regulate the sizes my boys like to cut. I know that Trader Joe’s has their mix, but this is so much better. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. As far as I see this is awesome!! I appreciate your recipe and I tell you my experience hear. My Mom sent a mochi cake from a store in her area, and we became hooked on mochi cake but had nowhere to buy the mix. I tried a couple of other recipes, but this is hands-down a favorite with my family, plus super easy to make even at the last minute.

  5. 5 stars
    This is awesome!! My sister sent a mochi cake mix from a store in her area, and we became hooked on mochi cake but had nowhere to buy the mix. I tried a couple of other recipes, but this is hands-down a favorite with my family, plus super easy to make even at the last minute.

  6. We tries the butter Michigan for the first time two weeks ago on our Hawaii trip, we loved it! I was so happy that I found this recipe. I made it last night, and it turned out great! My husband couldn’t stop eating it. Well, there’s a few variations that I made. I normally don’t like the desert being too sweet (that’s strange huh, isn’t that desert supposed to be sweet?),so I cut it down to half. I think I can cut it down more next time if just making it for ourselves. I didn’t realize that the recipe called for evaporate milk, which I didn’t have, so I just used the regular milk. I wonder if I can cut down sugar even more since the evaporate milk is very sweet. I didn’t have a 9*13 baking wear so I used one 7*11 and one 5*8. It worked. The one I made is a little more sticky than the one that we tried in Hawaii. I wonder why? Anyway, thank you so much for the recipe.

  7. Couldn’t find my recipe, so used your and it’s delicious! Used whole milk instead of evap, since that’s all I had on hand, and it worked out beautifully. Grew up eating all sorts of mochi in Hawaii, and this is always a pot-luck favorite, and so easy. Hint: use a plastic knife to cut anything made w/ mochi flour – it won’t stick to the knife!

  8. Hi,
    I just made this today and It has a more Cakey texture than Mochi like in your picture. Curious as to why this would happen. Still yummy though.

  9. Hi just was wondering if baking time would be different if you were to bake them in the mini cupcake pans?

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve used this recipe so many times, and it’s always a hit! Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve now made this twice in one month. The first time I followed the recipe and they turned out a little too cake-y for my preference (probably has something to do with my baking powder), so the second time I made them I halved the baking powder to one teaspoon. This time they turned out dense and chewy, just like I was hoping for! I love this recipe and it was an excellent way to make new friends at my new job! Thank you so much for this awesome recipe!

  12. I just made this a couple days ago and it is delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I bought a 3 pack of mochiko on amazon because I can not find anywhere nearby that stocks it.

  13. Definitely doesn’t work with regular rice flour. Makes it really dry. If I can find the sweet rice flour I’ll try it again.

  14. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday. I was super lazy and just threw everything all at once in a bowl and mixed. It came out great. I also made it an upside down “cake” with lychee and jackfruit, and subbed out the vanilla for lychee syrup (from the canned lychee I used). It came out perfectly! Thanks for all your fantastic recipes!

  15. 5 stars
    Made these twice in the last week for Valentine’s/galentine’s and both were a great hit! Shared the recipe with 3 co-workers already and it’s still before lunch here where I am.

  16. Hi, I made these but didn’t try them yet. They look so tasty! I am wondering why mine has tall puffy edges with a sunken and cracked brown top? I followed all directions but I used generic sweet rice flour. My oven has been known to need longer when baking things but any longer I’d worry it would burn. Thoughts?

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